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Is there a software package for Mac, Linux, or Windows that shows how to set up lighting or even shoots for video productions? Recently I have seen Mac software for photographers but that is very specific to photography equipment only.

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  • 3D would be better, lighting on faces as well as directional. 2D would only handle an overhead map but no real visuals. – Jeff Clayton Dec 25 '14 at 23:14
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It would be quite a lot of work, but possibly worth it for other benefits, but you could model your set/environment in Blender and then try out your lighting and camera positions using it.

The additional benefits are that you can greenscreen and/or generate special effects with the same model. It has been used for movies such as Project London.

Blender is a Free, Open Source, Cross Platform and very powerful 3D Modelling, Animation & Rendering tool. It allows you to position cameras and lights (of several different types) and animate their motions as well as the motion of scene elements.

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  • Interesting idea, I have heard of this one. – Jeff Clayton Dec 25 '14 at 23:15

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