[Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby TonyAU » Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:16 am

Awesome..
Thanks for the quick response, I'll have a play with it and see how it works..

Cheers.
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby ctrlaltf1 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:06 am

Hello! I'm trying to animate a scene using STATIC SCENE (the ones created in SKP).
Here is the prob.
I add Scene 1, Scene 2, Scene 3....
and it ALWAYS forces a transition between them.

Whereas I want:
Scene 1. ...5 secs.
CUT to SCENE 2..... 5 secs.
CUT to SCENE 3.... 5 secs.

NO TRANSITIONS between scenes.

I'm getting a bald spot looking for a solution :S

Any comments appreciated.
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby juju » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:31 am

ctrlaltf1 wrote:Hello! I'm trying to animate a scene using STATIC SCENE (the ones created in SKP).
Here is the prob.
I add Scene 1, Scene 2, Scene 3....
and it ALWAYS forces a transition between them.

Whereas I want:
Scene 1. ...5 secs.
CUT to SCENE 2..... 5 secs.
CUT to SCENE 3.... 5 secs.

NO TRANSITIONS between scenes.

I'm getting a bald spot looking for a solution :S

Any comments appreciated.

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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby fredo6 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:49 am

ctrlaltf1 wrote:NO TRANSITIONS between scenes.

When you click on each element for scenes in the timeline, you have a dialog box appearing in the corner.
Just click and disable the 'Fade out' (it's a toggle button)

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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby piew » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:07 am

Hi, Is it possible to reuse the animated object in another sketchup file?

For example, I created a spinning fan in a sketchup project, but now I have a new project which requires the same fan in animation.

Can I reuse the same spinning fan I've created in animator previously, but in a different project?
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby fredo6 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:42 am

piew wrote:Hi, Is it possible to reuse the animated object in another sketchup file?

Not possible at the moment.

I am trying to think whether it could be possible and how to do it, but not obvious.
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby piew » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:38 am

Thanks for the quick response.

I got another question regarding rendering using 'ambient occlusion EX' plugin.

I did an APPARITION in animator to create a section cut effect of a particular object. However, after rendering, the section cut effect affected the whole scene instead of that object.

I then did another rendering using the normal Natural rendering and the APPARITION section cut effect works correctly on that single object.

Any idea how to make it work using ambient occlusion EX plugin?
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby fredo6 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:08 pm

piew wrote:I did an APPARITION in animator to create a section cut effect of a particular object. However, after rendering, the section cut effect affected the whole scene instead of that object.

This is one known problem with rendering software. They don't seem to take section cuts into account.

Could you try to render a model with an active section cut using Ambient Occlusion Ex and tell me if you see it.

Thanks

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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby piew » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:02 am

Hi,

I just did a section cut with scenes.

Ambient occlusion does not render section cut correction when export via animation mode.

Section cut does work in Ambient occlusion in a static view.

I guess that is the limitation of Ambient occlusion renderer.

Thanks for your awesome tools Fredo.
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Re: [Tutorial] Animator Quick Start

Postby fredo6 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:28 pm

piew wrote:Ambient occlusion does not render section cut correction when export via animation mode.

Section cut does work in Ambient occlusion in a static view.

Animator interacts with Ambient Occlusion Ex via an API. Maybe it caches the state of objects. Let me see if there is a way to force a refresh. I noticed the same behavior with Thea.
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