[Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby solo » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:25 pm

Is Animator and Thea 1.5 still working? I cannot get them to work together, I tried both from Animator dialog and from the Thea window to render an animation to no avail.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:14 pm

solo wrote:Is Animator and Thea 1.5 still working? I cannot get them to work together, I tried both from Animator dialog and from the Thea window to render an animation to no avail.

Good you signal it.

Something has changed in Thea 1.5, and the method for rendering does not work as it used to (you can see it in the Ruby console). This simply prevents the rendering from Animator with Thea. is ennoying and there is little I can do on my side.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby solo » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:23 pm

I have informed Tomasz about this issue, hopefully, he will fix it. I hear that Animator works with Vray now, I did not see Vray in the options, Is there a tutorial for Animator and Vray? I may need to use this if Thea is not working anymore.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:45 pm

solo wrote:I have informed Tomasz about this issue, hopefully, he will fix it. I hear that Animator works with Vray now, I did not see Vray in the options, Is there a tutorial for Animator and Vray? I may need to use this if Thea is not working anymore.

I sent a message to Tomas too.
VRay is supported, but same thing happens with the most recent version (v1.6), where the API is less stable and can hang.

More generally, there is not a lot of attention from rendering software companies to provide a stable and flexible API to use rendering from an external program (like Animator).

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby solo » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:52 pm

fredo6 wrote:
More generally, there is not a lot of attention from rendering software companies to provide a stable and flexible API to use rendering from an external program (like Animator).

Fredo



That is too bad, so what do I do?

Here are the options I have available, SU native or Thea, now that we know Thea no longer works (sad news) when I install Vray it will show up as an option? but the newest version does not work? so I have to somehow find an earlier version?

Is there any other render engines that work with Animator?

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:49 pm

Solo,

Twilight is also supported.

By the way, you really need to install ffmpeg in order to get the video files (mp4, mov, ...). Otherwise, you'll only get a sequence of png image files).

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Charlie__V » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:09 am

EDIT: Version# corrected.........thanks Fredo
solo wrote:That is too bad, so what do I do?
......... so I have to somehow find an earlier version?

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Don’t know if this helps as I don’t know Thea’s last working version in Animator. (SU V1.5.09.547)

https://www.thearender.com/site/index.php/downloads
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:42 am

Apparently, based on Tomasz advice, the problem disappears with the latest version 1.5.09.547.

I uninstalled Thea and then installed this latest version and it works again.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Macho3001 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:58 pm

Hi Fredo

I have just downloaded your wonderful plugin and specially like the detailed control over keyframes management (easing etc) and the ability to render animations on vray. However, you have not built support into it so as to be able to render animations outside of the local environment (ie, vray cloud for instance) as 99% of professional animation renderings happen over render farms and not on local systems. Vray cloud https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/cloud is the new rendering platform by chaosgroup like other 3rd party render farms out there and currently is in beta, free for testers. We are trying it out, and it indeed is good.

Is it possible to export out Keyframes from Animator as Sketchup Scenes (complete with easing values etc), so that those may be given out to Vray Cloud? I am sure many architectural firms out there would want this feature. Thanks.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2b - 14 Jul 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:48 pm

Macho3001 wrote:Hi Fredo

I have just downloaded your wonderful plugin and specially like the detailed control over keyframes management (easing etc) and the ability to render animations on vray. However, you have not built support into it so as to be able to render animations outside of the local environment (ie, vray cloud for instance) as 99% of professional animation renderings happen over render farms and not on local systems. Vray cloud https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/cloud is the new rendering platform by chaosgroup like other 3rd party render farms out there and currently is in beta, free for testers. We are trying it out, and it indeed is good.

Is it possible to export out Keyframes from Animator as Sketchup Scenes (complete with easing values etc), so that those may be given out to Vray Cloud? I am sure many architectural firms out there would want this feature. Thanks.

Ar. Nitin Sharma
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Animator exposes an API for rendering software to batch the rendering from outside Animator. So far, only Thea has implemented it.
Generating scenes is not a solution, because you can only handle the movement of cameras, not objects.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:43 pm

New Release: Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18

Requirement: LibFredo6 v8.5a

Minor release

  • Extension of validity
  • Fix a problem coming from using transparent move! for performance, signaled by ithil

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See Main Post of the Animator thread for more information.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Takkegek » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:32 am

Hi Fredo, I did some other tests with the plugin. But I was wondering, is it also possible to have a sun animation in these videos I made ( with thea render and animator ) ? So I want all the movement of the objects + sun animation ( from dusk till dawn for example), is this possible?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PKL0Gg3rfU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWNq3IeCrPA

other little thing: there is 'no clip defined in model' when I want to start animation render in thea render sketchup ( not animator). Even if I have the license done. Rendering from animator is no problem though.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:08 pm

Takkegek wrote:But I was wondering, is it also possible to have a sun animation in these videos I made ( with thea render and animator ) ? So I want all the movement of the objects + sun animation ( from dusk till dawn for example), is this possible?

Sun is supported (using Shadow Visual Effect). Just put two elements in the timeline with different dates and Animator will interpolate the shadows between the two.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Takkegek » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:38 pm

Thanks Fredo, I will try this!
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby studzinski » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:22 pm

Hi, I have created a staging animation in SU for a construction of a metro station, an 8min video, approx. 160 scenes, showing how the station will be built from start to finish, with construction equipment, etc. I am looking for someone to turn this into a more photo realistic animation, add some movement to the construction equipment, etc. Animator seems like the right tool, though I have never used it myself. Is there someone that would be interested and had immediate availability to do this for me?

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby bulet » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:27 pm

Cannot find the explode function in the latest version.

Please advise.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:54 am

bulet wrote:Cannot find the explode function in the latest version.

It is in the Movement palette

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Arc » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:18 pm

It is chinese translation, 100%.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby bulet » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:05 pm

fredo6 wrote:
bulet wrote:Cannot find the explode function in the latest version.

It is in the Movement palette

Animator explosion.png


Thank you. Found it. Was a bit confused with the route.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Valy2404 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:48 pm

Hi Fredo. when I export animation or render plugin writes that it needs a Pro version where I can fix it or buy a Pro version ?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.2c - 26 Aug 18 (SU2016+)

Postby Valy2404 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:07 am

Hi Fredo. when I export animation or render plugin writes that it needs a Pro version where I can fix it or buy a Pro version ?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3a - 14 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:15 am

New Release: Animator - v2.3a - 14 Nov 18

Requirement: LibFredo6 v8.6k

Minor release

  • Mouse Wheel can now be used for scrolling on Mac platforms
  • Various bug fixing

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3a - 14 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby palphd » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:00 pm

Hi Fredo,

Is there an option for achieving transparent backgrounds when generating a video as an images sequence (PNGs)?

Cheers,
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3a - 14 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:13 am

palphd wrote:Is there an option for achieving transparent backgrounds when generating a video as an images sequence (PNGs)?
Chris

Good point. I have to test, but it should be possible. I'll have to add the option in the GUI too.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3a - 14 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby palphd » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:45 am

fredo6 wrote:
palphd wrote:Is there an option for achieving transparent backgrounds when generating a video as an images sequence (PNGs)?
Chris

Good point. I have to test, but it should be possible. I'll have to add the option in the GUI too.

Fredo


Thanks so much for the reply! Animator is such a fantastic plugin, but I was going insane trying to find that option since MSPhysics and ClothWorks have it. Adding it to Animator will truly complete the SketchUp animation trifecta as far as I'm concerned.

Good luck and thanks again! :thumb: I'll stay tuned :fro:

Cheers,
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3b - 16 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:18 pm

New Release: Animator - v2.3b - 16 Nov 18

Requirement: LibFredo6 v8.6k

Minor release

  • Mouse Wheel for scrolling now works in parallel projection mode

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:59 am

New Release: Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18

Requirement: LibFredo6 v8.6m

Minor release

  • Bug fixing and GUI adjustments
  • Option for Transparent background for generating videos. It only works for Natural rendering and generate the PNG images with no background. I don't know if this makes its way through the video generation via FFmpeg. You need to install LibFredo6 8.6m.
    Animator - Transparent Background toggle button.png

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby palphd » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:52 am

fredo6 wrote:New Release: Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18

Requirement: LibFredo6 v8.6m

Minor release

  • Bug fixing and GUI adjustments
  • Option for Transparent background for generating videos. It only works for Natural rendering and generate the PNG images with no background. I don't know if this makes its way through the video generation via FFmpeg. You need to install LibFredo6 8.6m.
    Animator - Transparent Background toggle button.png

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See Main Post of the Animator thread for more information.


Thanks Fredo,

Good news: I can now see the Transparent Background toggle button on the GUI.
Bad news: I don't get transparent backgrounds in my PNGs when I export them with the option selected :(
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby fredo6 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:05 am

palphd wrote:Bad news: I don't get transparent backgrounds in my PNGs when I export them with the option selected :(

Did you upgrade to LibFredo6 8.6m?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v2.3c - 18 Nov 18 (SU2016+)

Postby palphd » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:14 pm

fredo6 wrote:
palphd wrote:Bad news: I don't get transparent backgrounds in my PNGs when I export them with the option selected :(

Did you upgrade to LibFredo6 8.6m?


That did the trick! You're the man, Fredo!
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