[Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.1a - 17 Jan 21

Postby fredo6 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:06 pm

New Release: Animator - v3.1a - 17 Jan 21

Requirement: LibFredo6 v11.5

Major release
  • Introduction of Camera Around, allowing the creation a camera travelling around a set of objects
  • Bug fixing
  • Cosmetic and technical adjustments

Here is a short presentation on Camera Around:



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See plugin home page of Animator for Download of RBZ from the PluginStore.

See Main Post of the Animator thread for more information.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.1a - 17 Jan 21

Postby JClements » Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:09 pm

A great way to begin the new year! THANK YOU.

Really nice features and interface/easy-to-understand controls.

Should satisfy long awaited needs. The demo is well explained.

Could Scenes be generated? Export to movie formats or images (jpg, gif, etc.)?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.1a - 17 Jan 21

Postby fredo6 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:47 pm

JClements wrote:Could Scenes be generated? Export to movie formats or images (jpg, gif, etc.)?

What do you mean 'generated'?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.1a - 17 Jan 21

Postby JClements » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:50 am

Have scenes created at specified intervals along the camera path (eg., at 10% intervals or intervals at a specified distance).
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.2a - 28 Jan 21

Postby fredo6 » Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:39 am

New Release: Animator - v3.2a - 28 Jan 21

Requirement: LibFredo6 v11.5

Maintenance release

  • Extension of validity

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See plugin home page of Animator for Download of RBZ from the PluginStore.

See Main Post of the Animator thread for more information.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.2a - 28 Jan 21

Postby tomasz » Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:51 am

Great to see the beta. It is good timing since we prepare a new release too.
I always appreciate how detailed and well thought your feature implementations are!
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby fredo6 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:56 am

New Release: Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Requirement: LibFredo6 v11.5

Maintenance release

  • Fixed a major bug for Camera Tracker introduced in v3.3a. Unfortunately, you will have to remove camera tracker sequences created with v3.3a and recreate new ones.

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See plugin home page of Animator for Download of RBZ from the PluginStore.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby axetect » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:21 am

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for creating such ingenius tool, now I would like to ask if there is any way to make it render at cloud, it would be a game changer for me as a low spec pc user. Thanks
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby fredo6 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:03 pm

axetect wrote:I would like to ask if there is any way to make it render at cloud, it would be a game changer for me as a low spec pc user. Thanks

Unfortunately, this is not under control from Animator. It could be done by the rendering software if it interfaces to Animator (via a dedicated API). In a next release, I will try to improve the rendering time for VRay 5, because there are new features.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby TonyAU » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:29 am

Thanks Fredo, amazing work.

Just one thing, will you be re-implementing the aspect ratio buttons.
I miss just hitting 16:9 and changing one value..
Bit lazy I know.. :)

Cheers.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby sectionaa » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:38 pm


I am still experimenting with this excellent plugin - many thanks.
For animating camera I can only see two real options - Tracking object or rotating around object.
Is it possible, or will be possible, to have camera follow a path? Two options would be useful, either looking ahead, or turning left/right up/down.

In a post from Treadshot A1, Dec 29 2016 earlier version, he mentions camera path option of bezier.
Has that option now gone.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby fredo6 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:41 pm

sectionaa wrote:For animating camera I can only see two real options - Tracking object or rotating around object. Is it possible, or will be possible, to have camera follow a path? Two options would be useful, either looking ahead, or turning left/right up/down.

Camera Path is on my plan. It's a little bit longer than planned actually.

sectionaa wrote:In a post from Treadshot A1, Dec 29 2016 earlier version, he mentions camera path option of bezier.
Has that option now gone.

Not sure what it is... and probably not related to Animator.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby chrisn » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:47 pm

Hi, thanks for the plugin! Is it compatible with Vray 5.10.01 (latest as of 03/09/2021)? All I'm getting is a black screen for each frame.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.3a - 22 Feb 21

Postby fredo6 » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:55 pm

chrisn wrote:Hi, thanks for the plugin! Is it compatible with Vray 5.10.01 (latest as of 03/09/2021)? All I'm getting is a black screen for each frame.

Normally, it is compatible with VRay 5. I did not test V5.1 however.

Could you try to press the button Test Image before you launch the video generation. And also open the Ruby the console.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby fredo6 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:07 am

New Release: Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Requirement: LibFredo6 v11.5

Maintenance release

  • Extension of validity

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See plugin home page of Animator for Download of RBZ from the PluginStore.

See Main Post of the Animator thread for more information.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Kelvinos » Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:00 pm

I'M finding that Vray 5 will render, or at least show CPU/GPU usage thats consistent with a render but doesn't actually show any render progress in the VFB or the progress Window. I'm not sure what Chaos changed since my last version 4.2. I hope that you can fix it, I love Vray and Animator but now that I updated Vray I can't easily downgrade without completely resetting my scenes and remapping all the textures :(
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby olegbo » Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:15 pm

Just a question, it is very complicated to implement the ability to clone / copy clips in Animator and make them unique in the sense of "deep copy". I mean, basicaly, recursively coping / cloning sequences inside the clip and grouping them under the new name. From my point of view, it will make the workflow even more efficient and will help to structure rather long and repertive animations or serve as a template.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Viveca » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:46 am

Hello,

Thank you for this wonderful extension. Since I upgraded to Sketchup Pro 2021, I have not been able to export videos. I believe I have the latest version of Animator and of FFmpeg.

When I click to generate a video, it lets me select options, and it generates the png files, but I get an error message and can't generate any video. I made a screen recording of one attempt, but it is too big to attach to this notes.

My specs:
Mac OS Big Sur 11.2.3
Sketchup Pro 2021 Version 21.0.392
Animator version 3.4a - 30 Mar 21 (but was already having this problem with the last version. I just installed that today to try to fix it)
ffmpeg-4.3.2-2021-02-27-full_build

Any help appreciated.

Thank you!
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby fredo6 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:09 am

Viveca wrote:When I click to generate a video, it lets me select options, and it generates the png files, but I get an error message and can't generate any video.

Could you at least tell me (or post a capture) of the error message.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Viveca » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:57 pm

fredo6 wrote:
Viveca wrote:When I click to generate a video, it lets me select options, and it generates the png files, but I get an error message and can't generate any video.

Could you at least tell me (or post a capture) of the error message.


Thank you for quick reply. Error txt file is attached. It says:

sh: /Applications/ffmpeg-4.3.2-2021-02-27-full_build/bin/ffmpeg.exe: Permission denied

Also, I just ran it again and have more detail to report. After the png files are created, it stalls on the process screen at 100%. It just stays there and never continues on its own. If I click "Preview Video" nothing happens. If I click "Interrupt," Sketchup pops up a window asking if I want to generate the videos. If I say yes, I get another Animator window with video format options, but when I mouse over any of the options, I get an error message, and when I click "Save and close" nothing happens and no files are generated. I'm attaching screenshots of all of this.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby fredo6 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:06 pm

This seems to be a problem of security for the FFmpeg executable.

Could you go to your Mac Preference panel, Tab Security and see if you have the possibility to accept FFMpeg as a valid program.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Viveca » Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:29 pm

fredo6 wrote:This seems to be a problem of security for the FFmpeg executable.

Could you go to your Mac Preference panel, Tab Security and see if you have the possibility to accept FFMpeg as a valid program.


I couldn't find any option to do that. I deleted the FFmpeg folder that I had, and reinstalled from the link on viewtopic.php?f=401&t=71975. During this process, I got the pop-up security alert, and I told it to download anyway. This time it only installed one file called ffmpeg (last time there was a whole folder). I put the one file into Applications and tried again. The same thing happened: I got all the png files and an error message saying: "sh: /Applications/ffmpeg: Permission denied." Only this time all the png files disappeared. This has happened before. I see them pop into the finder while the program is running, but then they all disappear and only the error message remains.

I called Mac support. I'm still on hold with them. I've been on the phone for an hour with tech support. She has not found anything in my computer blocking the program. They're transferring me to a senior specialist, but I'm not optimistic, so I'm responding here now with this update. I also see that other people are reporting the same thing, but I'm new to these forums and having a hard time finding relevant threads and their responses. I will keep looking but also appreciate any ideas you may have.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Viveca » Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:50 pm

Me again. The senior person showed me how to command click to open a file that is by an unidentified developer. But the ffmpeg that I downloaded this time is just one document file with no extension. It doesn't seem to be executable. Before I had a whole folder. I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to be downloading a whole folder or one file and if so with what extension.

I tried viewtopic.php?f=401&t=71975 under
Step 1 - Downloading FFmpeg

The first step is to download the FFmpeg executable. The links below point to a zip file containing the executable file of FFmpeg (stored on the Sketchucation web site).

Windows 64: zip file
Mac OSX: zip file


And then I tried https://ffmpeg.org/download.html#build-mac but there were too many choices, and I (obviously) don't know what I'm doing, so I didn't feel comfortable testing random downloads.

Please advise.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby azizxpx » Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:11 am

Hi

Is it possible to export to MDL in the future to be used by moving cars in flight simulator or p3d ?

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby Viveca » Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:47 am

Hi again! Just wanted to thank you for trying to help me. Once it registered that you're not responsible for ffmpeg, I went online and figured out how to install it properly. Well, okay, I don't know if it's proper, but I know Animator works like a dream now. So I'm all set. Thanks for the great app!
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby fredo6 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:32 am

Viveca wrote:Hi again! Just wanted to thank you for trying to help me. Once it registered that you're not responsible for ffmpeg, I went online and figured out how to install it properly. Well, okay, I don't know if it's proper, but I know Animator works like a dream now. So I'm all set. Thanks for the great app!

Thanks for the feedback. It's normal that the Mac system sometimes reacts with security prevention since FFmpeg is an executable.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby pierrearchi26 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:01 pm

Hello Fredo,

I am currently working on Animator v3.4 and I cannot save the project when I exit the plugin and stay in the Sketchup model. The "save" button in Animator seems not work for me under version 2018 windows version.: cry:: cry: back inside Animator plugin and everything (mouvements) have deseappeared as in the maintenance window . impossible to save the curent project.
Thank you for your feedback.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby fredo6 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:11 pm

pierrearchi26 wrote:I am currently working on Animator v3.4 and I cannot save the project when I exit the plugin and stay in the Sketchup model. The "save" button in Animator seems not work for me under version 2018 windows version.

Could you open the Ruby console and check if there are errors when saving.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby pierrearchi26 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:26 pm

fredo6 wrote:
pierrearchi26 wrote:I am currently working on Animator v3.4 and I cannot save the project when I exit the plugin and stay in the Sketchup model. The "save" button in Animator seems not work for me under version 2018 windows version.

Could you open the Ruby console and check if there are errors when saving.


Non je n'ai pas d'erreur dans la console (aucun affichage). Le fichier Animator est pourtant bien créé. ?

Je profite de ce message pour vous remercier pour vos plugins que j'utilise au quotidien depuis 10 ans au moins !.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Animator - v3.4a - 30 Mar 21

Postby pierrearchi26 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:40 am

i have re-installed the plugin and disable other plugins and it works fine now. Thank you. Pierre. :thumb: :thumb:
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