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Post by frootee // Oct 7, 2008, 11:34am

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Hi everyone.

We'll have a scriptor meeting tonight if you want to come; I'll probably be watching the debate though. Anyone else?

I do have something to show. I could show it next week.


Basically, we were discussing some very interesting topics a couple weeks ago. One involved using clips/keyframes to trigger animation in a script. Something like that; I apologize for not having the whole story straight. Anyway.


I played with this idea for awhile. The discussion was based around the RsAnim example in the plugin SDK example set.


In a nutshell, with a script command, I created a clip for a cube. The clip itself contains no keyframes. I don't need keyframes for my particular application; I just need the start and stop times of the clip. Obviously, when the clip is moved or resized, the start and stop values change.


So, if I add script code to another command, which will:

1) start scene animation

2) start a timer, which is connected to the script command


the script code (in the command connected to the timer) checks to see if the timer value is > the clip start time, AND < the clip stop time.


If so, then I perform an action, like, load a file. :D


Now, some other things I need to think about are offline renderers. I need to be able to render a frame, then on render complete, advance the timer one tick, and advance the animation one tick. Then render the next frame. Yes, this is necessary for my project.


I may wait til next week to show this thing; it still needs work anyway.


But if you're interested in coming tonight, here's the info:


start time:


http://www.caligari.com/birdsofafeather.asp



later,


Froo

Post by robert // Oct 7, 2008, 12:06pm

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I know I'll be watching the debate, mainly for history class, but also I'm interested in how well Obama will do as the "New Guy".

Post by frootee // Oct 7, 2008, 12:22pm

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well I imagine it will be interesting.

That's for sure! :D


I am currently looking to see if I can 'queue' render jobs using the D3DView script set, basically execute:


D3DView.RenderToFile(.., .. )


on each timer tick.


Funny thing is, you can't specify a FILENAME. hehe so we'll see what happens.

Post by robert // Oct 7, 2008, 12:24pm

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I assume you've looked at the Render Cloth object, correct? I know that renders to file between each physically calculated frame.

Post by frootee // Oct 7, 2008, 12:25pm

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ah cool forgot about that. Thanks man! I'll check right away.


Froo
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