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3 Dimensional Chat / Playing imported DirectX anims

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jamma
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Posted: 21st Nov 2002 12:39
I'm muddling through the export/import of DirectX objects and finally getting somewhere. I'm experienced in Lightwave but am a bit baffled by DirectX objects. I have exported a rotating object from LW and it loads ok. Soon as I use the "Play object" command it just vanishes. Ive now used Glue to Object and attached a DB cube to the imported LW object and that plays exactly as the LW import should, ie rotates. Is this a positional problem on the imported object? It seems to be ok on frame 1, but then goes away somewhere upon playing.
Help!
jamma
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 13:09
Been playing around and I don't think this is a DirectX animatiom-specific problem. If I just load the imported object (and don't PLAY it) and just rotate/move it then it dissapears.
Any ideas at all anyone???

pathfinder
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 14:53
very odd ive had no problems with lightwave to .x.

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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 14:53
you using the dstorm plugin?

jamma
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 15:28
Yes, dstorm with LW 65b. I can get the geometry out ok, but the animation won't play. Or it will, but the object dissapears and is'nt there to show it. Can you do a breakdown of your export process, and what settings you use?

pathfinder
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 15:49
luckly I posted the settings before, few

in the export tab I have

version = Directx8
format = text
export materials = tick
export animation = tick
export frames = tick
frame prefix = Frame

Animation tab as follows

frame to export = Keyframes & sampling
frame steps = 1
timescale factor = 1
bake fulltime IK motions = tick

preview tab I Have - not importand but it does help to know it worked

Run view after Export = tick
select viewer = C:\LightWave_3D_7.0\Plugins\directx\viewer\DXView.exe

pathfinder
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 16:00
hmmm, i wonder ... did I have a problem with the 6.5 version using animation i think i may have done

jamma
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 16:04
Still no go. I can load the object and rotate/move it now, but as soon as Play Object is triggered it goes away. Looks like you're using LW7, wonder if it's a 6.5 related problem. Any little tricks in LW Layout?
Baffled.

jamma
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 16:05
Bet that's it. Ye Olde 6.5b is to blame I bet. Sigh...LW7 upgr for Xmas please Santa.

pathfinder
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Posted: 22nd Nov 2002 16:52
I have to admit It took me a while to upgrade area lights were worth it mind.

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Posted: 23rd Nov 2002 03:58
I had the same exact problem with Max 4.0. I finally got my .x objects to play. Use the .3ds to .xconverter that comes with DB. I dont know if you can export .3ds files from lightwave.

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