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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Galacticats!
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:11:15 pm »
The vocals are not too shabby, and fit well with the video!  Definitely an 80's-90's feel.

Then again, I grew up in the 60's...

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Galacticats!
« on: May 26, 2016, 01:43:14 pm »
Very clever, Cori!  Good luck with your pursuits!

Ongoing Anim8or Development / Re: Off to Italy
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:07:24 pm »
Steve ---
I know what you mean.  My late wife and I visited in (ahem) 1992, and I fell in love with REAL Italian food.  We absolutely HAD to have our daily fix of espresso, gelato, and pasta!

I'm a LightWave user, and there's one fellow --- Eric Matyas --- who's been "sharing" his music on this site:  Give it a look-see.  You may want to contact him.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Creating a texture
« on: February 28, 2016, 04:08:07 pm »
How do I create textures?

Since your question was HOW to create (edit/alter) textures, not that you wanted someone else to do it, I recommend you look into something like IrfanView or XnView, both of which you can find for free.

Now there's a play on words...

I agree, regardless of the hedonistic nature of the object.

Just kidding, ronaldfarmer! Actually, it's often difficult to get 3D text to "look right."  I like the beveled edges, and the color scheme looks good, too.

The "LWOBJ" to which you refer is simply a generic name to indicate that you're missing one or more LightWave object files.  I doubt the file you're looking for is actually called "LWOBJ."

Lightwave projects use a filing hierarchy that uses "Images," "Objects," and "Scene" directories.  The object or objects you're looking for should be in the "Objects" directory for the project you downloaded.  Normally, when you're using LightWave and you get the "Missing LWOBJ" message, it asks you if you want to get it from another location.  All you should have to do is say "Yes," and then navigate to the "Objects" folder and LightWave will automatically load the proper file as long as it exists in that folder.

BTW, just as with Anim8or, it's always a good idea to READ THE MANUAL, or look over the multitude of tutorials that are online for LightWave.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: A Matter of Proportion?
« on: October 18, 2015, 07:37:43 pm »
Yes, indeed, it's a LightWave model:

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Back home and working on next release
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:00:40 pm »
How i wish this sort of thing existed for the human memory.

I was just thinkin' the SAME THING!

Oh, wait...

                 What were we talkin' about again?     

Welcome back, Steve!  Glad to hear everything is copacetic...

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Need help
« on: October 09, 2015, 11:26:24 pm »
It's not necessary to choose both parent and child.  The child should "tag along" with the parent's motion.  Conversely, you should be able to move the child independent of the parent.  If you sel;ect both and move, you may get results you're not after.  Did you see what I posted here?:,5281.0.html?

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Who's the parent here?
« on: October 03, 2015, 03:02:00 pm »
thecolclough --- Good start.  By "first parent," you recognize there is more than one.  But, the target isn't located at the center of the ball.  It's the other way around, the ball is centered on the target.  That's what you implied, but not how you stated it.

For that matter, I'll concede that there is more than one target in use, and each has a different role.

Hmmm, wasn't it Hillary who said "It takes a Village...?"

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Who's the parent here?
« on: October 03, 2015, 04:40:52 am »
We were having some discussion on modeling for animation, and (properly) establishing parent/child relationships so that the animation workflow wouldn't be a nightmare, when I thought about working up this little animation.  I originally posted a portion of it on the General Anim8or Forum, but thought I'd add a bit to it and post the results here to see if there might be any questions about how to do something like this without pulling your hair out.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Need help
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:13:20 am »
I got to thinking about parenting and independent relationships and threw together this short video for folks to ponder...

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Need help
« on: October 01, 2015, 01:36:55 am »
Mmmmm, not exactly, Owl.  But the important thing is that you achieved the results you were after, which is really all that matters!

OK, so let me expound just a bit on a generic approach to modeling, rendering, and animation, at least from my perspective.

It's important to "think ahead" about what it is you're trying to do.  A top-level, "composite object" model can be good for gathering ideas, but it doesn't provide the necessary flexibility when you want to modify one or more elements.  It's often better to treat your model like you would a model car or airplane --- as a bunch of individual piece parts that come together.  And of course, the approach you take to modeling also depends on whether you want something simple to convey an idea or something that looks convincing.

Creating a stick, box, or blob figure is relatively quick and easy to model and animate, and can be quite useful at conveying ideas and, because of how the brain "fills in" details, even emotions.

On the other hand, if you're modeling something organic, such as a face or a human body, in order to appear convincing, you need to mimic what a real face/body does: moving one portion of the mesh can affect another portion.  For instance, when you smile, it's not just your mouth that moves; your cheeks plump up, your ears move, creases appear below your eyes, wrinkles appear, your lips may part, revealing teeth.  These are not independent actions, but with careful modeling and --- in this case --- bone setup, you can control each action independently.

For non-organic models, such as your quad, it's best to keep the parts that move separate and independent from the parts that don't move, and then "build" the model and establish the parent-child relationships within your scene.  And, obviously, it's important to understand the relation between the parts that move and those that don't.  For instance, the props rotate and provide the lifting force to move the frame in real life, but they are fixed in place on the frame.  So in your animation scene, the frame is the parent of the prop, not the other way around.  And as I've said in a previous post, bones are great for organic models, but aren't necessary for "hard" objects.  X-Y-Z translations and Roll-Yaw-Pitch orientation should be adequate within the scene.

Likewise, the cage may rotate, but it is attached to the frame.  So, the frame is also the parent of the cage.  That is, you want the cage to follow the azimuth (right-left) motion of frame, but you want the cage to rotate in pitch and be independent from and have no effect on the frame pitch motion.

With more time and experience with Anim8or (or any other modeling package) these things have a way of becoming more apparent.  My basic recommendation to folks just starting out is to model fixed and movable piece parts as individual objects, and then "build" them in the scene.  I already said that though, didn't I.

Oh, and one final observation.  For any object that translates or rotates, make certain that, in Object Mode, you locate the rotational axis (axes) at the origin.  Otherwise, you're liable to get some weird motion in your scene that you will end up fighting.

Good luck and good Anim8ing...

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