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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Animation Video Cropping Freeware/software
« on: April 13, 2008, 08:22:12 pm »
Open virtualdub, then

file>open video file

After your video file have opened:

At the bottom of the video box, you'll see what looks like vcr controls. the rightmost buttons look like birds flying in different directions.  those are the mark in and mark out buttons for cutting/deleting.  Slide the progress bar until you have the video where you want to begin your cut.  click on the 'mark in' button (the one on the left). use the slider again to get to the end of the segment you want to cut out, then click on the 'mark out' to delete the segment.  I don't know if you can undelete so be careful.
chaz

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Animation Video Cropping Freeware/software
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:21:42 am »
VirtualDub will remove front end, back end, or cut segments.  very easy to do.  I also use it to convert video from camcorder to targa files (.tga frames) for sequencing into voodoo camera tracking.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: How did you find Anim8or?
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:15:20 am »
I was looking for tutorials on how to add cg to "live video" and came across one called 'how to make traveling mattes' with wax 2.0, which uses anim8or for the modeling.

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thecolclough,

why don't you write a tutorial on how you did it?

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ASL Scripts / Re: motion tracking request
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:26:33 pm »
AIdi
I'm like you.  I want to use voodoo, not Icarus (which is supposed to leave a watermark on final video).  There are a few tutorials on how to use voodoo with 3ds max, but none with blender or anim8or.  A blender user told me how to import the python script into blender, but it was way out of my skill set as a beginning blender user.

Unfortunately, I don't know any programmers that could study the Ic2anim8 program and write one for anim8or.  Maybe Steve could contact the folks at voodoo and see if they would include a script for us.  I think voodoo is a university project in the Netherlands(?) and maybe it could be a student project?
Since voodoo will save the tracking as a text file, maybe we could find out a format to import the script.

Blender takes the data from the completed voodoo camera tracking and makes what is called a "point cloud" (from all the 'feature points') and also imports the camera data (rotation, movement, etc.).  The targa frames are used as a background image.  You are supposed to be able to determine your plane, etc, from the point cloud.  At least, that is my understanding of it.

I found anim8or because of a tutorial at http://www.debugmode.com/tuts/wax/travelling_mattes/travelling_mattes.htm, on how to make traveling mattes with Wax 2.0.  I want to become proficient with anim8or before completing the tut at that site.

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General Anim8or Forum / Anim8or and Voodoo camera tracking
« on: April 10, 2008, 07:39:55 am »
Will Anim8or import a script from Voodoo camera tracker?

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:01:49 pm »
I did the tutorial again.  I had missed the second subdivide step.
I still haven't figured out why I don't understand how to do the steps around the 'rotate faces', but I'll have to save that for later.
Here's the second eggplant.  Comments?

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 09, 2008, 11:58:07 am »
I figured out that each face did not have a corresponding face that had 4 points per petal.  I deleted the top layer of faces.  Then I extruded the faces that extend outward.  this gave me 4 points per face.  I selected the top edge of the 5 petals and extruded them.  This worked out fine except that when I went to rotate them the petals themselves were not rotating, only the tops.
Here is a pic of the first completed try.  Looks like I missed something about the smoothing or subdividing.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 09, 2008, 06:09:03 am »
this is what I get when I follow the next instruction to use the tilt button to turn the faces more vertical.  It doesn't look like the picture. This is why I feel like I'm missing a step or something.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 08, 2008, 04:30:56 pm »
Thanks.  Here's the cropped screen shot just before things start to go awry.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 08, 2008, 03:28:02 pm »
how do I post the screenshot to show what I've done?  I made a jpeg in PS.
thanks!

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 08, 2008, 03:04:40 pm »
Thanks!  That helps a lot!

Can you help me figure out where I'm going wrong in the eggplant tut?
I've scaled the top extrusion out approx 25%, then extruded again and scaled that in.  Then I selected the 5 upward faces like in the picture.  That's where things bigin to 'go south'.  The newly extruded faces are now selected.  The text says "Once you have then selected as shown on the right, extrude them a small amount, scale them up until they are close to touching, but not quite."  I guess I'm missing out on how to transition from the first extrusion to where the extrusions can be rotated upwards.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: introduction
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:45:43 pm »
Hi Jaron (Doom),
I'm new here too.  It's nice to see young folks take up this as a hobby (or profession).  I'm gonna need lots of help around here.  I wanted to model a wheel, but I can't do it from memory because we didn't have them when I was your age.  Ha ha.

falloffalot-I hope you have soft padding inside that thang, cause getting a dent in it would hurt as much as falling off and hitting a rock.  I love ethnic food.  I think I'll change my screen name to falafel-alot.  Go Gyros!

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General Anim8or Forum / Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:21:06 pm »
I have found that I learn best by tutorials.  I tend to take the tut literally, so reading between the lines is not something I do.  That means, of course, that when a small detail (instruction) is left out of the process, I'm dead in the water.  Confused, I sit, staring at the screen, wondering what to do next.  Whether I back up and repeat, or start over, if the instruction is missing a step or vital piece of info, the result is the same.

We each have our own preferences and learning methods.  Having a bunch of instructions in one paragraph doesn't work well for me.  Do this, then this, then this, then this, then that makes it hard to follow and hard to figure out where I went wrong.

I work better with:

PARAGRAPH CAPTION

Do this. (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do this.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do this.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do that.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

NEXT SECTION

(Numbering the steps may be tedious, but if there's something wrong with the tut, you have a reference point.  Ex. "Something went wrong when I followed step #27.  It didn't look like the picture next to it.")

Having pictures representing progress is great (as in the eggplant tut) and you can tell if you're following the tut correctly.  The problem I'm having with the eggplant tut is that the pictures are too small where I'm having trouble following the instructions, or the text doesn't match what I thing the pic should look like.  Here's an example:

"Once you have then selected as shown on the right, extrude them a small amount, scale them up until they are close to touching, but not quite.  Then use the face rotate  tool to tilt the faces so that they are facing a little bit more vertically.  To do this, click and drag the left mouse button carefully in the vertical direction only.  Moving it to the right or left will twist the faces in the wrong direction."

I know that I'm missing something here, or the text and pics (which are too small for me) would make sense, which they don't.  The faces selected in the 3rd pic are edge faces, not side faces, so I can't figure out how to rotate extrusions that I don't have (like in the pic).

Please don't get me wrong.  I'm not condemning, complaining or criticizing.  I would like to write another version of the eggplant tut the way I prefer it and submit it so folks have a second opportunity to experience the tut from a different perspective and I would have a chance to really zero in on learning.  I've heard that if you really want to learn a subject, then teach it (and I really want to learn this program).  If I can write the tut, and get your feedback to improve it (it would be my first), we would all win.  I just need to know how to start (how to do the screenshots, etc.).

What do you think?

Submitted humbly,
Chaz

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