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  1. All right... for what it's worth I did get this to work, however, it looks kind of weird and isn't by itself too useful. However, the way I got it to work is kind of interesting, or at least a little surprising to me. It was with one simulation not two. The simple mesh was one group, I subdivided with split patch, and the newly created patches went into a different group. Then I gave the first group Sim Cloth properties so that collision detection was on. The split patch group was given Sim Cloth properties so that collision detection was off. Then I made one over-arching group that actually has the Sim Cloth material applied to it. I created subgroups in the material that referenced those two first groups so that the simulator would access the each group’s Sim Cloth settings during the simulation. As predicted it did increase the speed of the simulation, while maintaining a very high patch count. However, as you thought Rob, whenever the cloth was struck by a deflector, it looked too much like a bunch of evenly distributed “pinches” in the clothing as few lone collision-conscious points endeavored to drag the rest of the collision free points along. However, I didn’t know about this subgroup thing until now, and I find it is incredibly useful for speeding up simulations. In the sim I am working with now, I created five groups: One with Collision Detection OFF but Self Collision ON Another with Collision Detection ON and Self Collision ON Another with Collision Detection ON but Self Collision OFF One with Collision Detection Off but Self Collision OFF And one last group set with “Attach” ON I basically looked over the model and judged which areas would probably have no self collision issues (or any collision issues) and placed each section into the most logical group. Also, any areas that are not really supposed to move at all (like the collar of this hooded cape thing) were placed in the Attach group. Because this allows the computer to think as little as possible during the simulation, the simulation is running much faster and the results are easier to control. So I guess I learned something good out of this, even if my initial plan didn’t work.
  2. Thanks for your pointer about up-scaling. As for your other comments, I think you misunderstood my question and took it as some sort of affront. I am not asking for a feature. I am pretty convinced that the mechanism already exists. I mean with capes and dresses, they often hang off the rest of the geometry (if that geometry moves Sim Cloth moves the Dress or Cape accordingly irrespective of the added complication of collision. So garden variety geometry is driving Sim Cloth geometry in that case, so it seems reasonable that it could be driven also by every other point, as it were. I really think the program can already do this; I just think I am missing something. By the by, this is hardly my first stab at anything Animation Master related, I’ve been using the program for seven years.
  3. I admit it would be an approximation which would only "virtually" increase the quality of the simulation, however the increased speed and ease of malleability would make it worth the bother IMO. Also it is not as bad as chicken wire driven cloth patches... Where 1 represents a point controlled by the first pass and 2 represents a point controlled by the second... A true chicken wire solution would look like sort of like this. 1---1---1 1---2---1 1---1---1 In the method I am proposing the distribution would look more like this 1---2---1 2---2---2 1---2---1 Literally every other point along any given spline would be run on the second pass. I hope my bad illustrations make sense. Also in the case of my particular model the difference is approximately 661 versus 2627 patches... which is a signifcant increase. I am not sure I know what you mean... are you referring to literally scaling up the size of the model and it's cloth in the choreography (wouldn't you have to scale up the whole world?) or are you referring to that weird scale variable under the sim cloth plugin properties for each group (which I can't make heads nor tails of in all honesty). Thanks for responding so fast by the way.
  4. Hello everybody, I have been working with Sim Cloth with some success ( I have a human model with a hooded robe + cape outfit which is working relatively well in Sim Cloth) however it is only working well because the geometry resolution of the fabric is relatively low (as is the invisible model used for bounding information). While it is working pretty serviceably as is, I was trying to use the split-patch plug-in to make the fabric more complicated. Of course upon doing this, the simulation times became very slow, which isn't so bad, but now also the number of collisions is in the tens of thousands and often the simulation now becomes unsolvable even with a good deal of tweaking when it comes to the variables, # of steps, etc.. Here is my thought. Is there some way to simulate the cloth with these serviceable low-res meshes first... bake the muscle animation.... subdivide the mesh (with split-patch), and then run another cloth simulation where the newly created subdivisions are dragged along by the baked muscle motion of the low-res part of the mesh. This would drastically improve the results (over the low-res method)… And because you could pretty much ignore all collision data on this second run without a too serious drop in quality, the overall speed of running both simulations would be an improvement. More importantly, it is easier to control, manage, re-adjust, and manipulate the low res-version. However, whenever I try to make this happen, I can't seem to get muscle animations to drive a Cloth Simulation. The two simply don't seem to mix. It seems like it would be possible too, since there are group settings labeled “attached” that seem related to my current quest. But haven’t been able to make it work. Does anyone have any insight on this matter? Thanks, FilmReal P.S. For some reason I couldn't post on the Cloth board, is that board discontinued?
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