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thumperness last won the day on September 13 2018

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    F. David Puthuff
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    Charleston, SC - USA

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  • A:M version
    v18
  • Hardware Platform
    Windows
  • System Description
    Running Windows 10 on my iMac 21" 16 gigs RAMV19
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  1. Finally finished with school. So now I can get back to my real show. I am working on getting a bunch of still images turned into a video. The version of FCPX that I am using is: The directions I am using are: In your FCPX preferences/settings, change the default still frame duration to 1 frame. Import all of your still image files into FCPX. Create a new project and drag all of your still images into the timeline. ‘Select All’ so that every image in the timeline is selected. Right click and select ‘Make Compound Clip’. Use your new compound clip as a video file in any regular project. Line 1 makes sense until you look at my preferences box: Still image Duration is set in seconds not frames. So I divided 1 second by 30 and got .03. I put that in and it still set each still image to about 15 frames. No bueno. Is there a way to either directly set the duration to frames, or set the units of time to frames? What am I missing Thanx for the help. Thumperness (David)
  2. See Attached Just to make sure I'm still moving forward. Now I'm working on it's actions.
  3. I am sitting in a Maya class (No fights intended, just part of my degree) For texture mapping, you take the model, cut it into parts, make a seam, and unfold it flat so you can add the texture. What is the equivalent in A:M? Do we have a way of flattening?
  4. OK...I have added a parent bone to the Bow and I can now move it fine in the action window. Next comes the Box/Machine. Then, I play with constraints as one of the arms on the 'box' is going to have like a hydraulic piston motion. Hurricane vacation is over now. So back to work and school for me. I may slow down on this some, but I will get it done.
  5. Very likely, the bow will be shooting a second arrow while the 1st arrow is still in the air. It will all depend on the timing. Right now I'm guessing the fire > reload > fire will take approx. 30 frames or less. While the lofting arc path of the arrow may take up to 90 frames.
  6. OK...To make sure I understand...I need to add a 'parent' bone to each model. Then in either the model or action window, if I select the parent bone and hold down CTRL, I can then move the model w/ it's bones. I'll play with that.
  7. They just go right through and 'disappear'. There will be an effect that takes place on the target though.
  8. I still can't figure out how to reposition models in the Action Window. Also, are actions only used on models in the chor?
  9. I get it. I work in IT at Boeing SC.
  10. Just on a High Level, I wanted to make sure I knew what I am supposed to do in each window so I'm not trying the wrong thing in the wrong place. I only have 3 actions, that I can think of, in my current short but they involve what are now 3 different models. Mdl Window: Place the CPs and Patches (Make the model) Bones Coloring? Materials? Act Window: Make repeatable actions Chor Window: Place Models Lights Cameras Add Sound Effects? Make non-repeated / non-cyclical movements I have a mechanical contraption (model 1) that is firing a Bow (model 2). The arrow(s) (Model 3) will follow a path to wherever I aim the path at that time. Actions: Preparing to fire Fire and reload Finish and put the bow in its holder Flight of the arrow to target? I will probably need to do some kind of 'fire-and-forget' thing where I can fire an arrow on a path, have the machine reload and fire at a new target before the 1st arrow makes it to its target. So I'm guessing the flight of the arrow will be it's own action that begins by orientating to the arrow that is being fired. (Clear as mud?) I guess I'm just rambling now hoping something will stick...
  11. Is adding an Action Object different that importing a model into the action?
  12. What tam I missing? I am trying to make the bow and the box part of the same model? But when I try to move and place the bow/string, the bones do not move w/ the bow. Why? My theory is: to make the box and bow as one model. Make a couple of actions that I can drop on the model once it's in the chor Once I have the model in the chor, will the action 'work' regardless of the orientation of the models? Bow Music3.prj
  13. Can you put more than one model in an action?
  14. This is Great!!! Now to ask for more. How about commands that use the mouse? Like attaching CPs to one another. (ie Shift-Left Click while in this command)
  15. So I tried this. I can get 2 mdl in an action, but I can't figure out how to physically place them where I want. Translate, rotate, etc... Am I supposed to do this in Action or Chor.? I'd like to have the bow with the box, in an action, so I can see how far to move the box's arms and whatnot. Bow Music2.prj
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