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Mike Pauza
08-03-2009, 02:47 AM
All,

I recently created a short animation to test out a workflow of Daz3D Content/Rigging/Animation, and rendering (and some animation) in LightWave. My goal was to see if small animation companies could inexpensively buy professionally rigged characters to produce "decent quality animation" for a nice price point.

Here's an outline of the project:

*Sound effects purchased, voice acting recorded, sound editing in Sound Forge.
*PiSong's frog character was purchased, posed/morphed in Daz, input into LW as morphs.
*Environments rendered in Vue and mapped to "triangular meshes" for compositing in LW.
*Character textures colorized in Photoshop.
*Morph animation keyframed in LW.
*Radiosity rendering in LW.

Total production costs were only around 150 man hours, and around $100 for everything else. Even though the animation is fairly simple, IMO this workflow should be interesting to the little guys.

http://ss3eqa.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pVQfY4FPANgAUiawLnbLt82bTTbXp3q8Y8E2R9k66V_rk7fAWyW1vC2wfXZ9FKYR3tZZciBky5ax-6qDCeaKtzQl4qHI4l2pc/1835_GodsWillISWiser_Thumbnail.png

Below is a link to the animation named "God's Wiser", a religious piece which parodies the famous Bud Wiser beer commercial.
http://www.sermonspice.com/product/25601


Comments are most welcome. -Mike

Seraca
08-03-2009, 02:58 AM
Hi im curious Does Lightwave support collada?
the free Daz studio exports to collada. Just FYI

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/dulquarnain/elepaht-export.jpg

Mike Pauza
08-03-2009, 12:54 PM
Serace,

I've had no luck with LightWave Collada, but the new CORE version's scenes are supposedly built around Collada, so that should improve and would be a big deal for this type of workflow.

-Mike

richcz3
08-03-2009, 06:40 PM
Mike, interesting test and thanks for the post.
I purchased DAZ Studio Advanced and the rigging tools to do similar tests. The program on paper and partly in practice, holds promise. It's Puppeteer animation feature set pretty much works as advertised - easy to use and gets immediate results. Unfortunately I think DAZ is a little too dependent on 3rd party plugins promoted as its feature set. But programs like it are on the right track to integrate into established 3D programs.

I think the hobbiest-ware markets are maturing enough for consideration into individuals tool sets. Between where LW 9.6 and Modo 401 stand, the export/import features of Daz Studio hold some promise to help fill animation gaps.

Seraca
08-03-2009, 07:31 PM
Serace,

I've had no luck with LightWave Collada, but the new CORE version's scenes are supposedly built around Collada, so that should improve and would be a big deal for this type of workflow.

-Mike

I see the Daz Collada exporter seems pretty complete unfortunately many of the target apps have Different "implementations" of their importers .
for example In Maxon Cinema4D I can only get Bone Deformations but no animated morphs with imported DAZ rigs
but fortunately We have a third party plugin Called "interposer Pro" (http://www.kuroyumes-developmentzone.com/products_interposer_pro.html) that imports&Converts ALL poser content still & animated, even native poser scene files ( PZ3)

BTW have you seen this plugin set for Lightwave?? (http://www.kurvstudios.com/software/plk-index.php%20)


@Rich have you tried the "aniMate+" plugin for Daz studio (http://www.vimeo.com/4726306) it adds powerful NON linear tracks called "aniblocks"
and a rudimentary graph editor.


Anyways there are many options to get Daz rigs into our various pro apps these days.




Cheers

Mike Pauza
08-04-2009, 03:11 AM
richcz3,

Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I agree that pupeteer is great for simple budget animation. A lot of the content is pretty good too, and cheap to boot. I also agree Daz is nowhere near being a "pro" app.

Hope you have luck with your own tests.



Seraca,

I've seen that plugin yeah. "Mr Kurv" is a good guy BTW. I did a LW dynamics video for him a few years ago...

At work we're getting Poser Pro (ha ha another "pro app") scenes into LightWave fine with an additional importer from Poser. I wonder if Poser can load Daz animation very well? That would let me go Daz-Poser-LightWave.

Yeah, I'm guessing that solid import/export solutions are here or nearly so.


-Mike

Seraca
08-04-2009, 03:42 AM
I wonder if Poser can load Daz animation very well? That would let me go Daz-Poser-LightWave.



-Mike

Yes Sir you can and for FREE
do a search at the Daz forums for the "Poser Format exporter" or "PFE"
It Exports animated pose files from Daz studio with morphs to poser PZ2 thats how i get my nonlinear motion mixes from DAZ "Animate+"to use in Cinema4D on my poser rigs imported to C4D Via the IPP plugin.



Cheers

Mike Pauza
08-04-2009, 10:39 PM
Seraca,

That's great news. Thank you sir.

-Mike

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