View Full Version : Finding the U parameter of a curve?

08 August 2005, 06:26 AM
I'm trying to write a MEL procedure that when given a x,y,z point and an EP curve, it would return the U parameter of the curve that is more close to that point.
I would imagine that the folllowing command would do the job...
`pointOnCurve -position $x $y $z -turnOnPercentage true -pr curve1`
but unfortunatelly it gives an error!

Any help on this?

08 August 2005, 09:26 AM
hi there,

pointOnCurve can only return a position given a parameter U and not vice versa. However, closestPointOnCurve can return the closest point on curve or its U parameter given another position.

closestPointOnCurve -inPosition $x $y $z -q -paramU curve1;

hope this helps

08 August 2005, 04:31 PM
This sounds like exactly what I need...only that I cant find that MEL command anywhere!
Are you sure it is a built-in MEL command and not some extra script you have found somewhere?

After a quick search I found that this closestPointOnCurve is a MAYA API function, which doesn't help much. And it must be part of a plug-in to compile given with the Maya Developement Toolkit, right? have you been using this?

08 August 2005, 04:52 PM
Sorry, I forgot about that. It does come as a plugin which I haven't installed so I;m not sure where it came from. A search in Maya's help says its one of the example plugins in Maya's Developement tool kit. An internet search came up with this:

08 August 2005, 04:59 PM
Yeap, I just found that site as well!

So I guess I'll install this plugin since I dont seem to be able to find an another way to do it by using native MEL commands.
Thanks for your help!

08 August 2005, 06:09 PM
As far as I know there is no build-in MEL command that will calculate closest distance but alternatively you can use pointOnCurve command to find the distance between your point and a number of points on your curve and then use the shortest distance. In that case you might need to chose between precision and speed.

08 August 2005, 07:53 PM
Anyone else has tried using closestPointOnCurve?
The "Parameter U" attribute gives me a weird value that doesnt appear to be clamped between 0-1 , which is what I ultimatelly want.

08 August 2005, 10:06 AM
closestPointOnCurve returns a value between the curve's paramter range. Riobuild your curve
(Edit Curves/Rebuild Curve...) and set the parameter range to 0-1. Also check on CVs under Keep so that your curve's shape doesn't change.

08 August 2005, 03:13 AM
Yeap, I got it working with rebuiltCurve
Thanks again!

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