View Full Version : Import script as though it were a scenefile

11 November 2010, 07:14 PM
Here I have a python script that imports a bunch of geometry and attaches the appropriate point cache to each one.

How would I go about if I wanted to make a .ma, or any other format maya would consider importing/opening, that performs the same action? Basically a self-contained scenefile, ready to perform this script in any scene.

import pymel.core as pm
import glob

mddDir = 'w:/somefolder/mdd/'
meshList = [['C:\\somefolder/mdd/meshes/object1.obj', 'object1'], ['C:\\somefolder/mdd/meshes/object2.obj', 'object2']]

fileList = glob.glob(mddDir+'*')

shotRange = [114.0, 349.0]
#pm.playbackOptions(min=shotRange[0], max=shotRange[1])
print "Using range: " + str(shotRange[0]) + "-" + str(shotRange[1])

if pm.objExists( 'cacheGroup' ):
cacheGroup ='cacheGroup')
cacheGroup ='cacheGroup')
for entry in meshList:
file = pm.importFile(entry[0], returnNewNodes=1)

mesh =, tr=1)
pm.rename(mesh, entry[1])
pm.parent(mesh, cacheGroup)

reader ='PO_Reader1')
newReader = pm.rename(reader, 'PO_reader_' + entry[1])

for file in fileList:
if file.find(entry[1]) != -1:

11 November 2010, 08:16 PM
you would probably embed the code into a scriptNode and save that as a .ma scene file.
at least, that's how I'd do it.


11 November 2010, 08:52 PM
Ah, how cool. I'll try it out. Thanks!

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