Maya image plane freezing for first 8 frames

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  04 April 2013
Maya image plane freezing for first 8 frames

I'm putting an image sequence in the maya viewport background with an image plane attached to the camera. I'm using jpgs. Fairly small ones too. Between 100kb and 300kb each.

The problem is, it freezes on the first frame for the first 8 or 9 frames and then the image sequence starts.

I feel like I've had this problem before, but I don't remember the cause or the solution.
Does anyone have any insight into this problem?

Please advise.

P.S. I'm on Maya 2013
  04 April 2013
you can try putting a -8 in the "frame offset" option of the image plane attribute editor windows.
  04 April 2013
Agree sounds like you need an offset.
I wouldn't attach to image plane on the camera, I would put the image sequence on a polygon.
Then you have more control. You can even add a slider on the polygon to key the offset meaning you can skip frames forward and back.
YouTube image sequence with slider.
  04 April 2013
Thanks for the reply. The offset didn't do the trick. But I did figure it out. It was the image number padding. Apparently Maya doesn't read image padding more than 5 images large. But not six. For instance, it wouldn't read something like filename.000001.jpg but it would read filename.00001.jpg.

It was actually freezing until frame ten when the decimal place would push to the left one space and it would be able to read the numbers. Strange, but a useful thing to know.

Thanks for the image plane tip too Jon. I'll give that a shot next time.

  04 April 2013
oh nice, i didn't know about the 5 digits limitation, thanks for sharing your solution.
  04 April 2013
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