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  07 July 2004
object material id's

i have had no luck getting object or material id's to work in dfx+
i render out a rla or rpf in lightwave(through image processing) and bring it into fusion, i've tried evey combination of depth tools and merges but cannot seem to manipulate object or materials in any way. when i use the pick function i get no feedback...is this normal? if i assign object id's to any color or alpha channel i get nothing (using channel booleans) i do have mod 4 and i have had a lot of success with z channel, but cannot seem to do anything with object id's?

  07 July 2004
i think you need to apply mapping coordinates to objects in lightware,dont know how it works in lw,i use max,but you need to map objects like you would normally do,and then you can use texture tool to replace textures.
  07 July 2004
even to make a effect mask of an object?

it makes sense for textures.
  07 July 2004
Object and material IDs can be selected as masks in each tool, under the fusion radioactive tab.

If you wish to change the look and/or texture of an object, be sure to apply UVW co-ords, and use the shader node in DFX+. I have also read that lightwave requires you to apply a texture in order to render out the UVW to RLA. Some have said that they just apply a plain white bitmap to render out, and then change it in fusion/DFX+.

To use the pick function, you need to hold down the left mousr button, and then drag over to the display and select the appropriate object. (still one of my pet peeves about DF)

From what I can tell from what I've read elsewhere, rpf, rla files are not supported or rendering correctly in lightwave. The coverage channel is incorrect, so you may experience artifacting and aliasing in the final image in DFX+.
Jason Kolodziejczak
Digital Fusion Consultant
Toronto, Canada
  07 July 2004
thanx jay
i am useing the pick function right, but there is no response in dfx,which makes me think it dosn't see different objects, the only change i get is if i manually change the slider from 0-1, I would guess this is LW issue...which really sucks.
I will try the UV map trick though
  07 July 2004
well the uvmap thing didn't work either, i uvmapped my objects and they still are not distinguished in dfx(can't seem to pick them)

if anybody has a rpf rla that is working, if you could post one small frame just so i can establish that it's not 'operator error' that would be appreciated.
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