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Old 03 March 2011   #1
Renderable Frame Counter

Hello, I have searched a while now for a script that would allow to add a frame counter for my scenes. Basically something that would display the current frame. Now I know that the maya's HUD displays current frame, and I found a bunch of scripts on creativecrash to make annotations constrained to cameras.

While this is all nice, I need something that would actually allow me to incorporate those frame numbers into my renders.

I found a nice script that allowed this

but now one more problem.. I would like to also be able to send my renders over the network via deadline. And in this case above script did not work..

Any suggestions on creating a script that works, or pointing me to the place where I could find one that already exists would be great. Thank you!
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Old 03 March 2011   #2
nope sorry nevermind, please ignore, I found a way. Cheers!
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Old 03 March 2011   #3
It might be helpful to others if you shared what the solution was.
Old 03 March 2011   #4
yeah sure, well I don't know how 'correct' in technical terms is what I've done, but it works for me.

Make a text using a command from the script I mentioned above:
textCurvesBevel("Arial Black|h-35|w400|c0","1");

then you will see there is a node `textForBevel1` created in your scene. Now just assign expression to that..

 string $currFrame = `currentTime -q`;
 setAttr -type "string" textForeBevels1.text $currFrame;

quick and dirty but dose the trick. Hope it will be of use to someone
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