MadCar (Plugin for Car Animation)


#1

I wrote new plugin for car animation.

It is free.

You can download it from http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/

Movie http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Mustang.mov

http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/hill.mov
http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/turn.mov
http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/wheel_moving.mov

32bit version (3dsmax9/2008) http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/MadCar32x.dlo
64bit version (3dsmax9/2008) http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/MadCar64x.dlo

Help file http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/MadCar_Help_ENG.doc

Test scene http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/MadCar_Sample.rar


#2

Wow! That looks fantastic. Cant wait to try it out.

Thanks a lot mate!


#3

Works pretty well :smiley: thanks…
though i found it rather hard to figure out exactly… but once you know where and how to use these different controllers and what not… its sweet :smiley:

one question though… how do i add multible objects as the “surface”? (max crashed when i tried this) i just selected all the different object with the “pick surface” button… i guess thats the right way to do it… but it has´nt relly worked that well yet
ill try again


#4

You have to collapse multiple objects to single mesh.


#5

I tried that… it didnt work :shrug:… the car just went right through

and also… it (kinda obvious that atleast an error should accure) Max crashes everytime something intersects… i mean… if i start the simulation when some of the wheels intersect the surface it crashes… . it would be awsome if it didnt crash just brought up an error… :slight_smile:
(and i also just be sure that nothing intersects :wink: )
but i guess thats just Max´s thing… heh crashing…

Question:

Is it possible to drive “reverse”… backing up the car?..
or is it only possible to drive forward/sides and break…?

EDIT:
Tried attaching the objects to the surface again, this time it worked :smiley:


#6

Did you push “Update Surface” button?

crashing… i din’t have this problem. It is very stange.


#7

What do you use? Mouse, keyboard?

in case keyboard, press PAGE DOWN
in case mouse, rotate wheel back


#8

Hi!

Look interesting!

I like your animation with the Mustang a lot! How did you create the forest?


#9

Ok… thanks…

though i must say… ive had 5 crashes with max the past 20-30 mins… (Max usualy never crashes) im using Max 2008

but i guess i just have to figure out what it is that makes it crash (wich im 90% sure is the intersecting most of the time) and awoid it


#10

Thanks

That is my plugin too. It is secret at this moment.


#11

Can you send me your scene which bring to crash?
Karbaras@rambler.ru


#12

that would be a bit hard… since i have tried 4 different scenes (from scratch) … it isnt really a crash that occures all the time or anything… its just when i mix with the settings (driving on/off and reset the animation) and stuff… it might crash… but it most sertanly everytime the wheel or anything is intersecting the surface, and i press play, that it crashes…
*its sometime happens like… when i reset the anim, and do stuff… then it suddenly intersects and it crashes…

EDIT:
Ok… im sending a scene… this one crashes everytime (i think) i simulate the car… then reset the animation… and try to simulate it again… :shrug:


#13

Sorry, i don’t know what problem is. I didn’t have crash ever.
Did you try my example scene?

Please send me one of 4 scene what you use, if it possible.


#14

ok… :slight_smile: i have sent a scene :thumbsup:


#15

I just try your scene. But i can’t get max crash. very strange.

Do you use Craft Director Tools?
One man had same problem… But i am not sure…


#16

hmmm? strange… try to move the car (just for testin) so that it intersects with the plane/surface… and see if it crashes

no i dont use Craft Director Tools … hmm


#17

Still no crash
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/967/opsfi5.jpg

Sorry. it is too late in my area, i have to go to sleep.


#18

Ok… well… thats very strange
anyways… it works great otherwise :wink:
nice plugin :smiley:


#19

Karba

Nice work !
Ran it fine but had a couple of crashes due to wrong clicks i think.
Also I created a plane with lumpy noise animation to see if i could use it as a speed boat. The car ran on the first frame of the plane deformation but did’nt follow the animation as i hopped. I presume you could do a frame by frame update of the surface for the rig to follow, would be nice.
Love to play with your forest plug too.

Best
MB


#20

fantastic plugin!:thumbsup: Thanks man! i will try this soon.
your demostration movie looks cool and very real.