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    Happy Holidays!!!

    Ahhh Bernd.... I thought we were gonna go without the cone folk this year! Sir, if you only knew how Paul Helm in Tech Support looked forward to these every year. He enjoyed them every year. I do so as well! Bravo Bernd! Now the Holidays are complete!
  2. Hi ADS< It would be really helpful to someday be able to import an Alembic animation file from Maya, for example, and have it play in the file on the timeline, if it's easy to accomplish. Currently I would have to render a cloth sim for a curtain in Arnold, for I have no way to get it to formZ and VRay. I have to use Maya for simulations for example springs and rubber materials. It would be nice it that went to Datasmith and Twinmotion. I understand that UnReal 5 supports Alembic files from Maya at this time. Twinmotion does not right now.
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    Need to import Alembic animation files

    I had a falling rubber skirt to put into a revised VRay animation, and I wound up exporting each frame .obj geometry from Maya and making stop motion frames and then animation in After Effects. It was a very short animation, so it was ok.
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    Just Great!

    I also thank ADS for Datasmith, it has been a great tool, and something myself and others asked for on the forum in the past. We've got DS. VRay5, and PowerCadd for the drafting asks we've seen. I think ADS has responded to requests with fulfillment. I appreciate this so much right now and look forward to how these things continue to improve and improve our working experiences.
  5. Dear Setz, Thanks for at last sharing some of your work. Of course I haven't seen a bunch of those movies and now will have to go check them out. Bravo man! Do most of these get built for actors to use and climb on? That would be such a cool job. I did see the Doc Ock movie, I like it because he's the guy I'm most cut out to play and that design stuff for making that character into a real "thing" was all awesome. Thanks for posting. Always a pleasure looking at your imagination.
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    at Setz finally, finally, finally, your trove

    Hi santa, He posted some images of the concept work he has done for films over the years, they are in the gallery under W. I do have a Wacom tablet I do use with both ZBrush and formZ. I find I am quite a bit faster even with formZ on the Wacom pecking tools and settings (mouse is heavy after nine-million miles).
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    at Setz finally, finally, finally, your trove

    Hi, Man, you are so right, I had the exact same three apps at one job I worked at for a couple years doing grocery store product renders where for example I would need an exact duplicate of a syrup bottle and they would ship me the bottle. We had a rude 3d scanner that required scratch building the model (both inside and out for accurate product hero renders) in Modo over the scan. Then I would use 3d coat to UV and put the seams where I wanted them. I was so impressed with 3d Coat. Now I am working where my product files come from Solidworks. I can open anything with formZ. I agree those three apps would allow anything to be created. I bought a ZBrush personal license a long time ago I have been getting into it finally trying the stuff I've always wanted to learn but put off. Finally learned how to paint fine details and make hair, so maybe I can do a bust or something. Cheers
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    Chaos Cosmos & Animation Plug-Ins?

    Hi all, I have been so happy with formZ and Twinmotion, because I have to import models of all different formats and clean them up (car seats, etc.), build accurate industrial product models from pages of plans, put them all together and have nice animation clips ready fast. To me this is a great system, the main weird thing is I have to control object animation in Twinmotion with materials. So if I have to have multiple panels moving, that share the same material, I have to manually make copies and assign them separately in formZ to make them move at different times. I could see a cool tool in formZ that allows one to organize materials along "object" thought lines. I noticed going to Sketchfab had the same system, if you didn't name your material separately, you had to go back and re-import. I think the new "onliney" interfaces want to work this way.
  9. Anyone find Ambient Occlusion in Twinmotion? One thing I wish it had.
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    Anyone find Ambient Occlusion in Twinmotion?

    e-mail sent😀
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    Anyone find Ambient Occlusion in Twinmotion?

    Thanks, Jean-Luc! I just completed my first building material product animation using TM, and I must say it was a very good experience. I think I have convinced my team that rendering days are over.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Hi Support, Good news! I reported the animation with RTX broken last build, but I just tried it with a new file in this build and it generated a .fan and an .avi just fine! Woo-hoo animation gains!
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    forms north

    I think it's here at the bottom of this drop down dialog under sun location.
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    cobrien, I "think" it is only Vray that actually has to have a signal in order to launch and run. Contact support perhaps for checking out VRay license. Also, main thing... sometimes I close and re-launch so fast for some reason the Vray won't load. Usually, this is not an issue, but recently I had one get by me and I started working on my file with Vray unloaded. Needless to say, I lost a little work going back to the .fzb. One time an .fzb saved my rear end. Just be careful running Z without a VRay license or make sure it's loaded before working. Standard cautious procedure, I suspect.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Only one oblique to add to that Rob, I noticed that during the tech webinar for Unreal 5, using Lumen for real time global illumination, they outright stated that they were not even trying to make the new real-time ray tracing available for VR. The dev said that they are just now able to ray trace one frame rate at passable speeds, 2 eyes is so far out it's not even being attempted. That's not to say AR/VR are not going to be viable down the road without real-time raytracing, but that's how far we are away from the hardware being ready. I'm not trying to do that now, so I'm going with the NVidia side, betting since it will always be less costly. Vray has a competitive product starting out meant to be a competitor to TM. I suspect we'll see this thing being a beast in a ring of other real-time choices not too far down the road. Ramble over
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Animation looked to be rendering fine and quickly but then fan file was corrupt. I reported to support and sent in all the files.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Just a block on top of a block, in 9.2, cpu vs rtx 2:26 vs 1:15. bout twice as fast. trying an animation test next
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Ok, I just benched a real render file from yesterday. formZ 9.1 with VRay cpu only (i never got hardware to help at all) 20 cores 38:58. formZ 9.2 with VRay5 and RTX 2070: 13:05. I know this isn't the same tech to compare, but it is the first comparison of what time it will save me because those times are just great. Justin, your rig must totally destroy renders now. Is my increase because I used a dome light in my scene (I changed nothing) or just because of the RTX processor? Both? Anyone know this yet?
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Hi cobrien, thanks for saving me, of course ADS removed the temporary link for all the legal reasons, of course. I think my companies e-mail sorter modified the original e-mail links and destroyed them to protect me from evil. I got it tho.😁
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Thanks cobrien, those download links were of course what I needed. All's well now. I had the license e-mail from chaos, so that was already solved.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Hey guys help, I got the chaos e-mail that says to download, I click and enter my chaos password, takes me to Vray for all sorts of apps, but not formZ, even after rooting around. I didn't get anything else regarding a 9.2 formz link to download a new formz app. How does the install work this time?
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    [Q] FormZ models to Illustrator vector art

    Yes, R2 is correct hidden line allows vector options, not shaded.
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    [Q] FormZ models to Illustrator vector art

    Not sure but try Export Image right below Export and also might need Hidden Line.
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    Measure Distance Curve

    Select the wire with the Measure Quantities tool and it gives a boundary length value.
  25. Ok, .obj is fine here, images and mapping are intact. My cat, corvette fix-it book, and Marshall amp. Like Des, cat is my supervisor.