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Offline Breakfast

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« Posted 2003-02-19 11:22:04 »

Is it possible to import animations created in 3d design packages into Java3d?

So if I create my character in 3ds and create a generic walking animation for them. Can I then load the animation into my java3d scene so I can switch it on when the character is moving and switch it off when the character stops?

Is this a good way to work this type of thing, or am I better doing the animation in Java using behaviours and so on? If I am, do I need to create the object in pieces - separate body, legs, arms etc- so they can move independantly? That sounds like it would be rather hard to get any degree of polish with.

Any tips, thoughts or experiences will be appreciated.
Offline Herkules

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2003-02-19 12:01:07 »

I've seen animated objects together with FullSails OpenFlight loader. I'm not a aware of a loader that allows this with 3DS.

But would be cool to have. Anybody here owns a Multigen tool?

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Offline bmyers

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2003-02-19 14:45:02 »

I've been using Morphs and behaviors to do animations, but it's mostly a placeholder until someone writes an animation loader that uses inverse kinematics and everything.   :-/

I take the key frames in 3DS and save them as separate static models.  Then I load them in and create a Morph between the geometries.  The behavior handles setting the morph weights.

The results are better looking than I expected, but it uses more memory than I would have liked.  The advantage is I don't have to break apart my models into separate limbs and do each limb separately, so it's fast for adding simple animations.  

Also, what I am working on does not use humanoid avatars or complex animations.  YRMV.


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Offline Breakfast

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2003-02-20 08:59:27 »

It doesn't sound like people have really used this very much- how have other people animated characters for use in Java3D applications?
Offline sugarshark

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2003-02-20 10:33:34 »

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Offline Ifadolai

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2003-03-06 16:19:30 »

Well Neverwinternight loader has animations, but I am not sure how easy it is to export models into it.

Otherwise you could do a seach on the Internet for "Humanoid animation" or H-Anim and use VRML.


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« Reply #6 - Posted 2003-03-06 21:10:26 »

So for proof of concept type work I'm using a morph sequence as suggested by bmyers (although the budget version where you use Milkshape rather than 3dsmax) and although I suspect that if I ever do embark on any serious 3d gaming stuff I will need to master skeletal animations, it is working lovely for the basic stuff.
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