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Francesco Giardiello
.ari timecode sequential frames and smoke
on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:16:25 pm

Hi to everybody,
I've just have a question for you about how Autodesk smoke can recognize the sequential files.
I mean, I've some .ari footage from Alexa/codex where each frame is like this
A001C003_110616_R38J.12341200.ari. Where 12341200 is the frame timecode 12:34:12:00.
My sequence keep going until tc 12.34.15.00 but Smoke read it like 4 separated clips. It stops every 24 frames.
From A001C003_110616_R38J.12341200.ari to A001C003_110616_R38J.12341223.ari
From A001C003_110616_R38J.12341300.ari to A001C003_110616_R38J.12341223.ari
From A001C003_110616_R38J.12341400.ari to A001C003_110616_R38J.12341223.ari
From A001C003_110616_R38J.12341500.ari to A001C003_110616_R38J.12341223.ari

The Lab told me that Smoke can't recognize these sequence like just one. I can't believe! Somebody can tell me if is possible to set the smoke to read the sequence files with timecode numers and not with a sequential numers like one singular clip?
Thank you to everybody in advance,

Francesco


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Grant Kay
Re: .ari timecode sequential frames and smoke
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:41:34 am

Hi Francesco,

Smoke can recognise image sequences that are sequentially numbered.... 001, 002, 003 , 004...

If there is a break in the numbering structure... 001, 002, 004, 005 ... That Smoke will think it is two separate clips and import them as two separate clips.

In the case of what you described, the first fill ends in 100 and then the second is 200... etc... I am no surprised that smoke does that.

Since I have not tested this myself as I dont have ARI files, you could import them into Smoke, select all the clips and perform a LOAD AND JOIN. This will create a timeline with all the clips connected together. If you want it as a single source you could commit the timeline to a single clip and then you will have single source.

Hope this helps.

Regards
Grant

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