I use fcheck a ton and I'm trying to figure something out. It seems to have the capability of opening image sequences from the command line by using the -n option, but I can't seem to get it to work. The help file I'm looking at can be accessed by the following:
- Inside Fcheck, help > opening images
- Inside the "Tip" box you can see a line that says, "You can also open a file in Windows using the command line. Follow the steps in Opening an animation using the -n option, for more details"
- Instead of clicking on that link, click on "fcheck" and scroll down where it talks about the -n option. It says, "If you give a name ending with a period, FCheck automatically finds the start, end, and step of the corresponding animation."
Does this work for anyone? I'd really like to be able to find a command line to open an image sequence based on the first image as I could make a hotkey for this in my explorer (directory opus). Can anyone get this to work? It's either busted or I'm doing it wrong ...
fcheck is a little weird and particular when opening image sequences on the command line. Your best bet is to try this format:
fcheck -n start end by image.#.ext
so -n is a 3 input flag that expects the start frame, end frame and by frame as arguments. The pudding is in how you present it the file name format to open. If its a 4 padded frame number then use the # symbol where the number would be. If its anything other than 4 pad (or if the # symbol doesn't work) use an @ symbol for each number pad:
image name format: image.001.iff
fcheck -n start end by image.@@@.ext
There is a perl script that is supposed to launch any type of image padding name format in fcheck automatically, but I never got it to work. So, naturally I wrote my own and then forgot to back it up and lost it in a system failure. If I do find it anywhere I'll post it on highend.
What got me excited about the help file within fcheck was the line about putting a period after the image sequence name and it will open the image sequence automatically. I tried a few times to open with the -n switch and never got anything to work right. I was really hoping the -n switch would be the thing I needed to be able to open image sequences directly.
maybe the alias folks can help? :-o I might pop in and ask them.