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dean chapman
Point cache to keyframes?
on May 27, 2012 at 4:53:04 am

It's driving me nuts...

How can I take my point cache tag of an object and convert it to keyframes???

Thanks,

Dean


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Adam Trachtenberg
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 29, 2012 at 6:14:24 pm

It's pretty straightforward:

* Drag your point-cached object into the Timeline;

* Select it in the timeline;

* Run the Functions>Bake Object command;

* In the dialogue, make sure that expressions and PLA are checked;

* Click OK.

Now your point cache information should be baked to PLA keyframes and you can delete the original object and any deformers.


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dean chapman
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 30, 2012 at 8:29:59 am

Hmm, whenever I try this, the option to "Bake Object" is always greyed out.

Any ideas...

Attached are screen grabs.

Thanks!

-d





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Adam Trachtenberg
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 30, 2012 at 5:01:06 pm

I think you have to do each object separately for some reason.


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dean chapman
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 30, 2012 at 8:19:44 pm

I tried dragging just the "cromos" object in the timeline.....but the "bake objects" function is still grayed out.

I found this set of PLA plugins which worked great (converts a hierarchy of objects & animation into a single object with keyframes):

http://tcastudios.com/?cat=4

But, I'd still like to know why this standard built in "bake objects" thing is never selectable....

I'm sure it's something simple that I'm missing....

Any suggestions?


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Adam Trachtenberg
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 30, 2012 at 9:20:00 pm

Can you post a stripped down file where it isn't working? I tried here and had no problem.


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dean chapman
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 30, 2012 at 10:25:51 pm

Sure thing, thanks for your help!

-d

4219_tests.c4d.zip


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Adam Trachtenberg
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 31, 2012 at 4:51:59 pm

Okay, the problem seems to be that you have the timeline in motion mode instead of key mode (TL>View>Key Mode).

As it turns out, you can bake them all at once after you select the objects in the timeline.


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dean chapman
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 31, 2012 at 6:51:47 pm

This just doesn't seem to work for me.

Ok, I am now in Key Mode within the Timeline window. I drag my object over the timeline...I see a "+" symbol as I am hovering over the timeline. I drop it in. A folder named "Summary" appears to the left, underneath "Key Mode" (to the left of the timeline cursor). I go to "Functions", scroll to "Bake Objects...", but I cannot select, for it is still grayed out.

Did it work for you on that file i sent?

Thanks,

-d


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Brian Jones
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 31, 2012 at 7:32:36 pm

in the Timeline window go to View and select Automatic Mode, then drop the 4 cubes underneath Summary, select them (under summary) - now Bake Objects should be enabled


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dean chapman
Re: Point cache to keyframes?
on May 31, 2012 at 7:42:30 pm

Rad!

That worked, thank you very much!

-d


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