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How can we create custom animated characters?
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:30:25 am »
October 03, 2012, 07:30:25 am
Hello all, what is the best way to create custom animated characters for Lumion?

Re: How can we create custom animated characters?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 12:44:02 pm »
October 03, 2012, 12:44:02 pm
Hi aan09, the short answer is that you can't import models with bone or vertex animations in Lumion. However, you can import simple move/rotate/scale animations via the FBX and DAE formats.

The long answer is that all of our animated 3D people/animals in Lumion rely on our very arcane in-house importer which requires a custom version of Quest3D and other software, e.g. PointOven. This procedure is rather complex and error-prone and for that reason it is not available to the public.

That being said, there is a somewhat labour-intensive workaround which might be an option for distant animated models (this requires 3DS Max and relies on simple move/rotate/scale animations):
http://lumion3d.com/forum/general-discussion/importing-animated-characters-%28poor-man%27s-version%29/
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Re: How can we create custom animated characters?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 08:23:19 am »
October 04, 2012, 08:23:19 am
Thx Morten

joegerrard3d

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Re: How can we create custom animated characters?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 04:51:36 pm »
October 04, 2012, 04:51:36 pm
Hi guys.
Anybody know if the animated people in the upcoming V3.0 can be turned into silhouettes easily, or 'cracked' so that their textures can all be replaced with white? Really important for architectural animations if we're trying to sell designs rather than people. Also gets around any problems we encounter with cultural differences too i.e working in the middle east and having loads of ladies in bikinis!
Joe

Re: How can we create custom animated characters?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 05:16:42 pm »
October 04, 2012, 05:16:42 pm
Hi Joe, it won't be possible to switch from textured versions of the animated characters to the silhouette material in 3.0 (however, this has previously been suggested in the Wish List section of the forum - you're welcome to add a +1 for that idea).

For the time being, your only option is to use the 56 existing static 3D silhouette people in the Model Library of Lumion Ultimate/Pro.
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Re: How can we create custom animated characters?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2012, 01:33:27 pm »
October 07, 2012, 01:33:27 pm
Hi Joe, it won't be possible to switch from textured versions of the animated characters to the silhouette material in 3.0 (however, this has previously been suggested in the Wish List section of the forum - you're welcome to add a +1 for that idea).

For the time being, your only option is to use the 56 existing static 3D silhouette people in the Model Library of Lumion Ultimate/Pro.

Hi Morten, it's really a pity animated characters can't be switched to silhouettes.... Really a pity