Author Topic: Where are the animated materials?  (Read 1323 times)

wbraasch

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Where are the animated materials?
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:54:52 pm »
November 28, 2012, 05:54:52 pm
Hi

Just downloaded the 3.0 release. Where is the option to use the animated materials? Does this mean we can now use animated 2d people textures in Lumion!?

Thanks

Re: Where are the animated materials?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 06:00:15 pm »
November 28, 2012, 06:00:15 pm
Hi wbraasch, the video texture is a new format that you can load instead of a conventional texture in most materials. Just pick one of the materials (Brick, Wood or even a Standard material) and add an MP4 video file:

Material -> Textures -> Change diffuse texture

You can't add a video of an animated 2D person though. This requires an alpha mask which the MP4 format unfortunately doesn't support.

Only QuickTime MOV files which have been saved with "Millions of colours+" are capable of that - the "+" sign indicates that the alpha channel is included.
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wbraasch

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Re: Where are the animated materials?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 06:58:01 pm »
November 28, 2012, 06:58:01 pm
Thanks for the quick response!
Maybe in the 3.5 release quicktime mov files with transparency will be included! :)

Thanks again

Re: Where are the animated materials?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 08:11:47 pm »
November 28, 2012, 08:11:47 pm
I would love that too - but that's easy for me to say! I'm not the one would would have to get my hands dirty and actually try to implement that sort of functionality :)
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Re: Where are the animated materials?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 12:05:09 am »
November 29, 2012, 12:05:09 am
GIF or sequenced PNG images with transparency/chromakey maybe could be an option as Quicktime tends to open a whole other can of worms.

Re: Where are the animated materials?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 02:50:34 pm »
November 29, 2012, 02:50:34 pm
Yes, I don't think many Lumion users know how to make QuickTime movies with alpha masks.
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