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  1. Hi, 

    The frizz parameter is being limited through a vertex area under the texture slot. 
    But as you can see in the illustration below, the frizz is still applied on the whole mesh.

    You can check the sample file here:

    Is there a way around this?


  2. @Rectro

    Thanks for the clarification. 
    I did a quick test for both hair mat and interpolation clump enabled. 
    And it indeed gave me a more appealing clumping. 
    Basically, have the hair interpolation clump as the low frequency detail then hair mat clump as medium and high frequency detail. 

    P.S. Also, is it possible to be tagged in a post/response? For some reason, I don't receive any notification from the forum unless I am tagged (@), 


  3. Hi, 

    Per documentation, Unity can import native C4D Files. 
    Problem is it gives me this error: 
    Cinema 4D converter plugin installation failed. Please run Unity as an Administrator to have the plugin installed.

    I already run it as Administrator. Still, I get the error message. 
    I keep looking where to download the "converter" plugin so I can just install it manually. 
    But I couldn't find any. 

    Any thoughts on the matter?

  4. RE:  just found out that it won't let you use your own hdri's
    Yea, that's just bummer. I don't get what's the point of this thinking. 
    Anyhow, you can use your own HDRI, you just need to trick the plug-in in doing so. 
    (Obviously, I can't reveal it here. Probably against the rules? ) 

    Although that was in the early version of HDRI link. I'm not sure with the current one. 

    That said, Cycles4D has a built-in HDRI link system. 
    So If you are looking for a 3rd party render engine, its worth looking into.

  5. I like Blender. I also used it casually even before 2.8+
    What I don't like it is its rigging implementation. 
    It's too rigid. Hope they get rid of that "Edit Bones" and "Pose Bones" modes. 

    They also don't have a real-time python compiler or something. (C4D equivalent is Python Tag or Python Node). 
    It will be implemented using animation nodes but its not yet for production use. 

    So far, I can take risk on Modelling, Shading and Rendering in Blender but I can't for Rigging.


  6. Hi, 

    Is there a way I can set UV for a non-square texture map?
    For instance, the texture is 512 x 2048. I want to set it 512 x 512 and just slide the UV tile vertically?

    I understand that a straight forward way would just be to separate the texture to 4 textures, but there are quite a lot of them. 
    So I was thinking of just "sliding UV" tile. 

    You can see a sample of the texture map below. 



  7. Ditto. 
    As vindictive as it sounds, I hope a poster cannot create another thread if he has more than 3 "unresolved" threads. 
    Though, I don't really ask for "Thank you" per se. I just want how the problem is resolved since I might encounter it in the future.

    It also irritates me when poster doesn't post a screenshot, screencap and file when it clearly requires one based on their question. 

  8. 1) How can it leave the hand to hit the sculpture?

    The old but effective method is have two version of the stone. One where it is parented to the hand. One where it is not. 
    Then just switch visibility when the stone leaves the one. 

    Animation is all illusion

    2) How can i make this as realistic as possible in terms of gravity, force, pull and having it hit the sculpture?

    No offense but the question is like asking how to write an essay. 
    Learn principles of animation. Then asked specific frame by frame scenarios if you are still having problems.

  9. Hi, 

    I'm trying to restrict my hair tools to only selected points. But its a bit cumbersome to select all points manually.
    Is there a way to select all points of a specific hair spline?
    For instance, like double clicking a point of geo, then all of the points of a geo are selected. 

    I tried the the "Select All" command but it selects all points of all the splines. 

    You can check the illustration of the problem here:


  10. Thanks! 

    Just had a look at the site. Yea, I guess the more reliable route is to set-up another render for light
    1) The beauty render
    2) The affected object mask render
    3)  Another render with only the affected light enabled
    4) In the compositing page, deduct #3 with the #1 with #2 mask. 
    5) Downside is you can't see it in real time which is a bummer. 

    The problem with the light path node, correct me if I'm wrong, it accept any path rather than have a specific object or object list.
    For instance, the "Is Diffuse Ray" would actually do the job if it has a next condition such as "Is Diffuse Ray from a Specific camera" or some sort. 
    I'm just thinking off the top of my head hahaha

    RE: Do you have any interest in downloading these?
    I would but I won't be able to check them immediately since I'm in a middle of the project 😞
    So it will be for safekeeping or future study. 

    BTW, here are also other Blender Resources:

    It's a bit unorganized but it has a lot of useful infos. 

    The Blender Node groups in the Facebook group are informative.
    They create shader networks that resembles what Unreal or Substance Designer can accomplish. 

  11. Apologies for bumping the thread. 

    Fix the support system already.
    I have to retype again and again my myMaxon ID, OS, CPU, GPU. All these redundant credentials. 

    If it's not possible to merge the support and myMaxon site in the near future, 

    at least have some profile saving function so we don't have to retype these trivial data. 


  12. RE: Unfortunately the loop feature is not available for layers.  
    Yea, unfortunately this is the case. 

    Anyhow, the usual workflow for adding breath controls is to create an oscillating user data control whero 0 is off and 1 is on. That way with 1 it loops indefinitely.
    There is no need to modify each controls unless the animation requires a distinct breath such as catching his breath after a fast run. 


  13. Yea, the motion system tag is what you are after but you don't need to convert it to a motion clip or meddle with its NLA feature. 
    You can just add the tag, add layer. animate. add layer. animate. etc.

    Also, animation layer is somewhat a polishing tool. The animation/motion layer and not the motion clip/NLA part. 
    Basically, create your base animation in the first layer for about 80-90% completion.
    And use animation layer to adjust tweaks that is harder to implement on the base animation because of the existing complexity.

  14. 1) All of the problems you mentioned is solved by Motion Builder's Human IK and also ported over to Maya's toolset. 
    So, if you can include "Human IK" in your search, that would result to some math-specific problems. 

    Just for starters, just search "Human IK retargeting" and you'll see what I mean 

    2) Here is also another retargeting theories by a working professional: 

    3) If you also want more retargeting theories, you can check presentations in the Game Industry. 
    As you might know, semi realistic games have a lot of mocap and so have a lot of retargeting tasks.
    You can check this one although it is not solely related to retargeting:

    4) Search "retargeting" in tech-artist.org and you'll probably get more useful results than in google. 

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