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  1. ....that's the long way around, but yes: although the target is TRACKED, not connected via constraints except in as much as in some systems "targeting" is considered a constraint. Like what the Cylinder is doing here, using the TARGET tag. targeting.c4d
  2. I'm not the headphones guy (that's a different thread): What I'm trying to do is have the turkey's head track a (null) target that is in FRONT of the turkey, but the layout of the skeleton is such that the head joint (gah!) extends vertically, exiting the top of the turkey's head, not its beak. The beak, and the notional front of the turkey's skull, is at right angles to the head joint. One way around this would be to insert a joint (or a null) with very little (zero) deforming strength between the neck and head joints, as a child of the neck, and target THAT item at the targeted null. That seems dumb though. I get the impression that most animators are keying the head joint rather than using tracking, but still using tracking for eyes. I've got other issues involving something happening in the neck (I'll probably have to re-skeleton this thing), but I'd like to figure this out too. Turkey_21.c4d
  3. With an extruded object you have the 2 premade selections, C1 and C2. When restricting a texture to BOTH C1 and C2 (ie, front & back look the same), must one use two >>tags<<? IOW, is there a way to get more than one argument in the Selection field of a Texture Tag's attributes? Some delimiter?
  4. I've got a cartoonish turkey character and the 'head joint' is pretty much vertical, but I'd like for the head joint to target a null in front of the turkey, at right angles to the bone. Simply targeting the head joint at the null would, I believe, point the top of the turkey's head at the target. So, how does one make a target at right angles to a joint ?
  5. I often find that when I'm starting a project I'd like to have some standing materials, of various garish colors (ie, nothing subtle) to just slap on the geometry as I make it. Bascially a tasteless rainbow, just to keep things straight. Do people usually handle this by: making their "New.c4d" screen with such a set of materials, or; load a premade set in from the Content Browser (about which I am woefully ignorant)? Otherwise it's a pretty lame waste of time, especially naming the materials. Tnx
  6. Attached should be a c4d file. Could someone tell me why ANY alteration to the bone "Head" causes it to, well, do what it does? For my own knowledge: I'm anticipating rebuilding this entire skeleton, now that I have 1.001% of a clue. Obviously, somewhere along the line I screwed up, and I'm looking for the knowledge to not do so again. Turkey_20.c4d
  7. That's a good tip, thanks. Given that lag is probably unavoidable, is it possible to make a wireframe or low-rezzy type preview that only compiles its frames after all evaluations are complete? One step up from the viewport, specifically to evaluate animation without viewport lagging issues? (I figured this might be evaluation-lag, and would not show up in rendered versions. Playing with the priority settings didn't seem to affect viewport lag.)
  8. Huh, I meant to send the above hours ago. Anyway.... So, in the scene in question I still haven't got it to work. So I built a simpler test scene, attached. I'll wrap this up because I've noticed "one topic per post" works better, but I'll subsequently post the problem scene. Attached here is a simple test scene for noobs like me who are trying to attach an object to a mesh, specifically because I spent quite a while today looking at videos and they often were about attaching to joints, or dynamic parenting, etc. Anything but to a mesh. This one works, and uses Voytech's tip on checking the "Use Deformed Points" in the Point node attribute manager. The secret sauce is in the Xpresso tag. Enjoy. EXP-Attach to deformer.c4d
  9. BINGO! That just got me a LOT closer. There's still a weird lag (perhaps due to subd), but I'll figure it out....or be back soon. Thanks! (ignore the 'spoilers', I couldn't figure out how to delete them.....)
  10. FWIW, the kind of errors you are seeing in your mesh are often (but not always) due to excess geometry INSIDE the mesh. They can be hard/tricky to ferret out. For instance, a rectangular face INSIDE two meeting tunnels, or duplicate points. Patience is your friend in finding these little buggers.
  11. I've attached a null to a specific point on a deforming mesh with a small Xpresso network. It works fine on frame zero (by changing the point index I can place it anywhere on the mesh), but does not respond to bone deformation nor even moving the root/parent of the mesh. The order seems to be correct: it's after the mesh it is attached to, but something is obviously incorrect.
  12. In many parts of the interface there's an option to "Show Help" when you rclick on a term, label, field or gadget. I find this convenient because IMO the Search function of the Help is near useless, not least because it doesn't support the literal option engaged in many search engines when you use quotes. Many searches return far too many hits to be convenient. "Show Help" is good, but Is there a similar functionality for Menu entries?
  13. One of the reasons I couldn't locate it w/o help is, I think it's rather "misfiled" under Selection/Filter. IMO it should be 'promoted' to the main Selection menu.
  14. Ngons, I'll look into it. That HUD is pretty darn misleading: since it's specifically TELLING me the wrong thing. Misfeature. Reactions: the little circle with the variety of reactions has disappeared, I was looking for it earlier.
  15. Maybe all the users are too busy making money for me to have found them.
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