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  1. Hi Igor, My scene was huge so i tried to make a simplified example and couldn't make it go wrong so have nothing to offer I'm afraid - I found a workaround for the problem but felt like it should have been easier! (If anyone is interested I duplicated the geometry and stuck the un-displaced roads on the layer above.... clunky clunky!) S
  2. Hi all, Relative noob here, please pardon my ignorance! I've got this island scene, and so far the island has three texture tags on it. Covering the whole island, there's a map color texture, with a displacement from a version of the map i modified in Photoshop that gives the impression of better detail, and roughens it up so it's a bit better-looking... On top of that tag, there's a road texture with color and alpha channels On top of that tag, there's a similar tarmac texture with color and alpha channels. ...problem is that C4d seems to be using the second two layers in the displacement calculation too, so that the roads are rendering as a peaked ridge, and looks messy and low-poly to say the least! I'm just after the roads to be flat lines projected on the already-displaced map. ...Any idea why that's happening? Or what you'd have done instead? I've attached an annotated screenshot if that helps! Thanks, S
  3. That sounds like just the thing - thanks Vizn! S
  4. Hi all, Relative beginner here, with hopefully an easy problem to fix with the help of a veteran... I'm making a simple straight train track, with a train on it. I've used long thin cubes for the actual rails, plus 500+ linear-cloned cuboids for the sleepers. Since it's a straight track, from some camera angles you can see loads of them in the background, stretching into practically infinity... which kills the render for the frames when you can see them. I don't really care what they look like once they're a hundred metres or so away, so am wondering if there's a way to make this more efficient. There still needs to be something there, but not with detailed textures, lines etc - and since the camera moves along the rails I can't easily swap in lower-complexity clones further along the line. On top of that I'm using Sketch and Toon to outline everything. I know I can affect the S&T lines with a 'distance' modifier, which might make them easier to process, (?) but do you any other tips? I've tried 'Connect objects and delete' and also 'Current state to object' and both bring other problems (eg losing sketch style tags) without speeding up render much, so am at a loss... Thanks in advance, S
  5. ...also. While doing multipass render with S&T, the RGBA pass has the S&T lines on anyway, so it's not like I can change much anyhow... is there a way, in the same render, to get a layer that's textured and lit but without S&T lines? Cheers! S
  6. Hi all, So, I'm hoping to get my S&T line types on seperate tiff layers for comping in AE. I've enabled 'RGBA Image' and 'Post Effects' in multipass render settings, 'Separate Alpha' and 'Split line types' in the S&T settings, with the fold and crease types selected. This renders out as separate layers, which looks like it should work, but then... All layers except RGBA and S&T Alpha are blank black/white, and the S&T alpha has lines that are really thick compared to the C4d viewpane render... Firstly, anyone know why I'm not getting anything on the 'separated types' tiffs? Secondly, why are the S&T Alpha lines so fat? I had thought that it must only split things out for the 'overall' line types (ie the ones you select under S&T in render settings) as opposed to sketch tag selections, but I can't see any difference actually... Lastly, it'd be amazing if I could get rendered layers of each sketch tag, or at least sketch material, but I'm guessing that's a hope too far is it? Thanks in advance, S
  7. Thanks again guys, you have both been very helpful. My objects are in a big complex scene with lots of scale-dependant things like S&T lines whose thickness depends on distance to camera... I'll go and experiment a bit myself later anyhow, but just wondering, if I scale the whole project in project settings, how much of those kind of settings get scaled accordingly...? S
  8. Thanks both, I think I've cracked it now. Great tips. I think my problem was a mix of having wonky project dynamics settings and not having the correct initial state. A side-problem though, is that my object, which I want to appear really heavy, appear really light like hollow plastic, despite setting custom mass to 10000 and dampening the linear and angular settings, and turning bounce to 0%... no biggie though!
  9. Hi - I'm quite new, please excuse my cluelessness! I've had some success with colliders, dynamic bodies etc but am stuck on one particular usage. I want to slide in a flat horizontal object with other unsteady objects resting on it, then have the holder stop and the resting objects topple a bit. Kind of like a tray of tall drinks that wobble/fall over when the tray stops moving. So, normal dynamic objects have too much wobble in the first, smooth-moving phase... but when i keyframe the dynamic tag's 'enabled' property from off to on, things jerk crazily when the change happens. So I'm interested to know, how would you more experienced users tackle this sort of task? Any tips? Thanks in advance, Stuggz
  10. Hi there, Apologies if this has been asked often but I can't find it. I'm trying to get a look where I mix two types of shader on one rectangular object, one as UVW (so it can relate to edges of the object) and cubic... specifically, a plain-ish tiled charcoal sketch texture that covers the whole thing, but doesn't want to be stretched (hence using cubic) and a sort of vignette effect that'll give this rectangle dirtier edge areas, so i used uvw projection on that. I know I can acheive this by mixing layers together in photoshop, but I'm going to apply it to many rectangles of different proportions so want to be able to stay dynamic and not give horrible stretched textures, or a tiled vignette. ..any tips? I expected the 'mix textures' checkbox to help but it only seems to do an 'add' blending mode, which would be the opposite of what I want... i need things to get grubbier/darker when the two materials mix. Thanks in advance! S
  11. ...yeah I wanted to keep the swing, hence the hinges - the stretchiness I was talking about was the objects twanging further apart from each other, like they were hung from rubber bands! Thanks for your help anyway, I'll check out the pythagoras thing in a moment.
  12. HI there, I'm still pretty new and have what is probably a simple question for experienced users... but I can't find the solution maybe because I'm using the wrong words. Anyway, how can i totally smoothly make two objects into one!? I'm using Sketch and Toon, and whatever methods I try they still get outlined as separate objects even though they overlap and are on the exact same plane... Let's say for instance, I make an extruded letter 'l' with no bevels, duplicate it and rotate it on the z axis 90 degrees, so it's now a cross... then I want this cross to become a single object with one outline. I've tried connect objects, optimise, melt, etc... Any help greatly appreciated! S
  13. Thanks both! I sort of made progress with it - the project settings helped to a decent extent but hinges are still stretchy if pushed! I think I could get away with it as long as i keep everything slow so it's not noticeable... Hinge bounce has always been at zero. I think I may well end up faking it TBH as the hinges are being such a pain! I've attached the project file as far as I've taken it, if it interests you. pendulum test v2.c4d
  14. Hi there, relative noob here. I'm trying to build the moving parts of a construction crane that's moving a girder, like the attached diagram. The top block should be slowly moving left to right, and the girder at the bottom moves a bit behind it, the top bit stops and the girder slowly swings to a halt underneath. The strings can be rigid, they simply pivot. In my mind it made sense to use a set of four hinges (i only need the objects to swing in one dimension) but for the life of me can't get it even close to working! I got some success with a basic arrangement swinging very light and bouncy, but as soon as I made the girder have a bigger mass the hinges seemed to stretch, gaps appeared everywhere, and things refused to swing how I wanted them to... How would you experienced guys go about doing this? How would the parenting work? Which bits would have dynamics tags, all of them? Thanks for any help you can give! S
  15. Great, thanks for your advice both of you! I have another Q that might be a quick and easy answer I'm not sure: I wonder if there is a way, say if there was a big texture to be mapped on a fairly small object object, to do it almost like cubic mapping but with different parts of the (big) source image mapped to each surface? Either randomised or offset.... I know this can sort-of be done with shrink wrapping, but that kind of messes up on some shapes, and also with manually selecting faces and applying separate chunks of texture. I just wondered if there was a quicker less cluttered way! Thanks again, S
  16. Hi all, I'm a relative noob but plz bear with me! I'm very comfortable using photoshop, so have naturally got used to using quite heavy 'layer' shaders, for instance using an image file over a solid colour, with a big hatching layer, and a hue adjustment on top of that, loads of blend modes etc. Thing is it seems to slow the render down loads, compared to simple tiled image textures. However the 'procedural' (if that is the right term) textures give a much better finish overall, as some of the objects I'm rendering are varying in scale hugely, and tiled image files would entail loads of repetition. I was thinking of replacing the lot with a really massive jpeg but that's surely gonna be quite render-intensive too, right? How do you pros go about this - is there perhaps a way to 'pre-render' (in AE terminology) a texture the way you need it, so c4d isn't recalculating the texture layers all the time? Do you have a rule-of-thumb limit on the pixel dimensions of your texture files, or guidance on file format, jpeg compression etc... Thanks in advance, S
  17. Right, cool, will do. Thanks for your help! I guess my instinct was to keep everything parametric for as long as possible... S
  18. Hi Cerbera, thanks for your response. Yeah I've watched some S&T tutorials, and get some nice stuff but this one problem has grown really annoying! I'm starting to think I'll rebuild the roads with 3d objects as they'll be easier to work with....? Anyway I've attached that last file as a jpeg and a simplified project file now. Hope that helps! S junction.c4d
  19. Hi all, I'm fairly new to C4d and have found a problem that googling hasn't been able to solve thus far. I've made a simple road junction using two thin planes that intersect at the exact same height. Ultimately I want the Sketch & Toon render to show the outline only, and not any interior lines. No matter what I try, I can't get them to merge, and provide a render, in a way that doesn't either show no lines, or fill in the interior lines as well... as attached. In that case, the S&T material is applying strokes only to the outline, supposedly.... so that must mean my objects are still actually separate. How would you recommend I fuse them so their outline is only outside the road shape? Thanks!



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