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Can't figure out Layers using Plugger

Posted: Wed, 19th Feb 2003, 10:00pm

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xencade

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I read the tutorial about how to use Variations, and can get them to work great. I tried to reverse the tutorial for use with Layers, assuming that is how to annimate an effect on the timeline.

What I'm trying to make is a Bats plugin, where I have small bats that I want to fly out for 30 frames. I want this to automate when the effect is applied, but all I can get it to do is show me 3 still variations.

I have also tried using multiple alpha channels on one image by telling plugger to only create 1 layer 1 variation (hoping it would read different alhpa channels)

I have also tried to tell Plugger to reference 3 different "layer 01, 02, 03" folders all which have their own alpha channels which are different. Most of the time, all I get is scrambled imagery. I also ensured these pics are RGB.

Can someone point me to a good place to get a more in-depth coverage of the Plugger application, as the links in the Help are invalid.

Thanks!
Posted: Wed, 19th Feb 2003, 10:16pm

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Magic_man12

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Naw dont worry about it ,you can do a tutorial if you want, not needed

Thanks man

talk to you later eh?

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Posted: Wed, 19th Feb 2003, 10:46pm

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Oily

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For an animation just use one layer and one variation, then save out each frame to the same folder and number them sequentially e.g. 01,01,03…Then point the plugger to this folder when it asks for the variation.

Remember to check the effect animation loop box also and remember the alpha channels if you are using them in the images.

Hope this helps.
Posted: Thu, 20th Feb 2003, 6:30am

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Axeman

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I did not entirely follow your post there, Xencade, but I'll be happy to help you out however I can. I am pretty familiar with all of the options in Plugger.

First off, layers are completely different from variations. You said you've got variations figured out, so I'll try to explain layers a bit. Take a look at any of the lightsword plug-ins, and you have two layers in each variation. Layer one is the colored glow of the blade, which is usually adjustable in size. Layer two is the white core. The reason for using two seperate layers in this case is that you can adjust the size of one independantly of the other. Layer one (the glow) has been given a script so you can adjust the size, and layer two (the core) just lays over the top of it.

For an animation like you are trying, check Oily's suggestion above. All the frames of your animation should be in the same folder, and will make one variation of your plug-in.

Now a couple of questions. Do you have a single sequence of pictures of a bunch of bats, or does each bat have its own picture sequence? If each bat has its own sequence, then a number of layers would be the way to combine them in plugger.

How many layers are you trying to use? And how many variations?

If you have downloaded the PDF manual for AlamDV, it has the most extensive guide to the Plugger available.
Posted: Thu, 20th Feb 2003, 12:52pm

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xencade

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Cool, thanks oily and axeman for the tips. I had no idea the manual for alamdv included one for plugger too sad
Posted: Thu, 20th Feb 2003, 11:29pm

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No problem. smile
Posted: Fri, 21st Feb 2003, 1:53pm

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Oily

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Glad I could help smile