PatMarrNC - all messages by user

2016/1/25 15:36:06
Bunny/kitty ears for superhero characters? while we're on the topic...
it seems kind of strange to me that even among the potato head characters, not all accessories are available to all characters. Many times, I proceed with the development of a character thinking I'll add some accessory I've seen when working with other characters... only to learn that the item / hair / hat / accessory / etc I want isn't found in my character's set of options!

Not a deal killer though... I love this software and even embrace the challenges it sends me.

I especially like the forum here... it's one of the best I've found in terms of knowledgeable and talented people who are willing to help others
2016/1/24 15:46:36
Copy objects from one set to another ? You can right click on the objects one at a time > EDIT > FAVOURITES > SAVE them into the favourites list. Then once they are saved as favourites you can add them to other projects at will.

Based on what we recently learned about how favourites are stored, it makes as much sense to save individual items as favourites as it does to keep whole sets archived. The only disadvantage I can think of is that it would tend to make the favourites list huge and hard to sift through.

But if you are preparing assets for a music related project, it would be practical to go ahead and load up a bunch of music related objects into the favourites list before starting the project.

Then, when the project is over, you can always delete that stuff from favorites to keep it more manageable. Or not. ;-)
2016/1/24 2:03:21
Transparent Windows? and maybe there's something useful here as well (if you used a backdrop for the inside of the spaceship)
2016/1/23 13:34:31
None of my avi texture files work any more There's probably a better chance of a response if you send it directly to support

AVIs should open outside of Muvizu when you double click on them... have you tried to see if they'll open that way? If they don't the problem is either with the AVIs or the internal windows stuff that makes AVIS run.

About a year ago I had problems with a different program... all of my data files were returning "unrecognized format" errors, but none of the other users were having the problem. Turned out that I had acquired the cryptowall virus, which was maliciously encrypting my data... literally rearranging the file format!

I mention this because the fact that I and others can use AVI files as textures in Muvizu suggests that it isn't a Muvizu problem, and the possibility exists that the problem may be coming from somewhere else.
edited by PatMarrNC on 23/01/2016
2016/1/23 8:31:53
Introduction premiumm wrote:
My name is Nitin Mishra and I am from India. My website is I am a Plus user and will publish some videos soon.
edited by premiumm on 23/01/2016

welcome to the forum, Nitin Mishra! I look forward to seeing your videos!
2016/1/22 22:54:05
Muvizu, Italian Success! congratulations on your success! I didn't understand a word of it, but it looks great!!
2016/1/22 19:56:31
None of my avi texture files work any more OK, update:

After submitting this to Muvizu support, Jamie replied asking for a sample. When I tried to prepare the sample, the AVI worked! So I tried a few more AVIs and they worked too! Then I went back and tried the AVI I used for my original test.. and it still didn't work. Apparently its just a bad file. (what's the statistical likelihood of picking the one bad AVI on my entire computer for an AVI test??? Apparently, in my world, it's 100%.... )

So Eugene, my recommendation is that you zip up a set in which your AVI does not work and email it to Muvizu Support. You may want to include the AVI separately so they can see if the file itself has issues.

Before you do that, you may want to try one last time to see if they will load as textures on one of the backdrops.
2016/1/22 14:37:00
Size for Ground & Sky see if this provides any insights:
2016/1/22 14:30:43
ASE conversion in newer versions of Sketchup Now that you mention it, I'm not sure which version of the ASE exporter I'm using with Sketchup 2015. If Ziggy modified an existing version, its entirely possible that his version doesn't work beyond version 8.

The version I use has 3 text boxes, the 3rd one giving me the option to pick a collision object, or export without one, letting Muvizu take care of it. I assumed that was Ziggy's version since it specifically mentions Muvizu. But whichever version that is.. it works in Sketchup 2015.
2016/1/22 2:01:35
Mandy Character and a Mic blickfang wrote:
Or ....or.....our Muvizu developers could just add the bit of code to Mandy so she can sing :-D

Quite true!

I wonder if anybody has actually submitted this as a support request? Pointing out problems on the forum is not the same as submitting a support request.

Declaring problems in the forum is helpful in the sense that it makes other users aware of the boobytraps, and may warn others before they pursue a feature that used to work in a way that will stall their project. But all other users can do in return is offer their workarounds.

Bottom line is that every bug report that gets submitted on the forum for the sake of other users should be accompanied by an official bug report to support.
2016/1/22 1:51:05
ASE conversion in newer versions of Sketchup A recurring theme on the forum is training new users to find and use Sketchup 8 in order to use the ASE conversion plugin. This will never end, since new users will tend to DL the latest version of Sketchup.

The good news is that it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to use the ASE converter in the latest version of Sketchup! (but the procedure for making it work has changed, hence the problem when applying the old installation procedure to the new version)

I've already created a WIKI entry on the subject, so rather than retyping everything, here is a link to the WIKI:

There are advantages to using the latest version. They improve it all the time, and by using older versions you miss out on all the latest greatest new stuff. Nobody wants that. ;-)

Maybe the best news is that the latest version has a built-in link to their Extensions Warehouse, and automates the installation of most of them! Its as simple as finding an extension you like, and clicking INSTALL!

It also has a direct link to their huge warehouse of free models, and easily allows you to load models from there directly into Sketchup. Cool beans!
2016/1/22 1:15:57
None of my avi texture files work any more eugenecheese wrote:
I have saved many animated texture files, sea, eyes, clouds etc. as Avis, which I have used many times in my Muvizu animations as Backgrounds.
Now, ALL of them show us as "Unknown Format".
Please help !

confirmed here. This should probably be reported to support, which I will do right now....
2016/1/21 20:40:28
Mandy Character and a Mic blickfang wrote:
The one thing I will though miss is the mic toss

You could use a different character and zoom in the camera focus on the mic so it isn't obvious the scene isn't using Mandy. If you want a whole character shot, you could use a different character and do it as a silhouette.

Visual change-ups make videos more interesting, and this gives you multiple reasons for varying the camera view
2016/1/21 20:36:09
Changing back to the 1.6 version ? MrDrWho... I want to publicly commend you for taking so much of your time to answer questions here on the forum! This is what sets the great forums apart from all the others!

Thanks for doing what you do, as it really adds value and helps new users overcome roadblocks that might otherwise stall their progress!

2016/1/21 20:29:45
None of my avi texture files work any more which version are you using?
2016/1/21 18:12:40
Hire MZU modeler to make longer skirts? summary to that last post, I want to know the following:

1) What software is necessary to create dynamic content for Muvizu?

2) what requirements govern the importing of such content ?

3) will this information ever be revealed to users?

When the question of whether or not to disclose information that potentially affects future income opportunities is considered, it's worth also considering the implications of offering a highly user-modifiable product. With millions of potential users who all want something different, its very hard to provide enough proprietary content to keep them all happy.

It has often been speculated that one reason why MS-DOS outsold multiple competing operating systems that were clearly more robust is because it included GW BASIC, which allowed users everywhere to write the custom apps they needed. An explosion of shareware apps followed, all of which ran on MS DOS, and the rest is history.
2016/1/21 18:00:12
Hire MZU modeler to make longer skirts? This raises a good question about attachments in general:

Obviously, the Muvizu engine supports attachment physics that allow capes etc to flow and react to movement etc. If not, the newer characters could not have such attachments, (and they do. )

There are 3d packages available that allow the creation of fabric, hair and other objects that respond to the environment... indeed, it's big business right now. Many online 3D stores offer such accessories for use in a variety of products

SOMEBODY used such a package to create the dynamic content that is already available in MUVIZU, so it's got to be possible to create and add new content if you have the right software and know the requirements for bringing it into MUVIZU.

Unlike the static model importing that is very well documented in Muvizu's WIKI, there is no information at all about creating and importing dynamic content. This could be a business decision, because by pricing Muvizu low, they need another way to generate income.. and the sale of add-on packs with new characters and dynamic content would certainly be a way to do that.

So the question arises: will the particulars about how 3rd party modelers can create dynamic content and new models ever be released? Or will it remain proprietary information?

If any of the modelers here who have been approached by Muvizu about creating new content have anything to add, I hope you participate in the thread as much as your non-disclosure agreement allows. ;-)
2016/1/21 17:42:30
Failed to load object from file As a beta tester and active participant on a number of software forums, it has been my experience that most USERS want communication from the company to come through the forum... whereas most software COMPANIES consider the forum to be a playground for users, and oftentimes don't monitor it at all.

But they all have a dedicated support team, and that is where they dedicate their resources. So anybody who wants official statements from just about ANY software company should stop looking on the forum (where you're mostly going to find two groups posting: "well wishers with workarounds" and "angry disappointed customers", neither of which groups offers a company sponsored point of view) and go directly to the company's SUPPORT team, where you are more likely to get an official response.
2016/1/20 19:16:07
Failed to load object from file ritsmer wrote:
WARNING: After a full days happy work without any issues I allowed myself a short pause and closed the Muvizu project.

Opening it again I got the dreaded: "Failed to load object from file." which should be solved with the last Muvizu version.

It seems that the last 3 "saves" with a different name do have this error. The "saves" from before noon can open.

Older .set files from December 2015 with this error do open well in the new version - but not some substantially more complicated ones, that I made today.

I will send the .set to support for further investigation.
edited by ritsmer on 20/01/2016

did you make changes to any head/eye moves on the time line? Overwriting or appending or rearranging?
2016/1/20 15:04:19
How to move all actions in a track well... before you do that... remember that video recording involves shooting a lot of individual scenes then reassembling/reordering them in a video editor. It may be easier to simply shoot this as a separate scene, then place it BEFORE the scene you've already shot when you get to the video editor.
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