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Sebasvideo
06-22-2014, 08:49 AM
The AE-Lightwave exchange plugin is great to have, but the problem is that you can only send one camera or null at a time. You have to select each item, then go to File>Export>"Send selected layer to Lightwave 3D"

It's really inefficient when sending several layers, especially if you're doing several camera tracking tests. If you select all the layers together, the plugin doesn't do anything.

I was wondering why can't it send all the items at once, and if there's a better alternative that will do that.

Thanks

Axis3d
06-24-2014, 06:59 PM
Before Lightwave had the built-in exchange plugin, I bought the AE Link plugin (which I still use). It has some features that the LW one currently doesn't have, like what you just mentioned. I can export everything at once or just certain selected items. Also, which I like, is that you can tell a null object to export as an after effects solid layer, with a pre-determined size. Also, it exactly matches the motion blur setting from LW to AE. Here's the link: http://www.vfxwizard.com/software/lightwave-to-after-effects-exporter.html

jeric_synergy
06-24-2014, 07:12 PM
Perhaps those limitations are a works-program for the plugin writer?

I'm OK with that.

Sebasvideo
06-24-2014, 08:09 PM
Before Lightwave had the built-in exchange plugin, I bought the AE Link plugin (which I still use). It has some features that the LW one currently doesn't have, like what you just mentioned. I can export everything at once or just certain selected items. Also, which I like, is that you can tell a null object to export as an after effects solid layer, with a pre-determined size. Also, it exactly matches the motion blur setting from LW to AE. Here's the link: http://www.vfxwizard.com/software/lightwave-to-after-effects-exporter.html

Thanks, but before I spend $123 on a plugin, I'd rather keep exporting the layers one by one. Besides, I found another plugin that allows exporting the camera and nulls to a Lightwave scene, the only problems being that it truncates the names and saves only to the desktop, but well, you can't have it all. Better than paying $123.

jeric_synergy
06-25-2014, 07:43 AM
Well, THAT'S gotta be encouraging talk for the developer. 8~

Sebasvideo
06-25-2014, 08:50 AM
Well, THAT'S gotta be encouraging talk for the developer. 8~

Sorry, but it's the way it is. If I can get something that does what I need for free or a lower price, I will go with that.

Besides, taking another look at that website, that plugin doesn't even do what I need, AE to LW, only the other way around. And it seems to do it in a very straightforward way, so it might be worth the $123 for some people if they work often on projects that need that functionality, but if it doesn't go from AE to LW, it's useless for sending tracked cameras to LW.

Hail
06-25-2014, 08:54 AM
Well, the developer fizzled out of existence the last time I checked.:P

jeric_synergy
06-25-2014, 09:16 AM
Well, the developer fizzled out of existence the last time I checked.:P

Check again: says June 16, 2014 here: http://www.vfxwizard.com/software/lightwave-to-after-effects-exporter.html

Don't spread disinformation about vendors trying to support Lightwave-- they have a hard enough time as it is. :P

Hail
06-26-2014, 06:28 AM
Oops!
My bad... apologies to the developer but I can swear it wasn't up to date the last time I checked with some deafening silence on the his part which deepened the impression that he was done with Ae Link since lw now offers a native solution.
There were even a few threads on the issue here.
Good to know he's still in business and supporting lw.
3rd party support is crucial to lw's survival at this stage and should be encouraged regardless.
Thanks for drawing my attention to it Jeric.:)

jeric_synergy
06-26-2014, 08:14 AM
Indeed: and while some people may not want (or be able) to spend the money to gain the significant added convenience of importing all the AE elements in one go, to others it will be well worth the price, especially if they've got numerous elements to transfer.

AND, it has other features superior to the native implementation.

djwaterman
06-26-2014, 09:24 AM
Thanks, but before I spend $123 on a plugin, I'd rather keep exporting the layers one by one. Besides, I found another plugin that allows exporting the camera and nulls to a Lightwave scene, the only problems being that it truncates the names and saves only to the desktop, but well, you can't have it all. Better than paying $123.

This is it here http://www.motion-graphics-exchange.com/after-effects/AE3D-Export-Maya-Max-and-Lightwave/4bff8b4034916

I also used AE Link and have been waiting for the update, but I haven't installed it on my latest set up and just used the native solution recently.

There was also this from mentalfish http://mentalfish.com/2009/08/lw-2-ae/ that came before, but I never tried it.

Sebasvideo
06-27-2014, 07:01 PM
Indeed: and while some people may not want (or be able) to spend the money to gain the significant added convenience of importing all the AE elements in one go, to others it will be well worth the price, especially if they've got numerous elements to transfer.

That's good, but just to clarify, that product only works in one direction, LW to AE, not the other way around. So it doesn't help in sending a tracked camera and nulls into LW.

jeric_synergy
06-28-2014, 07:46 AM
That's good, but just to clarify, that product only works in one direction, LW to AE, not the other way around. So it doesn't help in sending a tracked camera and nulls into LW.
BUT, there's this, from the website:


Yes, AE Link v1.1 added a compatibility mode for a
free script that allows to export AE data to LW. It was requested by an
early adopter of AE Link in NewTek's forums thread, and it's an handy
addition. Not seamless, but works well and it's pixel perfect. - See more at: http://www.vfxwizard.com/software/lightwave-to-after-effects-exporter.html#sthash.Knnuyn4z.dpuf

Full bi-directional functionality is planned, but most users said
they would have preferred a simple integrated pass manager to be
implemented first. So bidirectional exchange is going to be added.-

Sebasvideo
06-28-2014, 07:58 AM
BUT, there's this, from the website:


Yes, AE Link v1.1 added a compatibility mode for a
free script that allows to export AE data to LW. It was requested by an
early adopter of AE Link in NewTek's forums thread, and it's an handy
addition. Not seamless, but works well and it's pixel perfect. - See more at: http://www.vfxwizard.com/software/lightwave-to-after-effects-exporter.html#sthash.Knnuyn4z.dpuf

I don't see that on the website, but regardless, it says it adds compatibility for a free script. Still not much sense to pay for this product unless you really need the LW to AE functionality.

jeric_synergy
06-28-2014, 01:06 PM
Yes, buying a tool you don't need is not sensible.