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04-07-2004, 05:09 AM
...me again
im workin from a DVD tutorial(desktopimages) which shows you how to make liquid mercury pour onto collision blocks and pour off them. now theres a project file which contains this:


first off, Layout gives me a message sayin that it cant load it, then i click 'ok' and then it proceeds to open the file for me to work on.
now every time i go to render the animation just before it finishes renderin the first frame it gives me a message readin:

Plug-in image saver failed. Abort rendering?

if i continue i get the animation minus the liquid mercury pourin down and off the collision blocks that have been set out, which is the whole point to the tutorial.

i thought id ask you guys first before headin to Desktopimages cause their kinda of slow in replyin.
any help here please?...

04-07-2004, 07:49 AM
Is this with a sample scene? If so, open the scene file (*.lws) in a text editor and look for the path of the Mercury.pfx file. I'll bet money it's got a fixed windows path (C:\Content\Sample\Mercury.pfx). If it does, open the scene (in Layout), go to the ParticleFX window, re-load the saved settings (it's in the last tab of the FX options), then re-save the scene. That should do it.

04-07-2004, 08:55 AM
...thanks for the reply dude
Plugin CustomObjHandler 1 FX_Emitter

format 1

s0 0.5 0.01 0.5

p0 0 0 0 1812 300

v0 0 0 0 1 1 0

g0 0 -2 0 1 Scenes\Projects\Mercury.pfx

b0 0 300 1 1 1 250 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1

ve 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.02 0 0 1 0 1.5 1.5 0.1


ShadowOptions 7

...is this what you mean?...
the only other is this that comes close to what you mentioned...

SaveRGBImagesPrefix C:\Production\Training\Tapes\Basic HV\OutPut\Mercury\HV3_Liquid_A.

RGBImageSaver LW_TGA32(.tga)

SaveAlpha 0


04-07-2004, 12:19 PM
What mlinde is saying is to go to the emitter panel, last tab, hit 'load motion' and browse for the 'Mercury.pfx' file. Once you load it I would save it again ('save motion') onto your hard drive, then save the scene as a new scene.

As far as the plug-in image saver error, that's a separate problem. Delete your i/o plug-ins (this does not erase them) and reload them.

04-07-2004, 01:50 PM

Originally posted by Boo!
and this

SaveRGBImagesPrefix C:\Production\Training\Tapes\Basic HV\OutPut\Mercury\HV3_Liquid_A. are the problems I mention. These files are paths for Windows PC locations. The Mercury.pfx file (if it was a proper path) would look like this:
The forward slash is the platform independent structure used in the newer parts of Lightwave. Unfortunately, using the forward slash will not work with PFX, because when you do reload/resave, it will look like this:
Which is also wrong, according to the newer pathing principles in Lightwave. Make sense?

04-07-2004, 02:05 PM
...thanks guys:D
im on the jazz right now!
the first part worked that Toby was talkin about just tryin the re-placin of i/o plugins.

i'll let you know the out come as soon as.
again THANKS! to both of you. i really need this for this job im on.

04-07-2004, 04:43 PM
...thanks its workin!:D :p :D

04-07-2004, 10:28 PM
we take kick-backs :)