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ben martin
05-01-2004, 04:29 PM
Hi Lightwave wizards,

Iím having a little problem here.
I imported an animated Poser Propack figure into Lightwave.
Now I need to parent a spotlight to the figures head.
The figure pivot point is located in the base (feet).
If I try to parent anything to this Poser animated figure itíll (logically) be parented to this pivot point.
The easy solution was if in Lightwave it was possible to parent objects/lights to surfaces.
Unfortunately ití not possible, as far as I know!
Any idea how to solve this issue?
Iíve tried to find a solution but itís not easy to find a solution.

Many thanks in advance!
Sorry about my English, not my primary language!

Ben Martin

ben martin
05-01-2004, 06:36 PM
Hi,
To clarify.
You see, the Poser Propack scene is composed of 2 elements.
1. The object (Poser scene box) with the pivot point.
2. The figure animation inside that Poser scene box.
I guess we can put this simpler:
The only thing moving are the polygons/surfaces (figure morphing) not the object (Poserscene box) were all the animation takes place inside.

So the question remains:
Is it, somehow, possible to track a surface/polygon movement and parent a null object to that surface/polygon movement?
Hope so!

Cheers and many thanks!

mkiii
05-02-2004, 06:57 AM
It is possible to track individual points in LW 8. See the Demo videos which can be found just off the LW8 features page.

I have tried & been unable to do this in 7.5 (Not the sort of thing I normally do - so I don't claim any expertise)

You could do the main animation using bones of course, in which case, the relevant bone can be used as a target.

Otherwise.... Time for an upgrade perhaps?