View Full Version : layout array/clone tool?

10-31-2005, 02:01 PM
i've done a search and tried arrlay (crashes layout) and array clone (offset doesn't work) from flay. does anyone have advice on how to clone in layout with an offset. i'd hate to have to make hundreds of these moves by hand.

lw 8.5
mac osX (i could do it on a pc if i had to)


11-01-2005, 04:46 PM
I normally use a home-grown plugin, which unfortunately isn't ready for Prime Time.

A method which works (on a PC at least) is to use FXLinker and a point array object created in Modeler.

The steps are:

1) In modeler, create an array of points at the desired offsets. Record the number of points for later use.
2) Save as a separate object, perhaps "Clone Array"
3) Bring it into Layout, as well as the object you want to clone
4) On the Dynamics panel, assign an Emitter object
5) Set the emitter as follows:

a) Birth Rate to more than your Clone Array object's point count
b) Generate by Frame
c) Maximum number of points equal to your Clone Array object's point count
d) Nozzle of Object-Vertices
e) Lifespan of 1 frame
6) Press Calculate to generate the particles at the points of the object
7) Save your scene. FXLinker is not reversable!
8) Invoke Utilities=>Additional=>FXLinker
9) Set parameters in FXLinker:

a) Particle source is your Clone Array
b) Replace Object is the object you want to clone
c) Post behavior of Stay
d) Set the "Make Key" flag
e) Enter your Clone Array point count in the "Copy" field
f) Press OK
g) Wait awhile
10) You can now remove the Clone Array object (and its emitter) since FX Linker created a Keyframe for each cloned object.
11) Save the scene.

Note that FXLinker may take a while to clone, depending upon the point count, number of copies, etc.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

11-02-2005, 09:09 AM
thanks, i'll give that a shot. the biggest problem i'm running into now is with array_clone. it won't do lights, only objects.

thanks again.

11-02-2005, 11:55 AM
there's also array (http://www.kolumbus.fi/erkki.halkka/plugpak/) from eki's PlugPak, and loco (http://www.pixelpotential.com/).