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arrow1234
10-07-2008, 09:28 PM
Hello, i have finished some models for source game like Counter strike:Source or Half Life 2. they are static, no movement, have a look:
http://www.fpsbanana.com/prefabs/2486
http://www.fpsbanana.com/prefabs/2442

the whole modelling is done in LW9.5 and texture coloring in PS. Now i want to make a step toward animation model. From what i know, Lightwave is not able to export animation file format for further processing. But who know, i hope there is some news that i never heard of, or some awesome lw mate made a way to work it around.

I know there are bunch of video tutorial of XSI teaching animating a model. that would be my last choice. I just dont feel like installing another software for that.

thanks

SplineGod
10-07-2008, 11:45 PM
LW does export animation. What animation format do you need?

arrow1234
10-08-2008, 01:05 AM
i want to try to do some animation models, i dont have problem making static models (as u see, i made some static models already)
according to their wiki page:
http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Smd
both static and animation models need to be exported into the SMD format, so i m looking for some lw mates who have done/worked around this before.

That wiki page also briefly describe all 3d modelling programs:
http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/3D_Modeling_Programs
LW doesnt export animation as they said. But, again, i want to see anyone have ever done anim within LW and export it to SMD format. Please share your experience of any kind before i start learning/switching a whole total different 3d apps.

thanks

SplineGod
10-08-2008, 01:09 AM
Have you checked this out?
http://www.warmi.net/lightwave/

WhereMyArm
10-08-2008, 01:57 AM
Have you checked this out?
http://www.warmi.net/lightwave/

I've seen that linked to on Valve's dev wiki, but does anyone here have actual experience using it with 9.x? Just curious about the process.

arrow1234
10-08-2008, 01:56 PM
oh ye, i have actual experience exporting static model on my LW 9.5 :)

but for some reason i cant add the warmi animation plugin, anyone please?

warmiak
10-09-2008, 11:12 AM
oh ye, i have actual experience exporting static model on my LW 9.5 :)

but for some reason i cant add the warmi animation plugin, anyone please?

I was able to add the plugin and export stuff just fine with LW 9.3.

I can't tell you if the exported animation still works though, cause I don't have Valve's SDK installed anymore :-)
(the plugin was written against , I think ,Lightwave 7 or 8 - I don't remember exactly)