Lightwave 2018 export failure

jaxtone

Creative Director
Hi,


Had an old model of a paperbag I made in Lightwave 2018 that I need to export to another 3D program, either as OBJ or FBX.


Unfortunatelly my Lightwave program is no longer capable of doing such an easy thing that used to be very easy.

What can the problem be?
 

jaxtone

Creative Director
Yes! When I try to export as FBX, but not when I try OBJ. With OBJ there comes no message or object that is exported.


Error FBX.jpg
 

lardbros

Not so newbie member
Try this:

Search in the Windows Registry for Valkyrie.
This is the plugin that handles the LW exports.

Delete the whole folder called Valkyrie. (Inside Regedit... NOT inside the LW install dir)

Try exporting again, and it hopefully should work. Took ages to find this one, but with the help of Deuce and LW Support a few years back, we solved it.
 
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prometheus

REBORN
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Yes! When I try to export as FBX, but not when I try OBJ. With OBJ there comes no message or object that is exported.


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Yeah, you got a private newtek message and on your private mail from me that I can check it.

However, you could just save out/export as lwo 2015 object from lw 2018 and import to blender and load in there, preferably 2.79 and then export to obj from there, there are also an lwo 2015 object loader addon for blender 2.9, but the lwo object has to be exported as 2015 versions.

If the suggestion of deleting the valkyrie in the register is a bit sensitive.
Or just mail me the file and I will check it.

What you can´t get though, that is pbr shading, only the texturing set up.
 

Sensei

TrueArt Support
1) Edit Plug-Ins and re-add Valkyrie.p Restart Modeler make box and use Export > Export FBX

2) try export from Layout instead of Modeler to see if it works

3) maybe Valkyrie.p is corrupted? Do you have 7zip installed? It is adding branch CRC SHA to Windows explorer - if so, RMB on Valkyrie.p pick up CRC SHA and CRC-32. What is result?

4) "failed to start" usually is showed when 32 bit version is used on 64 bit LW, or vice versa.
 
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raymondtrace

Founding member
1) Edit Plug-Ins and re-add Valkyrie.p...
The valkyrie issue was not about a corruption of the plugin. The plugin stores a particular FBX version preference in the registry after each use. There was some issue where that may mess up successive executions of the plugin, especially if you were using multiple versions of LightWave on the same system. There were one or two discussions of it in these forums.

However, when even the OBJ export was not functioning, I would suspect another scan of the plugins is appropriate (Edit, Edit Plugins, Scan Directory).
 

prometheus

REBORN
@jaxtone

With LW 2019.1.5..
I have just saved out an obj and an fbx file for you and sent it to your private mail, both files should work in blender 2.79.3 and blender 2.92 alpha.

But as I mentioned in that mail, it´s best to go to the bottom of the issue with the plugin as suggested by others here.
 

jaxtone

Creative Director
I will consider to check out all your advices with one thing in mind.

I am no technician at all and my experience tell me that everytime I put my feet in shallow water I almost drown in more problems that I asked for. One step front and five back isn´t what I can afford right now. But I am glad you are so helpful and maybe have to ask again if something fails.

Promotheus, thanks a lot, I will open them in a bit.
 

Sensei

TrueArt Support
I am no technician at all and my experience tell me that everytime I put my feet in shallow water I almost drown in more problems that I asked for. One step front and five back isn´t what I can afford right now.
Get used to. It's normal in the computer industry..
 

lardbros

Not so newbie member
I will consider to check out all your advices with one thing in mind.

I am no technician at all and my experience tell me that everytime I put my feet in shallow water I almost drown in more problems that I asked for. One step front and five back isn´t what I can afford right now. But I am glad you are so helpful and maybe have to ask again if something fails.

Promotheus, thanks a lot, I will open them in a bit.
If you need steps to try and edit the registry, I don't mind doing a quid video, or walk through
 

jaxtone

Creative Director
If you need steps to try and edit the registry, I don't mind doing a quid video, or walk through
Lardbros: If you would like to do that I would appreciate it very much!

I found the directory and could either delete all items inside it or delete the whole folder. I guess you wanted me to delete the folder. But since I am kind of lost in RegEdit fixes I am not sure if I must delete it from the inside of the RegEdit or from somewhere else?

Inside the RegEdit I am asked a few questions when I try to delete the Valkyrie.

If I want remove the Valkyrie and all its underlaying keys permanent?

I am not sure of anything here... and what I might find most correct may as well be the worst scenario!
 

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lardbros

Not so newbie member
Lardbros: If you would like to do that I would appreciate it very much!
This just helps with the Regedit problem, but it may be what Sensei says, just the valkyrie loading issue.


This video is hot off the press, so may not be watchable until it finishes uploading/converting.
Good luck!
 

prometheus

REBORN
I will consider to check out all your advices with one thing in mind.

I am no technician at all and my experience tell me that everytime I put my feet in shallow water I almost drown in more problems that I asked for. One step front and five back isn´t what I can afford right now. But I am glad you are so helpful and maybe have to ask again if something fails.

Promotheus, thanks a lot, I will open them in a bit.

I´m definitely no technician myself, but I suppose some of us may have it easier to deal with It tech stuff such as fixing files, depending on background as well as agbe perhaps and how to deal with folders, datahandling, registry editing etc.
I wouldn´t recommend registry editing, if you do not know what you are doing as the first choice, but rather to re-install the plugins, and do that before messing around with winregistry.
you now have some descriptions on how to deal with the valkyrie in this thread without winregistry I think.

You´re welcome to ask anytime Jack, if you do that by private mail, I think that is best if it´s not a general question.
 

lardbros

Not so newbie member
Reinstalling LightWave won't fix the registry unfortunately. Unless you want to reinstall Windows? If it is that of course.
First step, as Prom says, would be to try re-adding the plugins, see if that fixes it.

New configs sometimes fixes stuff too. Backing up and then deleting your configs, see if that fixes it, as this is the most common problem with LW in my opinion.
 
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prometheus

REBORN
Reinstalling LightWave won't fix the registry unfortunately. Unless you want to reinstall Windows? If it is that of course.
First step, as Prom says, would be to try re-adding the plugins, see if that fixes it.

New configs sometimes fixes stuff too. Backing up and then deleting your configs, see if that fixes it, as this is the most common problem with LW in my opinion.
Correct, but we don´t know the registry is damaged or need fixing.
As such, re-install plugins, or re-install lightwave first.

Before even editing win registry, I would suggest make a system backup with the built in backup tools for windows 10, and put it on external drive.
It´s very easy to backup, provided you got a drive for that.
 

lardbros

Not so newbie member
Registry editing isn't as dangerous as it is suggested by Microsoft and IT specialists. You can completely screw your machine, but just saying it's not going to do anything you don't tell it to do.
Some software REQUIRES registry key editing in order to make it work (Substance Painter for instance).
So long as you follow instructions and make sure you don't delete things you're not sure about, you will be fine.
 
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