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bone mesh distortion
show user profile  JohnBoyMan
Hello. I am trying to build a robot animation. I was told that i should use just the pivot points alone to move it during and animation to avoid distortion of the mesh. The problem is that i am using an exporter called ogremax for ogre3d. It requires that my animations have bones. Is there a way to move a robot with bones that would not distort the mesh?thanks
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10/4/2011 1:21:24 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 1:21:24 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
the reason u were told not to bother with skinning a robot is because there is no point - solid meshes would just be weighted 100% to a single bone which is what you need to do i guess

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10/4/2011 1:40:47 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 1:40:47 AM)
show user profile  JohnBoyMan
Thanks, how do i add a bone to a mesh.Without skinning it. I cant seem to find that info in any tutorials.
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10/4/2011 1:44:01 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 1:52:40 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
just rig/link your objects with decent hyrarchy and place the pivots in the right place (joints, etc..)

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10/4/2011 2:02:48 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 2:02:48 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
He said the software REQUIRES bones, so not using bones really isn't an option is it or is everyone taking advice pills from A-S? or am i being dumb here? yes in max bones are unnecessary for this but it looks like the other software needs them.

JohnBoyMan: Just add the bones and make sure the bone's pivots points are in the exact same place as the pivot points of the models joints. you can do this using pivot snap or just using the align tool after placing them (you will need to turn on bone tools in the animation menu for this second option though. As long as the pivots are located and aligned to the model then you should be fine.

Then depending on your software you would either link the models parts to the bones or add skin and weight the objects 100% to their corresponding bone.

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10/4/2011 9:36:31 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 9:36:31 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> He said the software REQUIRES bones, so not using bones really isn't an option is it or is everyone taking advice pills from A-S

maybe you should. of course ogre won't require rigid meshes to be skinned. skinning unnecessarily will incur a performance penalty.

might need the hierachy setup in a certain way for control but that should be about it.

@grotey - just because he says something is required doesn't mean it is. you're going on a tangent because op is confused.

check requirements/config on an ogre board.
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10/4/2011 9:40:41 AM (last edit: 10/4/2011 9:43:52 AM)
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