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Play animation skipping frames
show user profile  Nolan
Hello all,

I am working on an animation and when I click the play animation button (not render) it seems to be skipping frames or have a very low frame rate. It works fine in other files and doesnt seem to be the computer but it is very annoying when trying to view the animation. I checked the time configuration settings and every thing seems to be good. Its running at 1/2 speed and 30 fps. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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6/20/2011 4:02:55 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 4:02:55 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Turn off realtime?

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6/20/2011 4:07:12 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 4:07:12 PM)
show user profile  Nolan
That seemed to make it stop skipping frames but now it is ignoring the fact that i set it to play at 30 fps. Its playing somewhere from 5-10 fps.
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6/20/2011 4:34:02 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 4:34:02 PM)
show user profile  Nolan
Also I just noticed about the last 20 frames of my animation it goes back to being smooth... If that helps at all. Im still stumped.
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6/20/2011 4:39:42 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 4:39:42 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
Animation>>Make Preview

or if it's newer version of max

Tools>>Grab Viewport>>Make Animation Sequence.

It will buffer render an animation from your viewport into a video file so it's viewable at the accurate speed. Your viewport speed will vary depending on your card, drivers and scene complexity, it's always best to make a preview.

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6/20/2011 4:42:22 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 4:42:22 PM)
show user profile  Nolan
Hmm I did that and it made the sequence but it didnt seem to change anything.
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6/20/2011 5:04:26 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 5:04:26 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Your computer is doing these things because it can't keep up with teh requested speed. So, it has to either skip frames or play at a lower speed.

Your two options are to allow adaptive degradation, or to make a preview, as Kajico said.

Making a preview creates an avi, so gives you a movie to watch, rather than in the max viewports.

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6/20/2011 5:12:45 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 5:14:20 PM)
show user profile  Philbert
You could also:

> use a faster computer

> Hide parts of the scene you don't need to see (splitting things between layers is good for this)

> Turn off meshsmooth on objects

> Put an optimize modifier on your heavy mesh to cut down the polys

Basically your current set-up can't push that many polygons fast enough so you gotta change that

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6/20/2011 6:37:42 PM (last edit: 6/20/2011 6:37:42 PM)
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