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Removing render and material settings before sending someone a model???
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Hi Guys,

At present I am working for a company with a range of products doing visuals etc. I have a 6 month agreement with them but the Office Manager has now bought a copy of Max and has started asking questions about ownership of models etc. which makes me think that at the end of the 6 months he will demand that I pass back all my models (which I assume I will be legally bound to do?) and he will try to do the viz work himself. As a protection / safety net against this, is there a way that I can remove all of my material and or render settings from each model before passing them back? I use vray as the renderer if that helps.

I'm pretty sure that this can be done, but I don't know how, and if my prediction is correct I don't want to tie the rope I am being given into my own noose!

Can anyone help me with this at all please?

Thanks in advance,

CAD Monkey Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!

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3/27/2009 5:36:27 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 5:36:27 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
Changing the renderer from vray to mental ray then back again will reset the setting back to default. Use the UVWremove tool in the 'more' utilities to remove all materials from the models. then reset the material editor so it shows no materials (in the utilities menu)

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3/27/2009 5:39:30 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 5:40:27 AM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Cheers Grotey,

This might sound like a bit of a dodgy thing to do, but I really get the feeling I'm being stitched up. I assume that what I am talking about is legal??

Thanks again,

CAD Monkey
Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!

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3/27/2009 5:42:16 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 5:42:16 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
What about saving them as obj's or similar?

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3/27/2009 5:48:52 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 5:48:52 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss2
You need to explain if you are employed by this company or are self employed. It's not very clear from your first post. If you are employed by them, as I understand it, they retain ownership of everything you do. If you are self employed then it would depend on the agreement you made. That is my understanding of this anyway.

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3/27/2009 6:10:08 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 6:10:08 AM)
show user profile  missy
This is how it works for me.

I am employed, anything I make/create whilst for work belongs to them. I am allowed to keep the model for portfolio purposes but I am not allowed to sell the model on. I was contracted to this company before I was taken on but same thing applied.


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3/27/2009 6:19:49 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 6:19:49 AM)
show user profile  nm8r
What you're planning to do would piss them off. They own the rights to the work you've done while you're employed unless specified otherwise by contract. Don't burn any bridges unless you don't want to work for that employer again. We've gotten 98% of our work from word of mouth.
It's a different story if you're an independent contractor and you specify in your contract that your deliverables are only the images you produce but if you're an employee of the company albeit temporarily, which is how I understand your situation then your work there is their property like in Missy's case.
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3/27/2009 6:41:11 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 6:43:10 AM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Thanks for the replies fellas.

I work for the company as a freelancer with a retainer (contract being finalised as we speak). I understand completely that the company own all work etc. but likewise I don't want to shaft myself out of a job!

The situation here is extremely messy so the guy who has now been re-employed as office manager (left last year and then tried to shaft the company etc. etc. now for some unknown reason has been re-employed) has started to sniff around for info regarding how to use max, from asking me to show him how to use it, to giving phone support and now checking that all new models etc. have to come back to him if we end the contract. Therefore I don't want to piss anyone off, but at the same time I don't want to make the mistake of sending models back that he only has to open and then hit F9 to get my results, that's all.

Of course any suggestions as to how to do this in the least offensive way would be gratefully received...

Thanks again,

CAD Monkey Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!

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3/27/2009 7:40:36 AM (last edit: 3/27/2009 7:40:36 AM)
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