Animation / 3ds Max
This page contains the information about 3ds Max's animation types which can be used with Verge3D, as well as supported playback options and means to control the animation interactively.
- Setting Up in 3ds Max
- Playback Options
- Animation Control with Puzzles
Setting Up in 3ds Max
Animation keyframes can be added in standard way in 3ds Max, by using the Set Keys button or pressing K on the keyboard.
For performance reasons, we recommend setting keys separately, only for channels which are required to be animated, e.g:
An object can be animated in Verge3D by using 3ds Max's skin modifier. Verge3D support maximum 4 weights per joint (4 most influential weights are selected, others are ignored).
Skeletons can be animated directly by setting transformation keys on bones or by utilizing auxiliary controllers such as IK solvers. To animate bones indirectly, enable Skeleton Root and Custom Frame Range properties on their common parent object and set proper From/To as frame values. See below for more info.
To use keyframed material animation, simply set keys on any material controller.
3ds Max's Morpher modifier is intended for creating an object's morph channels (targets), the channel's weights can be animated using keyframes in standart way. Please, note, the channel, with no target object, is not supported. See this page for more info.
Verge3D Global Animation Settings
By using the Animation section of Verge3D Export Settings you can assign global animation parameters which will affect all animatable objects in your scene.
- Export Animations
- export scene animations to be used in Verge3D.
- Export Within Playback Range
- by default Verge3D exporter honors per-object animation keyframe ranges. Enabling this option will force exporter to honor global playback range.
- Keyframes Start with 0
- edit exported animation keyframes so they always start with frame 0.
Verge3D Per-Object Animation Settings
Each object in 3ds Max is assigned with Verge3D settings, including the settings for animation playback.
- Auto Start
- whether this object's animation will start after the scene is loaded.
- Loop Mode
- playback mode: Repeat - plays from the start to the end and repeats, Once - plays one time and stops, Ping Pong - plays from the start to the end and then in reverse.
- Repeat Infinitely
- whether this object's animation will be played all over again. Valid only for Repeat and Ping Pong modes.
- Repeat Count
- how many times the animation will be played. Valid only for Repeat and Ping Pong modes if Repeat Infinitely is disabled.
- how many frames will be skipped before the animation starts.
- Custom Frame Range
- enable and specify From/To values to override object's keyframe ranges or global animation timeline. Activating this property will force an object to be animated even if it does not have any keyframes. This is useful to bake indirect animation such as IK handles/effectors affecting bones movements.
- Skeleton Root
- consider object a skeleton root, e.g make all child bones inherit animation parameters from that object.
The frame rate value (default - NTSC or 29.97 fps) which affect the playback speed can be changed using the Time Configuration panel.
Animation Control with Puzzles
You can use animation puzzles for playing back a pre-made animation (click on the link for more details).
Animation can also be implemented with other visual scripting blocks - see Camera and Time puzzles.
Feel free to ask on the forums!