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framed2018:introduction

Introduction

frameD is a plugin for LightWave3D to create, load and manage image sequences defined by text files1).

The main usage scenarios are image sequences that contain duplicate images (such as mouth shapes mapped on a character's face) as well as backplates used for reference2).

These text files are treated by LightWave3D as animation files. However, they point to individual images which are loaded as frames of the “virtual” animation.

Since the individual images are loaded through the frameD plugin, it can perform additional processing or even not load from disk at all. This is leveraged by providing the option to load proxy images (which are created automatically) and by using available memory to cache images.

frameD supports both standard “IFL” based sequences as well as its own proprietary “XFD” format. The latter is XML based and allows for more attributes to be saved than simple IFL files allow for.

Basic Workflow

Single frames or image sequences are assembled in the frameD Editor to a sequence that can be loaded into LightWave 3D by the animation loader3).

One loaded by the animation loader in LightWave 3D, the images of the sequence will be cached and the timing can be manipulated using various looping options as well as a re-timing curve in the Master Plugin. Images shared by multiple sequences will only be loaded once.

Features

  • X-Sheet based editor for image sequences
  • Loader settings per image sequence
  • Image proxies to speed up interactivity in Layout
  • Image RAM cache speeds up interactivity in Layout and rendering in some cases
  • Retiming of image sequences using envelopes

Plugins

frameD consists of a collection of plugins with different purposes:

  • The frameD animation loader loads IFL/XFD based sequences into LightWave 3D.
  • The frameD editor allows the creating and editing of IFL/XFD based images sequences within Layout.
  • The frameD Master Plugin can be added to a scene in Layout to individually control settings per loaded Sequence.

Compatibility

frameD is compatible with LightWave3D 2018 It currently runs with the Windows and MacOS versions of LightWave.

Please visit http://framed.db-w.com for more up to date information.

1)
Gratuitous footnote. We'll try to make the following ones more informative. ;)
2)
We know – actually we expect – that many of you will come up with uses that we certainly never thought of.
3)
Please note, the editor does not use the cache. However, when loading an image for the first time, a thumbnail will be created and saved to disk. On subsequent loads, only the thumbnail will be loaded.
framed2018/introduction.txt · Last modified: 2017/12/27 10:40 by lightwolf