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.
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.
frameD consists of a collection of plugins with different purposes:
frameD is compatible with LightWave3D 2018 It currently runs with the Windows and MacOS versions of LightWave.
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