mcjTracerv2 for DS 45





Introduction 

This is a version of the existing mcjTracer plugin which adds the ability to display animation paths

In case there's bugs in the new version, i leave the old version(s) of mcjTracer as they are


and




mcjTracePath the companion script that creates paths for mcjTracer 
http://sites.google.com/site/mcasualsdazscripts/mcgtracepath-for-mcjtracer

also, to make your animation life easier get the setInterpolation script 
http://sites.google.com/site/mcasualsdazscripts/setinterpolation-for-ds2-3




Installation

you will find the plugin at the bottom of this web page in the "attachments" section

mcjTracerDS45V2x32.dll for Daz Studio 4.5 32 bits
mcjTracerDS45V2x64.dll for Daz Studio 4.5 64 bits

this dll must be placed it in your Daz Studio 4.5 plugins folder

typically 

the 32-bit version of the plugin ( mcjTracerDS45V2x32.dll ) goes in C:\Program Files (x86)\DAZ 3D\DAZStudio4\plugins

and the 64 bit version of the plugin ( mcjTracerDS45V2x64.dll ) goes in C:\Program Files\DAZ 3D\DAZStudio4\plugins




Old School Use ... Tracing Objects and Figures


Please refer to mcjTracer for DS4.5's manual for instructions concerning the display of objects




Tracing Animation Paths


Select the node to be traced

Example: we select a Null node named "tip", this node is parented to Aiko3's index tip


create the mcjTracer node

using Daz Studio's "Create" menu



Select the mcjTracer node 

using the Daz Studio's Scene tab
 


Enable the Track Mode

in the Daz Studio's Parameters tab you should now see the mcjTracer node Parameters

go in the "Track" category and turn "Track Mode" on




Enable the "Per Animation Frame" option

by default the mcjTracer displays the path of the target node only if the target node has keyframes

but in our example, It's Aiko3 which will have keyframes, the "tip" node is simply following Aiko3's hand



Starting to get something

we see the tip's path but it's a dashed line


Turn on the "Treat Vertices As One Long Line" option

in the Geometry section



Got it !

i changed the mcjTracer trace surface color to red and increased the Edge width


modulating the line width

in the Track section of the mcjTracer parameters, turn on the "Use XScale as Width Control" option

animate theXScale of your target node ( in our example, the "tip" node )



Important warnings

Keeping in mind that this is a free plugin ...

As new versions of daz studio are issued, this plugin may cease to function. And updates may not be forthcoming. Wireframes / lines created by mcjTracer in old scene files will disappear.

If, following the installation of mcjTracer, your daz studio crashes, then you should remove it from your plugins folder


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mcjTracer2DS45Win32.dll
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mCasual Jacques,
Aug 23, 2013, 5:36 PM
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mcjTracer2DS45Win64.dll
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mCasual Jacques,
Aug 23, 2013, 5:36 PM
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