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Old 08-30-2006, 03:36 PM
Elizabeth S Elizabeth S is offline
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Unhappy Models showing up

I am importing a model of a car and each of its wheels separately into my script. I have created animation paths for both the car body and its wheels. When I run the script, some of the wheels may or may not appear in the scene. Running the script another time (without changing it at all) yields different results - either it may have randomly worked this time or a different wheel(s) may not appear. Any ideas what could be wrong? I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions to clear up this frustrating problem. Thanks.
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Old 08-31-2006, 03:52 AM
k_iwan k_iwan is offline
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Hi,

I do apologise, I'm not quite following your problem.
So, you created 5 animation paths? 1 animation path for the body and another 4 for the wheels? ... or only 2 paths? 1 for body and another one for the wheels?

Is it possible to make the wheels as children of the car, and use getchild command to spin the wheels? this way, you only need to create 1 path, for the car body. The wheels will follow wherever the car goes.

well, just an opinion.

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Iwan
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:22 AM
farshizzo farshizzo is offline
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Which version of Vizard are you running? Could you provide a simple script that recreates the problem?
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:26 AM
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Like k_iwan, I am not sure why you can not see the wheels.

As suggested, you should probably make the wheels children of the car. You can do this in a modeling program or call the vizard <VizNode>.parent() fucntion.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:22 PM
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Re: Models not showing up

Thanks for all your responses.
When I initially had the wheels as children of the car body, I could not get them to spin around the right pivot point. This is the reason I import them separately into my Vizard script. Is there a way to easily fix this problem.
Also, here is a trimmed-down script that I'm running....sorry for the length.

import viz
import math

viz.go()

def playAnimations():

#Add car and its wheels
Car = viz.add('Car.obj')
Car.scale(0.305,0.305,0.305)
Car.visible(viz.OFF)
CarwheelRF = viz.add('Carwheel2.obj')
CarwheelRF.scale(0.305,0.305,0.305)
CarwheelRF.translate(-0.92,0.35,1.09)
CarwheelRF.visible(viz.OFF)
CarwheelLF = viz.add('Carwheel2.obj')
CarwheelLF.scale(0.305,0.305,0.305)
CarwheelLF.translate(-2.379,0.35,1.09)
CarwheelLF.rotate(0,-1,0,180)
CarwheelLF.visible(viz.OFF)
CarwheelRB = viz.add('Carwheel2.obj')
CarwheelRB.scale(0.305,0.305,0.305)
CarwheelRB.translate(-0.92,0.35,3.45)
CarwheelRB.visible(viz.OFF)
CarwheelLB = viz.add('Carwheel2.obj')
CarwheelLB.scale(0.305,0.305,0.305)
CarwheelLB.translate(-2.379,0.35,3.45)
CarwheelLB.rotate(0,-1,0,180)
CarwheelLB.visible(viz.OFF)

#Initialize animation paths
CarpathBody = viz.add(viz.ANIMATION_PATH)
CarpathRWF = viz.add(viz.ANIMATION_PATH)
CarpathLWF = viz.add(viz.ANIMATION_PATH)
CarpathRWB = viz.add(viz.ANIMATION_PATH)
CarpathLWB = viz.add(viz.ANIMATION_PATH)
Paths = [CarpathBody,CarpathRWF,CarpathLWF,CarpathRWB,Carpa thLWB]

#Initializing velocity and ttc arrays and using them to find distances
velocity = [10,15,20,25,30]
ttc = [2,2.25,2.5,2.75,3,3.25,3.5,3.75,4,4.25,4.5,4.75,5, 5.25,5.5,5.75,6,6.25,6.5,
6.75,7,7.25,7.5,7.75,8,8.25,8.5,8.75,9,9.25,9.5,9. 75,10]
ttc1 = 5
velocity1 = 4
distance = velocity[velocity1-1]*ttc[ttc1-1]*0.44704
distance2 = 0

#Setting positions of car and its wheels for the animation paths -
#Alternating starting and ending distances for each model in this order:
#Car body, Right wheel front, Left wheel front, Right wheel back,
#Left wheel back
Positions = [ [0,0,distance],[0,0,distance2],
[-0.92,0.35,1.09+distance],[-0.92,0.35,1.09+distance2],
[-2.379,0.35,1.09+distance],[-2.379,0.35,1.09+distance2],
[-0.92,0.35,3.45+distance], [-0.92,0.35,3.45+distance2],
[-2.379,0.35,3.45+distance],[-2.379,0.35,3.45+distance2] ]

#Add the control points to the animation path
for x in range(0,len(Paths)):
cp = viz.add(viz.CONTROL_POINT)
cp.translate(Positions[2*x])
Paths[x].add(cp,0)
cp2 = viz.add(viz.CONTROL_POINT)
cp2.translate(Positions[2*x+1])
Paths[x].add(cp2,ttc[ttc1])

#Set the wheels spinning
Carrotations = (distance - distance2)/2.011
Carfullrotations = math.floor(Carrotations)
Cardegreesrotations = Carfullrotations*360 + (Carrotations - Carfullrotations)*360
Carrotatespeed = Cardegreesrotations/ttc1
CarwheelRF.spin(1,0,0,-Carrotatespeed)
CarwheelLF.spin(1,0,0,Carrotatespeed)
CarwheelRB.spin(1,0,0,-Carrotatespeed)
CarwheelLB.spin(1,0,0,Carrotatespeed)

#Link the car and its wheels to the path; play the paths
Car.link(Paths[0])
CarwheelRF.link(Paths[1])
CarwheelLF.link(Paths[2])
CarwheelRB.link(Paths[3])
CarwheelLB.link(Paths[4])
Car.visible(viz.ON)
CarwheelRF.visible(viz.ON)
CarwheelLF.visible(viz.ON)
CarwheelRB.visible(viz.ON)
CarwheelLB.visible(viz.ON)
Paths[0].play()
Paths[1].play()
Paths[2].play()
Paths[3].play()
Paths[4].play()
Paths[0].loop(viz.LOOP)
Paths[1].loop(viz.LOOP)
Paths[2].loop(viz.LOOP)
Paths[3].loop(viz.LOOP)
Paths[4].loop(viz.LOOP)

def mykeyboard(whichKey):
#to quit the script
if whichKey == viz.KEY_ESCAPE:
print 'Esc key pressed'
viz.quit();
#to play the set of animations
elif whichKey == viz.KEY_RETURN:
playAnimations();
#otherwise do nothing
else:
print 'Incorrect key pressed'


viz.callback(viz.KEYDOWN_EVENT, mykeyboard)
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:56 PM
Gladsomebeast Gladsomebeast is offline
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When I replace the Car.obj with logo.wrl and the Carwheel2.obj with ball.wrl things work well. This suggests that there is something going on with your models.

You can still set the parent of the seperate wheel objects in Vizard. This will solve the pivot point problem so that they will spin around their centers.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:49 PM
k_iwan k_iwan is offline
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@ Elizabeth S

If you'd like, I could have a look into your model. Send them to me/post the zip file in this thread, also It would be great if you could send the objects in OBJ format.

Regards,
k_iwan
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:17 AM
Elizabeth S Elizabeth S is offline
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Here are the models

Attached are my models.

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:49 PM
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Got it!

So far, it seems that the problem was solved by parenting the wheels to the car. Thanks to all for the help!
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:11 PM
k_iwan k_iwan is offline
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Talking Great!

@Elizabeth;

Nice Car! you solved the problem? Cool!
I had a look into your model, everything seems fine, no inverted normals or anything that would make your object dissapears.

Have a great day, all the best in your project!!!


Regards,
Iwan
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