Poser 8 Revealed: Working With Files & Accessing Content Paradise - Part 1
Backgrounds can add a lot to a scene, but they can also be used to work with the current scene. A background image can be rendered as part of the scene to add some variety. Background images can also be used as a template to match the position of a character’s body parts.
When a background image is imported, a dialog box appears stating that the width/height ratio of the background is different than the Document Window and offers to change the Document Window’s size to match the background. If you select Yes, the window is resized, as shown in Figure 4-9. If you choose No, the background image is resized to match the current window.
Merging Existing Poser Content
The File, Import, Poser Document/Prop menu command lets you select any existing Poser file and the contents of the selected file are loaded into the current scene. This is an excellent way to reuse content from other scenes in the current scene.
Be aware that when a Poser file is loaded, all the current objects, figure, and scene elements are loaded, which might result in duplicate figures.
Importing Sound Files
Sound files can be imported and used within an animation sequence or with the Talk Designer to lip sync a character’s talking motions. Both the Sound and LipSync Audio options look for .WAV files. The difference between the two import options is where the sound file shows up. LipSync audio files are routed directly to the Talk Designer interface and sound files are loaded into the Animation palette where it’s waveform can be viewed. You can learn about Talk Designer and using LipSync audio files in Chapter 15, “Lip Synching with Talk Designer,” and how audio files are used with animation in Chapter 13, “Animating Figures and Scenes.”
You can import motion files from an external source using the File, Import, BVH Motion menu command. Biovision files are typically created using motion capture, a system that enables computers to record actual motions into an importable file format. The imported file replaces any existing keyframes. After selecting a file to load, a dialog box, shown in Figure 4-10, asks you to specify whether the arms are aligned along the X-axis or along the Z-axis. Then another dialog box gives you the option to scale the data point automatically or to not scale them at all. Following this, warning dialog boxes appear for all the figure elements that aren’t included in the imported motion set.
It is normal for motion sets to not include motion data for all the figure elements, such as the figure’s toes.
Video sequences can be loaded into the Poser interface as backgrounds using the AVI format for Windows machines and using the QuickTime (MOV) format for Macintosh machines. When loaded, a dialog box appears asking if you want to change the Document Window’s size to match the background video, the same as for background images. You can scrub through the frames of the video using the Animation Controls, which are opened using the Window, Animation Controls menu command. More on using images and videos for background is covered in Chapter 6, “Establishing a Scene[md]Cameras and Backgrounds.”
Match a Background Pose
1. Open Poser with the Ryan Casual figure visible.
2. Choose the File, Import, Background Picture menu command. Locate and open the Man balancing.tif file. In the Change Window to Match Background dialog box, choose the Yes option.