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Free drTrail for Maya 0.1.0 (maya script)

Creates a polygonal motion trail

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Compatibility

  • 7.x, 6.x

Operating Systems

  • Irix
  • Linux
  • Mac
  • Windows

History

Created:11/24/2005
Last Modified:12/02/2005
File Size: 2.4 KB
Command:
drTrail

Description:
drTrail creates a polygonal motion trail object.

drTrail creates four objects:
  1. pTrail - this is the polygon object representing the trail
  2. grpTrail - this is the main locator, it has an attribute called "Trail Length" which specifies the length of the trail
  3. lcTrail and lcTrail1 - the direct line between theese two locators is, where the trail origin is.
How to use:
Attach the main locator to an animated object (parenting or with constraints) and you are done.

Set keyframes on the polygon object(pTrail) for extra effects like wind or gravity.


Limitations:
  • The trail need some preroll to render correctly. E.g. if the trail length is 10 you need 10 frames preroll, so the trail has its initial position.
  • Has not been tested yet with distributed rendering.
Known Bugs:
Not a bug exactly: quick motions or some viewing angles, especially when the trail has transparency, can produce render artifacts. Quick workaround is to convert the pTrail object to SubDiv (Proxy object).

Bonus:
There is a example shader for pTrail within the zip file!


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