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IMVU Studio Learning Session 11: Animations using Blender and IMVU Studio

IMVU Studio is our next generation creator tool, currently in development. It serves as the foundation for new features and optimizations on IMVU Desktop and Mobile, allowing Creators to take their products to a whole new level.

What You’ll Learn

In this session, the IMVU Studio team shows you how to create Avatar and Furniture Animations using Blender and IMVU Studio. We also have special guest @MiakasCreations adding her expertise.

  • Part 1: @MightySe7en demos using Blender and IMVU Studio to create prop animations 
  • Part 2: @TaunTauntonic will show you new and upcoming IMVU Studio Features
    • Manual Camera Control
    • Highlight Selections
    • Particle Helper
    • HiDPI Rendering
    • Convex Reflection
    • Local Ambient Lighting
    • Shortcut Keys
    • Sneak peek at upcoming features!
  • Part 3: @TaunTauntonic @Drosselmeyer and @MightySe7en and @MiakasCreations answer questions from Creators attending the Learning Session.

Watch Now!

Questions & Answers

(Verbal answers are recorded in the video)

Q: In the prop animation demo you showed how to take one step, if you wanted it to take 5 steps you would have to repeat this 5 times?, or is there an easy way to repeat an action?
A: You would continue to add frames for more steps. I used 50 frames, but there is also a slider to add more frames in the toolkit

Q: How can I create poses or groups in IMVU Studio?
A: For poses you can follow the tutorial here: https://create.imvu.com/articles/studio/toolkit-blender/#creating-an-avatar-animation. There are videos coming soon which will be on the same webpage.

Q: Where do you get the toolkit for the IMVU avatar?
A: https://create.imvu.com/articles/studio/toolkit/. There are install instructions on this page. If you are new to Blender, I highly suggest checking out some YouTube tutorials on the program. I like BlenderGuru personally.

Q: What is aliasing?
A: It helps edges look smoother. If you imagine a diagonal line, it is normally a staircase since you are limited to pixels. Antialiasing adds a gradient to the edge to appear like it is higher resolution.

Q: How can I make a derivation of couple poses of groups 3, 4, 5, etc.?
A: Right now, the toolkit can only do single avatar animations. I have not explored multiple avatar poses. You could make a few poses in one file, then export them all in one fbx file. They would not be interacting with each other, but you will get multiple poses in one file.

Q: How can we control how far local ambient color’s length it reaches? Does local ambient light work in Classic Client?
A: It is basically looking at the room from the point where the avatar is seated. The effect is calculated automatically. Ambient light is not available in the older platforms.

Q: Can you preset these rooms so your avatar does not take on a local ambient light color?
A: Local Ambient is set per room product. If your default room has if off then it will remain off for that room.

Q: Will there be a way at some point to save your outfit creation in IMVU Studio? For example, when I put an ensemble together and take photos I lose it when I close IMVU Studio.
A: We are working on Inventory management control, which would include saving your “Look” in IMVU Studio. In the mean time, you can create and save looks on IMVU Desktop or Mobile.

*This Learning Session took place November 16, 2022, and the information shared is specific to this time period.

Updated on July 21, 2023

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