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Room Nodes, Skeleton (Blender)

In this tutorial you’ll learn about room nodes in IMVU. While this tutorial specifically references Blender, many of these steps will apply in other 3D software applications. [Download Blender FREE here.]

Room Skeleton

Being festooned with all sorts of nodes in just about every nook and cranny furniture rooms can appear quite complicated at first glance. On closer inspection their skeletons can be broken down into several sets of nodes based on what they do; a set of core nodes that define the room, furniture nodes to accommodate furniture items and seat nodes for avatar placement. How they are organised and linked together determines how the room can be used.

Download the furniture room starter file here

A basement room mesh with room skeleton highlighted
Room Skeleton

A simple basement mesh accompanied by its skeleton, a series of nodes that accommodate furniture and avatars.

Room Skeleton Overview

The root or master bone of a room is Skeleton.Room, everything links to this in some way. Below this are the remaining nodes necessary for a functional room, including lights, furniture and seat nodes;

Skeleton.Room

    node.Room

       Omni01

    camera.01.01.root

    camera.01.01.root.Target

    furniture.Floor.01 » 999

    furniture.Wall.01 » 999

    furniture.Ceiling.01 » 999

    seat01.Sitting (01 » 99)

    seat02.Standing (01 » 99)

    seat03.Custom (01 » 99)
IMPORTANT

With the availability of FBX exporting, rooms can now be made in Blender using optional ‘nodes’ solely, or in combination with the more traditional route, an Armature and bones – nodes differ from both Armatures and Bones in that they’re simply reference objects, an Empty, that cannot be significantly edited.

All nodes within a furniture room link to Skeleton.Room
Skeleton

All nodes within a room link to Skeleton.Room which sits at the top of the hierarchy – the link between nodes highlights as a dashed line in Blender, Child » Parent.

Node Positions

With the exception of Skeleton.Room and node.Room, which are located at grid-centre in Blender (0,0,0 on the XYZ axes), all other nodes can be placed wherever they might add functionality to a room, furniture nodes are often placed on a uniform grid for example, typically 1 metre (Unit in Blender) apart, but can be placed anywhere, on a cliff-face or under water. Similarly for avatar spots, they too could be up a cliff or under water.

IMPORTANT

There are three types of furniture, floor, wall and ceiling, each identified by their name . This helps IMVU determine what type of furniture, and their orientation (Z being the primary axis of orientation), is generally associated with which node.

The position of room nodes is relative to their function
Nodes

The position of room nodes is relative to their function within the room, floor nodes are generally aligned to ground surfaces for example, but can be placed anywhere.

Node names

As with other types of items, the names or labels given to each node is important because it determines the nodes function and individuality, especially where there are a lot in use – a wall node labeled furniture.Wall.34 distinguishes the individual node as the 34th in a group, that its a wall and not floor or ceiling node, and that its a furniture node and not a seat or other node within the rooms overall skeleton. Furniture nodes should be uniquely identified and numbered 01 through 999 (01 » 999 – an [n] value) per type, with floor nodes being labeled furniture.Floor.[n], wall nodes furniture.Wall.[n], and ceiling nodes furniture.Ceiling.[n]. For seating, both names and number follow the same pattern as used for furniture, they are functionally identical . The proper label for each node is (where [n] is a unique incremental numerical value);

Skeleton.Room

node.Room

Omni[n]

camera.01.01.root

camera.01.01.root.Target

furniture.[Floor/Wall/Ceiling].[n]

seat[n].[Sitting/Standing/Custom]

Catcher[n].[Sitting/Standing]

Pitcher[n].[Sitting/Standing]

Handle[n]

For more help with furniture nodes see here » [link to furniture node tute]

For more help with seating see here » 
IMPORTANT

Names are caSE SenSiTIvE.

A small rooms hierarchy contains a lot of nodes
Hierarchy

Even small rooms can have a tremendous number of nodes.

Updated on September 24, 2018

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