Estimated timeframe for animated fire

  • Just wondering if it is anytime soon...PLEASE!!!

    Many thanks.

    Cheers,

    Manuela

    With our latest preview you can already make use of animated textures. That should already be helpful I reckon.


    Example:

    Enscape Video Texture Test : Enscape Version 2.9.0-preview.5+30723

  • Thanks for that Demian Gutberlet,


    For those of us who have no experience or understanding of animated textures will the Enscape team put together a step by step tutorial aimed at beginner level?


    What time frame before animated fire will be available in the asset library?


    Just pop it into the fire pit and it looks a million dollars straight out of the box, that's what I'm hoping for from a landscape designer point of view :)

  • I have not made a fire yet, but I am already very confident Animated Textures will work in order to do this. You must get a clip of a fire/ flames, try YouTube even. Then go create a texture in Sketchup, go to Enscape materials on that texture, then on top you should see a second tab, where you can then import a video file, then just put this texture on a plane, maybe even make the plane it's own group for easy handling, then put it where needed.


    I just would have loved if the Animated Textures (and water/ wind) could have kept playing even when keeping the camera (view) stationary. But it's not a train smash.

  • I just would have loved if the Animated Textures (and water/ wind) could have kept playing even when keeping the camera (view) stationary. But it's not a train smash.

    There's actually a setting for that now in the General Settings/Performance called 'Restmode'. It'll keep animations playing as long as the renderer window is in focus.

  • I have not made a fire yet, but I am already very confident Animated Textures will work in order to do this. You must get a clip of a fire/ flames, try YouTube even. Then go create a texture in Sketchup, go to Enscape materials on that texture, then on top you should see a second tab, where you can then import a video file, then just put this texture on a plane, maybe even make the plane it's own group for easy handling, then put it where needed.


    I just would have loved if the Animated Textures (and water/ wind) could have kept playing even when keeping the camera (view) stationary. But it's not a train smash.

    I have the latest preview for SketchUp but cannot locate a second tab on top (Only "Type") can you please post a screenshot so I can find it?

    Thanks in advance.

  • I have the latest preview for SketchUp but cannot locate a second tab on top (Only "Type") can you please post a screenshot so I can find it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Yes, sure. First create a Material in Sketchup. Then go to Enscape materials, add a texture (any image you got does not matter) to it, where I marked "1". Then suddenly you will get a new tab where I marked "2", then go there, and change the texture there to a video file.

  • I have found when adding a .mp4, .avi, or .mov file Enscape does not support video alpha channels or transparency, so thus far I have not found a good way to get rid of a background in a video to create fire. Does anyone have a work around?

  • I have found when adding a .mp4, .avi, or .mov file Enscape does not support video alpha channels or transparency, so thus far I have not found a good way to get rid of a background in a video to create fire. Does anyone have a work around?

    This could be a problem, yes. Will still work for enclosed fireplaces in most cases, but not open fire then. I have not tried this yet, but does GIFS work too? Because then it will work if you just convert a movie file to GIF, according to my own knowledge now, have not tried yet. Because obviously PNG works perfect, but we need a moving picture, just acting like a PNG.