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Null object issues with Element 3D

PostPosted: 11/30/2019, 10:38 pm
by ChadsWest
I’m having a issue with a project I’m working on trying to attach null objects to models.
There are lots of issues I’m trying to fix but the big one is attaching a spot light to the front of the train using a null object and smoke to the top of the train.

https://youtu.be/rvJLG3BkpJs

I created a null using element 3D but as you can see somethings majorly wrong. I know there are key frame issues and it’s very rough( (try not to laugh, I’m new at this). But the null objects are the biggest issue...

Thanks in advance!!!

Re: Null object issues with Element 3D

PostPosted: 12/2/2019, 11:36 pm
by JPT7505
Can you detail the process in which you created the null, step by step?

I'm assuming you created the null however element typically creates it in the center of the model. You have to relocate it to the exact location you need it to be.

Re: Null object issues with Element 3D

PostPosted: 12/3/2019, 5:38 am
by ChadsWest
I made the environment and train using element 3D and made a null to control the train. Then under the utilities in Element 3D created a 3D position and generated a nul at the front of the train for the light source and copied the train nul position and pasted it on the nul for the front of the train.

The video is a little hard to understand as there are a lot of problems with it some of which I have already fixed. There’s a issue with a extra key frame for the train position but the light source is still anywhere but the front of the train where I put the nul. Also the POI where the spot is pointed is a separate issue. Getting the nul positions attached to the train in specific areas and having them follow the train is the main issue that I’m having a problem with. I followed one of the videos by video copilot where he did the same thing with a missile but I’m clearly doing something wrong...

Re: Null object issues with Element 3D

PostPosted: 12/11/2019, 9:35 am
by ender772
you are using the group nulls right...and not just a regular null ?