Meshes

 

A character in the Mesh Mode. Selected meshes are colored red

This mode hides all parts of the character rig and leaves visible only meshes - 3d objects used to represent a character in the scene. Every character is made of one or several meshes that can be deformed by adjusting the rig attached to them.

Meshes can be selected by clicking them with the , like any other scene object. Selected meshed are colored red in the Viewport.

Rendering Modes

Meshes can be rendered in two different ways: the Shaded Meshes mode and the Wireframe Meshes mode.

The Shaded Meshes mode (left), the Wireframe Meshes mode (middle) and a combination of the two (right)

Mesh rendering modes are enabled and disabled from the Visible menu. Both modes can be enabled (or disabled) at the same time.

The color of the meshes can be set in the Settings window (available through the Settings menu).

Textures

A Texture is a 2D image that is applied to a Mesh to simulate color scheme of the object surface and the fine details on it.

Textures can be controlled with two buttons on the Toolbar:

1. Bind Texture applies a texture to the selected mesh.

Supported file fomats are: .png.tga.bmp and .jpg

2. Unbind Texture removes the texture previously applied to the selected mesh.

Mesh Settings

A specific set of settings is available for Meshes in the Outliner window.

Fbx Export

This set of options controls how Joints and Meshes are exported to the FBX format.

Rotation order

This parameter sets the rotation order used for the selected object.

When you export your animation, custom rotation order might be necessary to bypass the gimbal lock problem. This problem does not occur in Cascadeur itself because instead of Euler angles it uses quaternions for calculating rotations.

The rotation order is set using a numerical value:

  • 0 - XYZ
  • 2 - YZX
  • 4 - ZXY
  • 1 - XZY
  • 3 - YXZ
  • 5 - ZYX

Is_exported

If this is enabled, the object is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the object is ignored during export.

Is_exported_to_animation

If this is enabled, any animation data associated with the object is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the object is exported without animation.

Ignore_namespace

Enable this option to remove namespaces during export. For example, a joint named 1:forearm_l will be exported as forearm_l.

When animation is imported, the names of the objects from the FBX file are compared with the names of the scene objects without namespaces.

Creating Meshes

Cascadeur also includes basic options for creating meshes. Currently, there are two types of meshes you can create: planes and cubes.

  • To create a plane, select Add plane from the Objects menu
  • To create a cube, select Add cube from the same menu

These additional meshes are generally used to outline the scene environment, but they can be parented to Joints and rigged just as well.

 

See Also

Selecting Objects

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