So far, in my travels with Carrara, materials importing in from both Poser-friendly and Daz Studio-friendly products come into Carrara look like garbage when rendered. Is there a script, or other tool, that anyone has come up with for quick fixes?
Could you elaborate a bit more, maybe with a couple of example renders and the products used. Some stuff, especially the complex shaders from DS and Poser, can come in a bit off (or really off), but usually it isn’t as big of a problem as you seem to be having. One general rule of thumb is to use the “simplest” version of the materials available. If there is a P4 version or a version that states something to the effect of “no shaders”, use that/those. If given some pictures to work from, most people here will be able to send you in the right direction.
In fact, so far, I’ve found that most “material poses” (in the pose folders) I’ve tried apply at all from eithe Poser or Daz Studio format. In the case of a Daz Studio friendly character I have, the skin textures doesn’t even appeared to have applied to the right material zones, when it did work.
This sounds like your using a texture set with one UV mapping, and a character with a different one. This is one of the new features that comes with Genesis, but also one of the new frustrations for new users, especially those who don’t us DS. With DS you can change the UV maps “on the fly”, but with Carrara you can’t. Here is a link to a thread where Tim_A was having a similar issue with Stephanie 6. http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44586/ My response there may help, if not let me know and I’ll try to make things a bit clearer.
Basically, you will need to use DS to create a character preset with the proper uv mapping in DS, then you will be able to use the texture set with the alternate UV’s. Here is another thread addressing the same issue that may be more useful: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28023/
I know there are rarely “quick” fixes for things in life, but really… I have better things to do than apply materials to each and every material zone for every single thing I bring into Carrara… I picked this program up because I thought it could use Poser content fairly well. Luckily, I didn’t pay much for it between the big discount gimmick Daz recently had going and my PC coupon… And even if I never work with this app again, I did get a couple of Poser-friendly hair products with the bundle, but… *sigh*
As mentioned above, Fenric does have a plugin that will help a lot!! Shader Doctor will fix a lot of the common materials/shader import issues with one simple click. Since he has a free, fully functional trial, this should give you a chance to see if it will fix some of your problems. I just recently got it, because editing the shaders wasn’t a real big deal for me, until I tried using one of StoneMasons big scenes, with over 100 shaders that needed to be fixed. His plugin took all the grief out of that process for me!
I feel your frustration, and actually as much as I hate to say this, it will probably continue for a while. Your actually being hit with learning three rather confusing things for new users - all at once. After you get past the learning curve, if you can last that long, it should get much easier and less frustrating.
First, your learning Carrara, which is designed more as a 3D swiss army knife, and is not designed to make using content as simple as DS or Poser (an unfortunate reality - it should do a bit better, but once you learn the in’s and out’s, it really does get much easier).
Second, Your learning to use Genesis at the same time. While this isn’t as big of a deal as learning Carrara, it can still be rather frustrating in the begining, because it is a fair bit different in many ways than V4, M4, etc.
Third, your leaning to use Genesis in Carrara, so this is adding significantly to your levels of frustration. It makes if extremely difficult for new users to know exactly what might be going on when something goes wrong. No doubt you have no idea what to do, or what might be causing the problem, which is never a good experience.
You also have another little issue that makes life even more unpleasant at the moment. As a Poser user, your getting hit with trying to learn terms/concepts that are a part of the DS/Genesis user experience/vocabulary (as well as Carrara). So you have every right t feel frustrated, and a bit at your wits end!!
I wish I could be “here” more to help walk you through some of these issues, but my schedule has gotten a bit more crowded. But, if you hang in there, I’ll try to help you through the learning curve as best I can.
Oh, I’m still working on an easier fix for the poke through issues, there has to be one, it’s just stumbling onto the magic key can sometimes take a while.