OK. Say, I have the application for each aniMATE pack. Which I have many of them. Where would I open them to first? Then, does the importer go into Poser or Daz? I also have many of the BVH files that I had gotten many years ago. Will they work in Poser? Or do they need to be converted some how into something else? I know they needed to be imported into Daz and something done to them, to work in Daz. But, I never did that. I just saved them in a folder on external hard drive.
The Animate importer is a Python script and needs to be installed in Poser (mine is in the scripts menu for easy access). The aniblocks can be wherever you want. The default would be a folder called “aniblocks” located in a DAZ Studio content folder, but you can move it elsewhere.
Each aniblock is a .gfa file, those are the ones you load into Poser via the importer. This brings up another good reason to have Studio around: You have no preview of the animation contained in an aniblock outside of DS.
The basic workflow is:
- Load Figure you want to use into Poser
- Start the importer script and point it to the aniblock .gfa file you want to load.
- If the there not enough frames defined for the block you choose you get an error that tells you to increase the frame number to a certain minimum value. Do that and try again.
- That’s it. The animation should now be in Poser.
- If you want to import multiple blocks for the figure, it is best to import them into separate animation layers in poser for easier blending
BVH files can be loaded directly into Poser, but depending on the source they might require significant editing and tweaking to look good. Can all be done in Poser.