Craft Animations Craft Director Studio


Craft Director Studio - Windows

Welcome to Craft Animations and Craft Director Studio. This help section will explain all the detail about Craft Director Studio's interface.

›› Windows
› 3ds Max
› Maya
›› Activating the evaluation period for a tool
›› Craft Director Studio's Main Window
› Menu
› Toolbar
› Tool tree list
› Record configuration
› Record control
›› Main Preferences
›› Configure
› Profiles
›› Input settings
› Profiles
›› License Manager

›› Activating the evaluation period for a tool

Follow the steps below to activate the evaluation period of a tool. All tools' evaluation periods are individual so you have 1 week each to test them.

  1. Start Craft Director Studio.
  2. Create a tool.
  3. If there is no valid license for that tool, this window will appear:

    License

    Click evaluate to begin the evaluation period and have the tool created.
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›› Craft Director Studio Main Window

This is the main Craft Director Studio window where all the functions and controls for Craft Director Studio are located.

Craft Director Studio

Menu


menu

Main

main menu

Tool

tool menu

Help
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Toolbar


Toolbar

Create a new tool from the Vehicle category

create vehicle tool Popout menu where you can select a tool from the Vehicle category to be created. Hold down the button to open the popout. After a tool is created it is also placed as a quick button. Hold down again to choose some other tool.
    Alternative ways to add a new vehicle tool
  • Right click in the tool tree list -> New tool -> [desired tool].
  • Main menu -> Create Vehicle tool -> [desired tool].


Create a new tool from the vehicle tool category

create camera tool Popout menu where you can select a tool from the Camera category to be created. Hold down the button to open the popout. After a tool is created it is also placed as a quick button. Hold down again to choose some other tool.
    Alternative ways to add a new camera tool
  • Right click in the tool tree list -> New tool -> [desired tool].
  • Main menu -> Create Camera tool -> [desired tool].


Create a new tool from the accessory tool category

create accessory tool Popout menu where you can select a tool from the Accessories category to be created. Hold down the button to open the popout. After a tool is created it is also placed as a quick button. Hold down again to choose some other tool.
    Alternative ways to add a new accessory tool
  • Right click in the tool tree list -> New tool -> [desired tool].
  • Main menu -> Create Accessory tool -> [desired tool].


Create a new tool from the template tool category

create template Popout menu where you can select a tool from the Template category to be created. Hold down the button to open the popout. After a template is created it is also placed as a quick button. Hold down again to choose some other template.


Create a new group

Creates a group in the tool tree list. (This will not group the tools in the scene, only in the Craft Director Studio's main window).


Configure [selected object]

Opens the Configure window for the selected tool.


Input settings for [selected object]

Opens the Input settings window for the selected tree/tool.


Unplug [selected object]

Unplug selected converts the selected tree/tool's animation into regular key frames and makes it/them completely independent from Craft Director Studio.


Clone [selected tree/tool]

Clone the selected tree/tool, cloning it and its children but not its animation. The clone will be placed in the exactly the same position as its source.


Delete [selected object]

deletw Deletes the selected tree/tool.
    Alternative ways to save
  • Right click in the tool tree list -> Delete


Unplug all objects

Unplug all plug-ins converts all Craft Director Studio object's saved animation into regular key frames and makes the scene completely independent from Craft Director Studio.
This feature is excellent to use before sending a scene to a render farm.
    Alternative way to Unplug all objects
  • Main menu -> Unplug all objects

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Tool tree list


tool tree list

The tool tree list contains all Craft Director Studio tools available in the scene. You can drag tools around to change their order (aesthetic only) and their hierarchy.

Keyframing (on/off)
Keyframing [on], the tool will be keyframed during record/resimulate.
Keyframing [off], will not be keyframed.

Show low poly (on/off)
Low poly [on], shows low poly objects in the scene connected to Craft Director Studio.
Low poly [off], hides them.

Show high poly (on/off)
High poly [on], shows high poly objects in the scene connected to Craft Director Studio.
High poly [off], hides them.

Deleting tools

Select a tool/tree in the tool tree list and click the delete button to delete a tool/tree ( deletw ).

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Record configuration


record config

Auto-expand timeline

By checking Auto-expand timeline the recording will automatically prolong the timeline during animation.

Low poly on record

If this check box is checked then only the dummy models will be used during recording.

Slow-motion factor

Controls the recording speed. Each increment in the slow motion factor will reduce the recording speed by half.

Record control


record control

Record

Starts the recording animation. The animation will be recorded in real-time, so if you're experiencing frame rate issues make sure you're not using too advanced settings on the tools or that you're scene is too high detailed. Hiding objects not crucial to the part you're about to animate is a great way to gain performance.

Resimulation

If configuration settings are changed after a recording has been made, pressing the Resimulate button will update the animation. Resimulate will use the input values from the previous recording and animation will change according to the new attribute values.

›› Main Preferences

main preferences

Recording
Start countdown time - Use this to set a countdown time until record. This makes it easier for the user to be able to grasp the input device before the actual animation recording starts.

General

Silent mode - Suppresses error messages.

Always on top - If checked the windows and dialogs of Craft Director Studio is always on top.

Licenses
Verify licenses on startup - This is not recommended when using floating licenses.

Host application specific settings

Use dynamic meshes - Makes the tools read the dependent meshes on each frame. This is needed for example if you have a 4-Wheeler driving on an animated ground. Performance will decrease if turned on.

Use optimized transform controller (only in 3ds Max) - If the checkbox is checked the Craft Director Studio system will use its own animation recording system for keyframes. If turned off the performance will decrease.

Convert all controllers to default PRS controller (only in 3ds Max) - Converts the keyframes created by Craft Director Studio's motion controller to regular PRS controllers so that it is possible to manually edit the keyframes.

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›› Configure

Change the settings on the selected tool by clicking on the Configure button in the Craft Director Studio window.

Configure

Edit a value
Edit a value by clicking on it and typing in the desired value. It is also possible to click and drag with the mouse to change a value. It is possible to change a value much faster while click+dragging. To change a value 10x faster you are able to use Ctrl or Shift. To change a value 100x faster use Ctrl and Shift. To cancel a change during click drag you right-click.

Reset to the default value
You are always able to get the default value of an property by right-clicking on the spinner of that value (right-click the small up/down arrows next to the value).

Configure Profiles

Profiles are designed to save and load specific configurations. The Start Profile is the profile which is loaded automatically when a new tool has been created.

Load profile
current profile
This drop down box displays the currently loaded profile. If you switch to some other profile in the list it will automatically be loaded.

New Profile

new profile Creates a new profile and copies the Factory settings profile in to the new one.

Save Profile

new profile Saves the active profile with its changes.

Save Profile As...

new profile Save the current configuration to a new profile.

Rename Profile

new profile Rename the current profile.

Delete Profile

new profile Deletes the current profile.

Import Profile

new profile Gives the user the possibility to import configuration profiles from a file.

Export Profile

new profile Exports the current configuration to a file.


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›› Input settings

Select the tool you wish to change controls for. Click on Input settings button in the Tool bar in Craft Director Studio's main window to open the Input settings window.
Input Settings

How to configure an input
input

Adjust a desired control by clicking on its Detect button and then press/move the desired controller. It is also possible to change the controller manually by selecting input device and button. Use the Clear button to clear the settings.

Input device
This drop down allows you to choose the input device that is going to be used by the input.

Button
This drop down allows you to choose the button desired for the selected device.

Detect
The easiest method to configure the input setting is to use the automatic function that recognizes which device is being used. Click the Detect button in the settings for that particular movement. In order to set the control properly, move the axis on the controller in the direction indicated by the first word in the parenthesis or press the desired button. This prevents the control to steer backwards. Click Ok to confirm the detected device.

Advanced
This button will open a new window where it is possible to change the input's output value.
advanced input settings

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Input Profiles

Profiles are designed to save and load specific configurations. The default profile is the profile which is loaded automatically once a new tool has been created.

How to load a input profile
load input profile
You load an input profile by first selecting the desired profile in the profile list and then clicking the Load Profile button. You are also able to load a profile by double clicking it in the profile list.

How to save an input profile
load input profile

A. Save over active profile:
You save the active profile and its recent changes by clicking the Save Profile button.

load input profile

B. Save active setting over old profile:
You save over an old input profile by first selecting the desired profile in the profile list and then by clicking the Save Profile button.

load input profile

C. Save active setting as a new profile:
You save the active input profile as a new profile by clicking the Save Profile As... button.

New Profile

new profile Creates a new profile and copies the Start Profile settings in to the new one.

Save Profile

new profile Saves the active profile with its changes.

Save Profile As...

new profile Save the current input setting to a new profile.

Rename Profile

new profile Rename the selected profile.

Delete Profile

new profile Deletes the selected profile.

Import Profile

new profile Gives the user the possibility to import input profiles from a file.

Export Profile

new profile Exports the current configuration to a file. If a profile is selected in the profile list this will be exported to the file.


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›› License Manager

In the License Manager you are able to see information about, refresh and activate licenses.
Click on the License Manager... via the Main menu to open the License Manager.

license manager

Your HardwareID
This text box displays one of your HardwareID. It is also known as MAC address.

Activate
Use this text box to enter your product activation code and the button to activate the license. If the activation code is accepted the product will start working immediately.

Import license file
Use this function to browse and import a license file.

Online activation
If the computer is behind a firewall that stops Craft Director Studio from activating products from the license manager it is possible to use the online activation form. When an activation code is entered correct you will be prompted for download of an installation file. This installation file will install the license into the correct folder on your computer automatically.

Status
Displays the current status of the license. Please note that if "Verify licenses on startup" in Craft Director Studio's preferences is unchecked, the status for the licenses will not have been updates. Click "Refresh all licenses" to update the status of all licenses.

Valid for
Permanent means that the license will never expire.
If the license is time constrained then you will be presented with the remaining length of the license.
Expired means that the evaluation period is over and/or that the length of a time constrained license has expired.

Upgradable until version
This means that you can update Craft Director Studio and your license for that product will still be valid. If you upgrade Craft Director Studio to a version number that is higher than your license then that license will not be valid. You can then get an Up2Date subscription for that license to extend its version validity.

Refresh license
Use this button to update the status of a license.

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