Want to watch TV? Want to change the
Channel? You mean you want a TV that actually can turn on and off and
change the channels? Ok, I guess that�s not too much to ask for. In this
lesson you will learn about perform commands to turn visibility on or
off for objects.
In this tutorial you will learn how to switch TV channels simply by using Visible Clips. To make it work, just set the target image plane visible, and let all others remain invisible.
illustration above, you can create as many images planes and attach the images
planes (child nodes) to the TV (parent node).
Create the TV with Switch Channels in iClone
In iClone, you can use a single texture to simulate the animated texturing effect as the image follows.
- Create two animated textures.
Please refer to
Animated Texture Online Help for more information about how to create
Animated Texture. Animated texture ini samples are located
iClone Template > Texture > Animated.
- In iClone, import a plane from 3D Blocks. Have the
plane in selection and rename the plane "TVChannel01".
- Position the plane and load the material of the
animated texture "TVChannel01_0_Diffuse" for the Diffuse
- Add another plane and rename it "TVChannel02".
Position the plane and load the material of the
animated texture "TVChannel02_0_Diffuse".
- Drag a TV into the scene. Resize and position the image to the
TV. Click "Pick Parent" in the attached section, and then select TV.
both TVChannel01 and TVChannel02 are the child nodes of the TV
Please make sure you run this project under PixelShader mode so that you can see the animated texturing effect.
Set Switch Channels in AML Scripting
Perform Command and click "Add".
- Rename the command "TVChannel01".
the Right Menu enabled assign the hotkey "Perform1".
- Add a visible clip to TVChannel01
command. Rename it "TVChannel01-on".
- Set the
attributes for the selected visible clip. Target Type: object. Target Node:
$.TVChannel01, where "$" represents the parent "TV" and
TVChannel01 represents the child which will be controlled by this command.
To turn on the visibility of the animated texture check visible.
- Add a
new visible clip to TVChannel01 to set channel visibility OFF. Rename
the clip to "TVChannel01-off". Since we want TVChannel01 to turn off
and turn on TVChannel02 (simulating changing channels from channel 01 to
channel 02), we have to change target node to "$.TVChannel02".
the steps above to add a TVChannel02 command and two
visible clips. Assign hot key "Perform2" to this command. This
time, set TVChannel02's visibility ON and TVChannel01's visibility
- Add a new Perform Command to set all the channels
OFF. Rename it "Turn Off". Assign hot key "Perform3".
- Add two visible clips to the command. Set one
TVChannel01-off and one TVChannel02-off.
- Set target node: $.TVChannel01 and
off both visible. This will cause both animated textures to be invisible and
only the texture of the �off� TV screen will remain, simulating that the TV
has been shut off.
Here is the
end to this tutorial. You may apply this concept to any other things for you to
switch between textures or when you wish to turn on or off lights. The thing to
remember is, when one animated texture is visible; make sure the other is