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Sharing .moho files

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 12:16 am
by jorgy
Would anybody like to share some of the .moho files from their entries?

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:00 am
by Nolan Scott
Of course , you can download the file from my entry "Walk in the Park"


Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 6:43 am
by jorgy
Thanks Nolan! What kind of hardware did you use while creating your animation? How long did it take to render? Just doing an ALT-R on my system for a single frame seems to take forever!

Thanks! There's tons of stuff there to dissect and see how you did things.

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:07 am
by Nolan Scott
Using an iMac G4 with 700MH.
Yes, rendering was fairly slow. Everything in one file one couldn't
expect otherwise. I let the computer do an overnight shift.

Maybe you save the layers as separate .moho files -
that might help to reduce your render-time.


Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:46 pm
by jorgy
I understand about breaking down your amination into smaller chunks "time-wise". But I'm not sure about breaking it out into separate layers. Actually, I see how you could do that, but then how would you put it all back together again?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:09 am
by Nolan Scott
1. Make a copy of the file.

2. Open the copy - open the Group-Layer "Foreground".
Take out all the files - delete the empty "Foreground" Group-Layer.
Save the file.

3. Open a new Moho-window - go to File - Import - Moho Object -
Open that file you just saved.
Insert Object window should open now.
Choose your desired file and save it.

4. You can try to put it all together again - thats your creativity.
You still have the original file as reference.


Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:40 am
by jorgy
But would I have to have another program besides moho to "composte" (not sure if that's the right word) it together into the scene? Using your example, I'd have a foreground, and maybe a background, and other "layers". How would they get "put back together"?

Thanks for your replies.

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:03 pm
by nobudget
There are two basic methods of combining animations in Moho.

First is to import a group (for instance a character) from another Moho file to your current Moho file. For instance, you design three characters in three Moho files. In the fourth Moho file you import the three characters. So you are basically assembling buidling blocks of animation. Very useful to build libraries of characters and create scenes. They can be changed in the new file like any other Moho layer.

The second is more the compositing you'd do in video editors. Recently I created an animation with two characters talking. I designed and animated the heads in two different Moho projects and rendered them to Quicktime with Alpha channel (Millions+ setting). I imported those as Image Layers in a new scene that had the bodies of the characters. It looks a lot like the first method but you can't change the head animations anymore. That's a drawback but you also do not have to think about those prepared pieces of the animation so you can concentrate on the rest. And it saves time on rendering.

Hope that helps,


Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:29 pm
by LittleFenris
[quote="Nolan Scott"]Of course , you can download the files from my entry "Walk in the Park"

I downloaded that file from your site and Moho is giving me an error. It says: "Read error at line 51090. In code file D:\lm_tree\lib_moho\m_mesh.cpp, line 143."

Any ideas? I'd like to disect other peoples projects and see how they work.


Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:46 am
by Nolan Scott
Hi LittleFenris,

Sorry to hear that.
I just downloaded the file myself and all worked well.
At the moment I have no idea what the problem is.

If I find something out I will let you know.


Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:33 am
by Lost Marble
When I download the file, I get an error at line 66821. It seems that the Moho file is getting truncated during download. The web page says it should be 7.4MB, but my downloaded file is only 952KB. It got cut off - that's why Moho is unable to open it.

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:26 am
by Nolan Scott
Sorry about all this - when I download with Speed Download 3
the filesize is 8.6 MB -after Stuffit works it way through the binhex.hqx file the size returns to 7.4 MB - and opens OK in Moho.
I put the file " walk in the park.moho" on a different page now -