It’ll depend on the rig you’re using. Some rigs will have a pre-built group to middle click when enveloping (which will automatically select all the deformers). Once it is enveloped, the mesh should no longer be able to move, as the skeleton controls now it. Again, it depends on the rig but when you’re using the default ones you usually just can’t grab a bone and rotate it unless it is set to use forward kinematics. Instead there should be a bunch of implicit control objects floating around the rig to grab and move instead.
Ah right, I think I get it now! :L
Thanks for you help!
Hmm, I’m still having problems, I’m trying to make animations for a combine NPC.
I am using the reference.smd and a male rig (I tried Biped but there were alot of errors! :L)
About these floating objects, are you referring to the likes of these:
If at all possible I’d avoid using the .smd files. Source SDK and Modtools include a handful of the XSI scene files to use to create/replace the .smds instead. Do you have the Police.emdl file for the Combine? This will load the combine soldier already rigged and weighted for animation.
Well when I decompiled the police.mdl, I could not find an emdl file, I’ll take another look, perhaps I have overlooked it!
Don’t decompile it. When a model gets compiled, vertex information gets stored to other files using one of Valve’s proprietary formats, which means you’d have to re-rig it. The XSI files used to create the .smds in the first place are already provided by Valve/Softimage. If you can not find the .emdl with your modtool installation, I can send you the model itself.
Sorry I took so long to get back to you, my connection can be very bad at times! :L
I knew I was doing something wrong!
Thank you very much for your offer but I hope to learn how to do this so I don’t have to plague the good people of these forums with any pointless topics/posts! If you could give me a point in the right direction as to where I can find these emdl. files I should be sorted! However if all goes to fail,(which it most likely will :L), I would be very grateful if I could take you up on your offer but as I said I wish to see can I get the hang of this little problem first!
Thank you again for your patience!
Also, I noticed in the early version I used of the Mod Tool (6.01 I think) I could open up scenes with the models already enveloped but with this new version (7.5) the scenes are not present in the start up menu.....are these the emdl files that you are referring to?
Those are the ones. They used to be found in:
But the 7.5 Modtool Database doesn’t seem to have them. If you still have v6 installed though you should be good.