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Old 27-08-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hi i have a project...a character that i have built...and i want to use a skeleton from another project...how do i copy and past...or export and then import...i guess im asking what is the best way to bring something from one file into another...
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Old 27-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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I would guess Import the file you want into the scene, but.. I don't really know!

Good luck anyways. You can try my suggestion, but save before you try it. If it doesn't work.. eh... then you have a saved copy!
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Old 28-08-2008, 12:42 AM   #3
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You can import do the export, import thing (from the file menu), but if its just a skeleton you can select the root joint and copy (ctrl c) open your other scene, and paste (ctrl v) in there.

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the only thing with copy pasting or importing is that the things you get have funky prefixes attached to them

copy pasted stuff have a long annoying "copy_pasted_" prefix, not exactly helpful and it takes forever to get rid of it all, unless you really don't care
if there's a way to mass delete an affix from names then i would like to know...

importing will just attach the scene file's name as a prefix, so it's a lot more helpful than "copy_paste_" prefix since you know where you got the stuff from
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ahh I would assume that if there is any way to get rid of the prefix/suffix added, it would be through some script of some sort. It'd probably involve substrings and arrays. I don't know anything at all about Mel, but if it can do that, then thats what the general program would be about.

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despite me saying so in my sig, i dont actually know enough about MEL or Python (yet) to know how scripting languages differ from non-scripting languages, but yeah, i'd imagine it would have some kinda substring operation in there somewhere
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I wondered about that as well, so I imported it as a group, select the group node (in the Outliner or whatever) then on to Modify>Prefix Hierarchy Names, left it as prefix and then poof, the group now has 'prefix' in its name but the 'xxxx' prefix is gone from everything in the group, then you can rename the group or destroy it. If there is another way of doing this I'd like to know lol (I thought thats why the 'Search and replace' thingy was for).
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:mg: i never knew such menu item existed.... that helps a lot
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Ok so this thread isn't new but I stumbled ass backwards into something else about renaming , maybe it'll help somebody. Select the objects and use the input field, choose rename then enter a name for the objects.
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