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How to convert to keyframe animation in 3D studio max?

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As the .ive (osg plugin) exporter for 3D studio max does not support exporting i.e. clothing animation or some other special animation styles, I'd need to convert all animations into keuframe animation before exporting them.
I.e. I need to animate a fuse, which in max is done with helpers currently. But what I need is to convert that so that all the geometry changes in the fuse gets keyframed.

How / with which tool I can make keyframe animation from different kind of animations? The tool 7 solution should be able to "record" all the geometry, position or other viusal changes into keyframes even though they would have been made using some specian max-technique
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Greetings,

The only Max tools that I can think of that might work for you is the Compound Object Mesher (Create-Geometry-Compound Objects - Mesher) or the Point Cache modifier which will record vertex animation data to a file. Neither of these generate per vertex keyframes, but perhaps your plugin will recognize the vertex data.

If not, you'll probably need to use Maxscript to achieve this.  Take a look at this link - one of these scripts might meet your needs: http://www.scriptspot.com/search/node/bake
(http://www.scriptspot.org)

Good luck.
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Thanks a lot!
John Burnett's Bake script behind the link you provided, seems like exactly what we were looking for, but it doesn't seem to want to install.

I know a little about MaxScript, but it seems not enough.
It needs 3 other scripts to work (Avguard Extensions, BFDToolsCore  and jbFunctions) and I think I installed them all correctly, except avguard, but someone in scriptspot told me that its already implimented in Max after 2008. But If I try to make a button out of the bake script I get an error message saying "getPixels" can't be found.

I'm running Windows XP 32bit and 3ds Max 2009 32bit, system information is the same as with Seppoo, the guy who asked the original question.
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by:Seppoo
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And actually juhoru is from same room as I am, and the problem is actually the same even we write with different names here..  this just to inform about when we click "accept as solution" it might be answering to juhoru's question too.. I hope I wasn't too unclear :)
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by:Seppoo
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There is still something to find out but we make it a new question.. but this answer lead to right track so here's the points..
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