Import tracks to 3d max

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  1. Normark

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    Is there a script than can export tracks into max?
    I remember in the "old days" I had an import script, is there an updated script for max 2021?
    I have just installed the new exporter from the RF2 update, an wonder how to import Lockdrummond to investigate the track.
    Thanks in advance for any help
     
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    The only Thing that i know and use, is the rFactor 1 GMT2 Importer Script, where you have to convert the rF2 Meshes into rF1 Format, to be able to import them into 3DSMax.
    But all rF2 Shaders get lost by doing that, of course and have to be set manually after the Import.
    That Script works for 3DSMax 2012 and 2017.
    You would have to test if it works with 2021 too.
     
  3. Normark

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    Thanks :)
    I thougt I was the only person that didn´t have an updated script to import tracks to Max.
    I used to do some basic stuf in Bobs Trackbuilder and then import it with the scrips you mention, and that gave mee som decent materials too ( at that time) Nowadays materials are much more sofisticated, but I thought there was an updated script.
     
  4. Woodee

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    It's by design.... so that you can't ordinarily reverse engineer someone's track without their permission.
     
  5. Normark

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    But, Lockdrummond is in the dev/mod folder, how do you take advantage of that if you can´t import the track?

    Funny Woodee, wee joined the forum with 1 day interval in 2010 :)
     
  6. TTM

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    You can start Viewer and load Loch Drummond track from ModDev/Locations folder and then start material editor via browser and then edit used material, so you can see in real time what happens in Viewer when you change values etc. :)
     
  7. Normark

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    Hi TTM
    Thanks :)
    Im shure there wont be working startlights on many RF1 tracks if you couldn´t import them to your own project.
    Otherwise strange they all look the same :)
     
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  8. TTM

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    Of course it would be nice to have 3ds max version also, but i don't know if it will never happen. ...but better this way than nothing.
     
  9. Normark

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    A very god thing is the amount of documentation, earlyer you had to look at a lot of informations all over the web, and lots of them were outdated.
    Im not doing that much modding at the moment, but very interested in the new possibillities and the new exporter to max 2021 which looks interesting.
     
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    You can import the track to 3DSimED and see the properties of every GMT and material.
     
  11. Normark

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    Thanks, I have 3DSimED and i have used it to do conversions of some of my old kart-tracks from rf1 to rf2, very god help.
    There is also material examples in dev-corner on the 397 site that loads into Max 2021, and more dokumentation
    of the online material editor, so think I´m fine :)
     
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    eye! if I'm not mistaken 3dsimed does not have the new materials, so the new track that is in moddev will not be seen correctly.

    Ideally, enter the game normally (dev mode), and then open the material editor, once inside the editor, observe how each new material works.
     
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    Thanks dazzer, its exciting to start modding again after the updated documentation, updated tools for max 2021 and better insigt in the material editor, many interesting hours in front of mee. :)
     
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    A latest version of the 3dsimed contains new rF2 shaders, but program not support dx11, so i don’t see much point to use it with rF2.
     
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    Sorry for the off topic.
    Just to clarify, 3DSimED is useful to modify/correct/add things when you don't have the 3DSMax project.
    The program uses DX9 but supports the DX11 shaders used in rF2.
     
  16. Mike Cantwell

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    The only way to import is to use 3dSimEd, export objects as .3ds files, then import into Max.

    The downside is that only the T1 textures work, so you need to start the shaders again channel by channel.
     
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    Wouldn't it be better to export them as FBX, than a slightly more versatile format in that regard?
     
  18. Normark

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    Thanks Mike (and dazzer)
    I hope I dont have to import anything, I was just wondering if there was a possibility to have a quick glance of the new features in Lock Drummond. I´m working on a local kart-track, so everything have to be scratchmade anyhow :)
     
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    I think they will be providing source files for it so reverse engineering won't be needed?
     
  20. TTM

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    In my opinion there is no need for 3ds max version. You need 3ds max only for modelling, uv mapping and adding shaders/.tga textures to objects and then exporting them to .gmt. You can see material settings etc on material editor and documents how to do everything in developers guide.
     

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