The Alembic format is used in production pipelines involving many of the top 3D modeling/animation applications. With this exporter plugin for DAZ Studio you gain the ability to move small to large file assets, as well as “Vertex Exact” animations, from DAZ Studio to your favorite 3D modeling/animation applications.
This document will guide you, step by step, through installing and exporting using the Alembic Exporter.
In order to use the Alembic Exporter for DAZ Studio, you need to have DAZ Studio 188.8.131.52 or newer installed on your system. You should have a good working knowledge of DAZ Studio and be comfortable with exporting. You will need to have a working knowledge of your target 3D modeling/animation application, as we do not cover the import process of the target application here. Please see the respective importer documentation for further help in this regard.
It is recommended that you use DAZ Install Manager to install Alembic Exporter for DAZ Studio. This will ensure that the plugin files are dropped into the proper locations within the DAZ Studio folder/file structure.
Once installed, you should see “Alembic (*.abc)” as a new option in the list of available formats in the Export File dialog.
The following steps will walk you through the entire process. At the end, we have included a few notes and usage tips.
The first thing you need to do is open DAZ Studio and load or create a scene. This can consist of a single static figure or a complete scene with animation. The Alembic Exporter is capable of working with very large files, so you are not limited in size.
Next we want to export our scene using the Alembic export option.
For LightWave 11.6.1 you must make sure the Preserve SubDivision Surfaces box is left unchecked. If you leave it checked, no geometry will be imported.
Now, you are ready to import into any program that imports the Alembic format. Please refer to your chosen application's documentation for import options and instruction.
Here are some things things to remember when choosing the Alembic export option:
This document is intended to help you through the basics of exporting one of the top new formats used in production pipelines involving the leading 3D modeling/animation applications on the market. We hope that providing new cutting edge options will allow you to use DAZ Studio more readily and easily in your pipeline.