Friday, June 8, 2012

Lighting preset beta version

Hi all,


Finally here is my python script "Lighting Preset", it allows you to create presets for your lighting ( All lights, cameras and rendering parameters ), save it to a .xml file, load and share easily from a UI in maya !
Works with maya 2011 - 2012 - 2013


 Version in beta, free for download here :

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To use it, you can either install the shelf in the .zip :

Copy the .mel as well as the .png file in your shelves and icons folder for instance on windows:

C:\Users\userName\Documents\maya\2012-x64\prefs\shelves
C:\Users\userName\Documents\maya\2012-x64\prefs\icons 

You will have a nez shelf "GJ_Tools" with the lighting preset ("lp") icon.


Or dowload the python script and open it with the script editor: Light Preset Python Script

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The script should work on Windows, Mac and Linux, but I cant check version for mac and linux, if someone has a problem just give me a shout, thanks !


Many options available as :

- Save all lights or only selected lights
- Save only rendering parameters
- Save cameras ( Normal cameras only for now )
- Save perspective view in the preset toggle
- Save all presets in the same folder by default to reduce useless manipulations
- Load a preset from an external .xml file
- Create light objects in your scene directly from the .xml preset file
- UI dockable or not
- 3 Presets groups available
- Save preferences in order to keep options setuped as you want, even if you close maya
-...
More help in Help.pdf

Script still in beta, for any problem, drop me an email !
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Version History:

4/08/2012, version 0.4.0:
New option: Save only camera parameters option available when "Save camera param" is ON.

4/08/2012, version 0.3.9:
Minor bug fix: Proper warning message pops when preset is applied to a camera with aim.

25/07/2012, version 0.3.8
Bug fix: Preset file saved with "Only renderer" button works now well on loading.

22/07/2012, version 0.3.6:
New feature: Save / Delete / Edit Preferences file, that saves all options : Folder Path, Only selected, Save perspective, etc. even if you close Maya

21/07/2012, version 0.3.5:
Minor bugs fixed
UI improvements, now 3 groups are available as preset lists, you can rename these groups by a double-clic on the name or by the UI menu.

18/07/2012, version 0.3.0:
MentalRay Sun and Sky now supported
Cameras/ VrayCam can now be saved( See limitations for Vray cam loading)
Options added like: Help => Checking version online, to see if a new version is available or not.
Debug and Warning modes to see more informations during saving, loading and deleting process.
Few bugs fixed.

12/07/2012, version 0.2.5:
MentalRay IBL is now supported
Bug fix: More maya light attributs are now saved
"Display Warning" option added in the UI menu

11/07/2012, version 0.2.0:
Major bug fixed, you don't have to have Vray installed to save a Preset for another renderer.

12/06/2012, version 0.1.0: 
Fix: A proper dialogue pops when you load a renderer preset, asking if you wan to switch to this rendering engine.
Add: "Open preset as text" option in "Presets" menu 

11/06/2012 version 0.1.0:
Fix: "Only Selected Lights" now works fine

09/06/2012 version 0.0.5: 
First release