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Hi, Could someone please help me find out where to get good information and tutorials on creating bone animation using .3ds files in Opengl, such as skeleton animation and how to import all the information from a .3ds (3ds max studio) file using Opengl? Please help! Thank you.

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You may want to take a look at the Cal3D library.

Trust me when I say that I'll be easier for you to understand and implement this library than to learn skeletal animation and write a library by yourself.

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I'm actually looking to create my own code for importing 3d model, mesh and bone animation files from programs like 3ds max studio or lightwave and implementing them inside my game engine. I really want to learn how to import bone animation from files like .3ds or any other 3d model files using c++ (opengl) programming. Please help me in getting this information so that i could develop my own library files in bone animation using c++ and opengl, i definitely understand that this is very complex but i'm willing to do everything i can to create my own bone animation code files in c++?

Please guide me in the correct direction, i hope i could get source codes, tutorials and reference files in importing and rendering 3d model bone animated files in opengl?

Thanks a bunch!

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.3ds doesnt support bone animation. It only supports keyframe. You are better off with a modern file format such as .x or your own for games.
For other tye of software, COLLADA.

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i apologize about that, yes i would be creating my own file format by exporting one from a 3ds max studio software, is there some resource or tutorials on how to import my own bone animated character file and render them correctly?

Not sure if you heard of gametutorials.com but they do have some bone animation tutorials using 3ds max studio in exporting a bone animated character and being able to import all the values from a files and rendering it for games?

Please let me know where i would be able to find resource regarding this method?

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*sigh*

Basic_Bones_System

3DS Max file formats

Data formats

You should export your model/skeleton/animation from 3D Max in some format that you can parse later in your program. Cal3D format is in XML (one of the easiest to parse) but sadly, there already exists a parser for that format and a library that will play any animation with any graphical library (read OpenGL/Direct3D) so you won't be able to write it yourself.

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Thanks for all the information, this will definitely help me out. Also, do you have the link to (read OpenGL/Direct3D)?

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