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Cycles Render Vers- 2.79

I need to use a reference clip for the final action of my animation, but that action starts at frame 720, and the reference clip ends at frame 300. How do i get the reference clip to start at a desired key frame on the timeline?

Thank you.

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  • $\begingroup$ If I understand the question, you've got a set of animation keyframes for the model in the dopesheet already at frame 1? If so is there any reason you can't simply slide them as a whole, up to frame 720? $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ I dont know if that would solve my issue, if im understanding you. I would have to figure out how to get my reference animation to start at frame 1440, then. The reference clip and animations would start at frame 720 instead of frame 1. $\endgroup$ – PHEN0MEN4L Apr 29 '19 at 0:10
  • $\begingroup$ Er - frame 1440? Like 720 x 2? $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 0:13
  • $\begingroup$ Tell me, is the ref clip in the Action Editor or NLA by any chance? $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 0:16
  • $\begingroup$ Im sorry im still very new at this. What is NLA? The reference clip is in the background images $\endgroup$ – PHEN0MEN4L Apr 29 '19 at 0:20
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Texturing a plane with a video/image- For a Background Image see Edit below...

I'm using vers 2.77a here so 2.79 might be a little different. Here goes -

Select your model first in the 3D window.

At the extreme right are the 'Properties panels'. The one with a small brown sphere is the "Material properties panel" Click on that.

Go to the Texture properties next. That's shown as a tiny coloured checkerboard of sorts. Click on that.

Go down to the "Image" tab and open that.

Down near the bottom is a tick-box called "Auto Refresh". Make sure that's ticked to make the video play.

At the left of that is a pair of slots - "Start & Offset".

Click in the "Start slot and enter the Blender timeline frame-number that you want the video to commence playing from.

The Offset slot points to the frame number within the video-clip itself that it's to treat as it's first frame. (like pulling a tape or film strip through a player and starting from there)


EDIT 27th April 2019 - re Movie clip as a Background Image -

The same applies in the bkd image's panel.

Press N to open up the Viewport's properties. Scroll down to the "Background Image" tab and open that. Click on the image folder icon to open your movie.

In there you'll see the same tick-boxes and entry slots as mentioned above.

You'll notice the "Opacity" slider is set at half by default. Wind it up to 100% for full opacity.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I was able to finish my animation, thanks to your help. $\endgroup$ – PHEN0MEN4L Apr 29 '19 at 5:08
  • $\begingroup$ That's good news. In the interim and away from the computer it dawned on me that you were using a background image, not texturing a plane as I guessed when looking at your pics. (appearing to be subdivided planes and actors texturing those. Fortunately the same tick boxes would be in the Bkd Image panel so I guess you would have found those ok. You got there, that's the main thing. I was wondering, do you think we should delete all 'dem comments above? They'd sure make a good comedy script! lol Exercise in communication! $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 7:35
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Leander, you're quick! I can see that in your link, trying to figure out how to bring it up. Will go back into Edit mode and see what I can find. -- Back again but cannot see anything re 'Side by side'. $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 7:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Leander , Found what you referring to. I'm a little puzzled. The two texts need a divider line for sure. I'll read up a Stack Exchange link I saved yonks ago, re formatting. Can't see anything like that in the shortcuts at the top of the edit box. $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 8:17
  • $\begingroup$ Sorted it out @Leander. My eyes are nowhere near what they used to be and I use the Windows' black screen with yellow text, high contrast so I can read what's there. Your edit even with side by side didn't show. I've added a ruler line but it's so faint when viewed with the normal Windows setup, it's all but invisible, to my peepers at least. A short divider as I've been using draws attention to the division and doesn't go right across so it doesn't appear to be a separate answer. So, I can't use that style anymore? $\endgroup$ – Edgel3D Apr 29 '19 at 8:31

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