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I am trying to import a sequence of PLY meshes, but I could not find any full explanation on how to do it. This questions seems to have tackled the same problem, but the answer is not too detailed so I cannot reproduce it. Could somebody provide me with the full details on how to do it please?

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  • $\begingroup$ You might also try the Blender add-on Stop Motion OBJ. It supports sequences of .PLY, .OBJ, and .STL files. It also supports geometry with different vertex counts from frame to frame. $\endgroup$ – Justin May 15 '17 at 20:45
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Blender supports only a handful of mesh formats as sequences, .mdd, .pc2, and in test builds, alembic (.abc). This is done using the "mesh cache" modifier. If you have an external tool that can convert/re-export the sequence to one of these formats, that's your best bet.

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This script turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. It basically loads and renders one PLY at the time, therefore you can even use a per-frame texture. Downside is that you can not previsualize the meshes as you browse through the timeline, but it did the job for me.

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