Blender to dpm, a mini tutorial

Pre-required tools and reading

Blender work flow

  • Select your mesh and armature, export as smd. select Static Mesh. You only need to re-export this smd if the mesh or the rig change.
  • Now export as Animation Sequence. Preferably you have one track (and smd file) per animation. name it so you know what it is (modelname_attack1.smd for example).
  • You could possibly use the "Animation Sequence ( ALL )" or "All..." options, but I haven't tried so i cant say if it works.

dpmodel work flow

  • dpmodel needs and a text file telling it how to bake the mesh and animation(s) into a dpm. This text file should look something like:
# save the model as model.dpm
model model
# move the model this much before saving
origin 0 0 0
# rotate the model 90 degrees around vertical
rotate 90
# scale the model by this amount, 0.5 would be half size and 2.0 would be double size
scale 1
# load the mesh file, this is stored into the dpm as frame 0
scene model.smd
# Each following (if any) smd's are animations
scene model_action1.smd fps 30
scene model_action2.smd fps 30
  • Place all smd's and the text file in the same place, execute "dpmodel whatever_you_named_that_text_file". If all goes well you should now have a working dpm (and .framegroups file if its animated)

Caveats:

  • Your mesh needs to have a material assigned to it. The name of the material is what dp will look for to use as texture/shader on the model/mesh/es.
  • Blender exports what you got selected. make sure you have the relevant (and only the relevant) objects selected.
  • If export script fail with a encoding error, open it in a text editor and remove the whole top comment block (lines starting with #). There's an illegal character in there according to pyton. I haven't bothered to check closer witch one it could be.