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Knuckles
January 5th, 2005, 08:55
Ok, many people asked me how to dump stuff and how to import it in UnrealED for UT. Here's a detailed

tutorial for everyone interested.

What is needed first for this tutorial :
-PJ64 or 1964 for icepir8's TR64 OpenGL plugin (http://www.emutalk.net/showthread.php?t=18145) (and an OpenGL capable video card)
-1964 for Lemmy's Nemu64 GFX plugin (http://www.emutalk.net/showpost.php?p=207626&postcount=7) (and a pixel shader capable video card)
-3D studio Max 5 or 6 ( I use the 5)
-Some basic 3DS knowledge
-MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop 7 (maybe some others versions)
-UT2k3 or UT2k4 retail version with unrealED 3.0
-Some UnrealED knowledge
-A brain

ok, let's start:

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FIRST PART - VRML EXPORT AND TEXTURES DUMPING
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VRML export and textures dumping with Icepir8's TR64 OpenGL video plugin

What you need:
-PJ64 or 1964 with the latest (0.8.8) version of the plugin installed
-At least 1 game (rom) compatible with the emu/video plugin (don't ask me where to get them!)

BASIC:
this plugin is quite fast at exporting but doesn't dump correctly both the vrml and the textures, I

suggest the use of Lemmy's plugin but if you can't get it to work(PC/game compat.) , just follow this:

1st: Create a Folder called TILES into your emulator main directory
2nd: Start your emulator and go in the configuration and select icepir8's GFX plugin
3rd: Start the game you want to dump stuff from (I'll take Mario 64 for this tutorial)


VRML EXPORTING:
4th: Go at the place you want to dump (I'll take the outside of the Castle)
5th: Open the GFX plugin config dialog and check the "Enable VRML Output" option then click "OK"
6th: Wait a little (depends of your speed) until you see the game moving back.
7th: Go back in the config and uncheck the "Enable VRML Output" option then click "OK".
8th: The vrml created will be in your main emulator directory using the name of the game with the .wrl extension (in this case, SUPER MARIO 64.wrl)


TEXTURES DUMPING:
The plugin dumps the textures as they are loaded in the video memory of the plugin, which mean it won't dump what you see but what is loaded.
4th: Open the GFX plugin config dialog BEFORE accessing the part you want to get textures of and check the "Enable Textures Dumping" option then click "OK"
NOTE: if the emu crashed, it means that you didn't follow the 1st step
5th: Freely walk around into the desired places you want the textures of
6th: When you're done, get back in the GFX config and uncheck the "Enable Textures Dumping" option then click "OK"
7th: You will find all the textures with their RBG and Alpha in bitmap format (.bmp) and their info file (.txt) (you can delete the .txt files) in the TILES folder you created

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VRML export and textures dumping with Lemmy's GFX plugin

What you need:
-1964 with the Lemmy's latest version of his Nemu64 GFX plugin (go in the Nemu64 forum)
-At least 1 game (rom) compatible with the emu/video plugin (don't ask me where to get them!)

This is the best plugin you can use for that, you get perfect proportions and you get everything already textured + textures are already correct (no garbage), It also dumps everything already loaded in the memory, (what you see/needed)
1st: Create a Folder called VRML in you C: Drive (C:\VRML\)
2nd: Start your emulator and go in the configuration and select Lemmy's GFX plugin
3rd: Start the game you want to dump stuff from (Mario 64 for me again)
4th: Go at the place in your game that you want to export (outside of the castle for me again)
5th:Go in the GFX plugin config and check the "Export VRML" option and click "OK"
NOTE: If the emu crashed, it means that you didn't do the 1st step
6th: Wait a little for the screen to refresh some times (some movements)
7th: PAUSE the emulator using the 1964 PAUSE BUTTON, the game will pause right after rendering & dumping the current frame (so you don't get any corrupted vrml).
8th: Go back in the config and uncheck the "Export VRML" option and click "OK".
9th: If everything is done correctly, you will find in the C:\VRML\ directory All the textures in RBG

with their Alpha + the file output.wrl

GENERAL NOTES:
-the plugins will only export the part of the level that loaded in memory, this is due to the game themselves and not the plugins, the game usually loads what you are supposed to see and unloads what's not needed anymore, so don't expect getting a full level when you export. Some maps in Mario 64 are exceptions, like the bob-omb battlefield and the outside of the Castle (only those tested so far)

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SECOND PART - WORKING WITH VRML WITH 3DS
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What you need:
-A working 3D Studio Max 5 or 6 and some basic knowledge
-Vrml + textures dumped with the Nemu64 plugin
NOTE: I won't use the vrml dumped with the TR64 video plugin, sorry

BASIC - getting an acceptable lever
1st: Open your 3DS
2nd: Go in File -> Import...
3rd: Go to the C:\VRML\ Folder , select VRML in the Files type, select the output.wrl file and click

"Open"
Now you get you level imported, you might need to rotate the whole thing to get it straight
4th: Now, zoom in the top view until you can see this:
SEE FIRST ATTACHED IMAGE
And delete them.
5th: Press CTRL+A (select all)
6th: Go in Modifiers -> Mesh Editing -> Edit Mesh
7th: Now go in the right tool box and click the red filled triangle (face)
8th: press CTRL+A again (to select all faces)
9th: scroll down in the right tool box until you get to "Surface Properties" and click "Flip"
10th: Scroll back up and unselect the Red filled triangle (face)
11th: Now, you need to scale is a bit, press again CRTL+A to select everything
12th: select the Scale tool
13th: go in your perspective view and go until you can scale in all the axes.
14th: scale until it's big enough and zoom out to see the whole thing
15th: Then, you can press F9 to get a fully textured render, for the Castle outside, it should be like that:
SEE SECOND ATTACHED IMAGE
16th: now, you can save it or do whatever you like with it, this is the end of the part if you only wanted to get smth dumped.

EXPORTING FOR A STATIC MESH FOR UNREALED
This is the part you need to do if you want to export it for unrealED, the only way I'll show you is to import it as a Static Mesh for the game.
---This part is to get it exported with correct textures to each faces, not 1 texture for everything
16th: Press CTRL+A to select everything and go in the Utilities (the hammer) in the right toolbox
17th: click on the Collapse button
18th : in the options that appeared, select "Multiple Objects" under "Collapse to"
19th: Now, Select ONE part of the level and go back in the Modify tab ( the 2nd one) in the right toolbox.
20th: Click on the "Attach List" button under "Edit Geometry"
21st: In the config that poped out, click on the "All" button to select everything in the list then click "Attach"
22nd: DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING in the "Attach options" dialog, just click "OK" , it might take a while to attach everything, just be patient.
23rd: Now your level is ready to be exported, click on File -> Export...
24th: Select a location you want to export your level, under "Save as type:" select "ASCII Scene Export (*.ASE)", give your file a name and click "Save"
25th: leave everything in the ASCII Export dialog as is , just click "OK"

Now you file is exported and fully ready to be imported into unrealED!

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THIRD PART - FIXING TEXTURES
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What you need:
-MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop 7 (or maybe others)
-the textures dumped with Nemu64's plugin
NOTE: I won't again use those dumped with the TR64 video plugin, sorry x2

UnrealED only accept textures with a base of 2, which means, textures using a Vertical and Horizontal pixel number equal to: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, etc. Your textures can be a combinaison of any of those (not needed to be a square) like 16x32, 64x64, 64x128, 64x16, etc. N64 mostly uses ranges from 16 to 64, sometime 128 (rare). The common problem is that some textures can be using and Vertical or Horizal number of 48, thing that unrealEd doesn't support. So you will need to strech your Texture to the nearest bigger base 2 number, 64. (there might be some other sizes, use the same technique) If any textures you have and are needed are not using base 2 numbers, follow those steps:

For MS Paint
---More steps, but paint is free :P
1st: Open Paint (that was hard)
2nd: Open your texture
3rd: Go in Image -> Attributes...
4th: Change the "not base 2 number" to the nearest & Greatest base 2 number.
5th: You will end with a white part next to the textures, use the select tool and select the area used by your texture (you can zoom a bit to help you)
6th: Go at the limit of your selection where starts the white and strech your selection up to the side of the white part (fully hidding it).
7th: Save and quit or do another texture.

For Photoshop
---Less steps, but only if you have it of course ;)
1st: Open photoshop (meh :P)
2nd: Open your texture
3rd: go in Image -> Image Size...
4th: uncheck "Contraint Proportions" and change your "not base 2 number" to the nearest & Greatest base 2 number.
5th: Save and quit or do another texture.

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FOURTH PART - IMPORTING IN UNREALED
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What you need:
-Unreal Tournament 2003 or 2004 retail version (not demo) - The game comes with the editor
-Basic UnrealED mapping knowledge. If none , got ready some basic tutorials.
-the previously created .ASE file along with the textures dumped (and some edited) with the Nemu64 plugin

Textures Import
first, you need to import and to save your textures in a new Package
1st: Open unrealEd located in the System folder of your UT2k3/4 main directory
2nd: open the Textures Browser
3rd: in it, click on File -> Import
4th: Go at the locations of your textures and select those you need then click "Open"
5th: at the 1st prompt:
---Change the Package name . i.e. "Mario64_Textures"
---(optional) change the group (sub-category)
---(optional) change the name of your textures
---leave everything else like that unless you know what they are for
6th: Click "Ok to all" if you don't plan to change the textures names. Otherwise, only click "OK" and go on changing the textures names (don't touch the Package name)
7th: go to File -> save , DON'T change the file name NOR the file location (should be in "Textures") and click "Save".
Now your Textures Package is created and saved.

Static Mesh import and texturing
Now, we'll import you .ASE file as a Static Mesh and at the same time, apply the textures on it.
1st: Open the Static Meshes Browser
2nd: Click on File -> Import...
3rd: go find your .ASE file and click "OK"
4th: at the prompt:
---Change the Package name . i.e. "Mario64_Meshes"
---(optional) change the group (sub-category)
---(optional) change the name of your Mesh
--Then click "OK"
Now you should end up with a unitextured level. (well, textured with the default texture)
5th: Now go under and click on the little + next to Materials. A list of numbers should appear.What you

have to do:
--Press the little + next to [0]
--go click on "Material"
--now switch to your textures browser and select a texture in it
--go back to the Static Mesh browser and click on "Use" at the far right of the "Material" you clicked.
--Look at the viewport and look for the texture (what part is it)
--Now, if you're not lucky (prolly), it won't be the good texture, go back in your texture browser and select the good texture and click back on "use" in the Static Meshes browser at the far right of the "Material".
--Follow those step for each numbers until you get it fully and correctly textured.
NOTE: you normally won't need to change the textures sizes/location, it should be exactly like in the real game.
6th: now that your mesh is fully textured, just Save your package, and again, like for the textures package, DON'T change the file name NOR the location (should be in the StaticMeshes folder this time).

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For anything else, you should have a basic mapping knowledge to use the StaticMesh and so on. This is the part where I stop, I won't do a whole mapping tutorial, there are plenty of them on the net (www.google.com :P).

hope it helped most of you :)


P.S. What a bad luck i've got! Martin started to upgrade vBulletin right when I was about to post! :P

JinXD
January 5th, 2005, 09:36
Nice tutorial Knuckles! Shame few people can afford a copy of 3D Max ;)

Might give it a bash though, used 3D Max at uni......

Falcon4ever
January 5th, 2005, 10:56
If you can't use lemmy plugin due a bad videocard you might wanna try 3d analyzer:
3d analyzer 2.36 (http://www.tommti-systems.de/go.html?http://www.tommti-systems.com/main-Dateien/files.html)

Now select:
Hardware Limits (cap bits)
emulate other DX8.1 caps
emulate pixel shader caps
emulate bump map caps
emulate max. sim. textures

ANTI-DETECT MODE:
shaders

you will get some errors on start up and some screens but when the 3d places are loaded (in mario for example) you can run freely on the terrain without getting the error message. (Just press no in the beginning if asked for debugging)

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Knuckles:
When i'm trying to import that ASE file in UnrealED 3.0 i get the following error:
any ideas?

netuochsnafets
April 14th, 2005, 09:06
Knuckles:
When i'm trying to import that ASE file in UnrealED 3.0 i get the following error:
any ideas?
That's exactly what I've got!

Snorkel
November 16th, 2005, 01:22
Great tutorial *claps*

However, when I import into 3DS Max, I only get maybe 1 or 2 of the textures... for instance when I imported the output.wrl from when I dumped the Mario castle, only the texture for the grass showed up and everything else was gray...

Killerfox
December 12th, 2005, 17:50
This is a really nice tutorial, but I can't seem TR ogl to work with Perfect Dark... The plugin just won't render, and I have quite a capable system....

Orthoman(s3)
February 8th, 2006, 21:52
Im using Icepir8's TR64 OpenGL method..

I have the wrl file and the textures...

I use Maya 7...so I had to convert the file into .Stl

I look at the Model in a Render View and its all Shaded Gray..

Do you know how to get the Texture into Maya as easily as 3D s Max...

Screen Shot of what im talking about..

http://www.s-cubed.ca/users/antichrist/Photos/Avatars/MarioRender1.JPG

Knuckles
February 9th, 2006, 14:39
I'm sorry but I never used Maya.

The problem prolly is because icepir8's plugin doesn't export the textures infos when it dumps. So you will have to manually import textures, assign them, and scale/move them.

Orthoman(s3)
February 10th, 2006, 02:00
Thanks for the Reply..

My Buddy has a working copy of 3DS Max 8 that im using now..so in theory is should still work the same ad Max 5 or 6 ...Ill follow the Nemu64 plugin path on doing things...

Thanks again...

Orthoman(s3)
February 10th, 2006, 07:10
2 things here....
1.I run the Nemu64 GFX plugin and I do as you say and all I get the is VRML file no textures...tried the suggestion to use 3D analyzer and nothing again for textures...

2.When I go to run the VRMl in 3Ds Max 8 I get an Error....

"VRML Read Error: Not Enough Entries in SFImage Feild"
"Read Error"
"Improper File Format"

But for some reason if I use the VRLM from Ice's Plug in it goes fine just that I have to set all the textures manually..

Any Known Reason's for this????

Knuckles
February 11th, 2006, 03:40
make sure you use the latest one from the nemu64 forums, the older ones aren't extracting the textures.

for the error, make sure you pause the emulator before unchecking the "export vrml" option.

Orthoman(s3)
February 11th, 2006, 09:37
Sweet....Thanks for the Feed Back....

kedo
April 30th, 2006, 19:18
There is some way of to solder all the faces of a 3D model in 3dS? Turning all the model faces and pieces in one thing?

Knuckles
May 1st, 2006, 17:14
I think there is but I didn't use 3ds in a while so I don't remember.

Another N00b
February 12th, 2007, 22:08
Erm... sry, I didn't find this tut before! ^^''
But this is just that i needed (import 64 stuff to ut)
I tried to use tr64_ogl.dll, but everytime i start a rom, it says "Config your U Code. Change to GUI and klick config"... That should I do? I don't understand such things. xD

And does anyone know how to import the extracted stuff in Blender?

Desaster
September 16th, 2007, 19:16
HI,

when I import the ASE file in Ut2004 Editor I always get an Error and the Editor Crashes..

Whats wrong?

Knuckles
September 18th, 2007, 18:27
Are you trying to import it has a normal mesh or in the static mesh browser?

Desaster
September 19th, 2007, 15:27
I think I make somethin wrong...

A short video tutorial how to make the .vrml ready for ut would be the best..

I import the .ASE in the static mesh browser

Kronic
June 2nd, 2009, 17:39
please could someone get me lots of the models(levels and characters) from Mario 64 (any version should do) just I can't get the plug in to work, probably something to do with my card, and I need the files for a little project of my friends, thanks in advance!

Knuckles
October 16th, 2009, 22:58
sadly no, the plugin(s) only export what is actually loaded, lots of games only load what is to be seen and unloads immediatly anything you shouldn't. The only way to get the whole maps would be to actually extract the files for them from the game itself.

Rush3fan
October 19th, 2009, 17:44
Thanks for the info Knuckles
..and sorry, I deleted the first post for various reasons..

I'll be sure to update you guys once I upload this video. :matrix: It's done.. It's posted on my site.

Tunisao
November 1st, 2009, 20:15
Hello, ihave tried andi havea little problem !
i make export on urban terror, but u can maybe help me, because i have a problem of transparency wall :

u can see all method to import here, and i hope Knuckles u can tell me what is wrong :
Video here (http://frechdesign.free.fr/UrbanTerror/video/)
complete video here :
Downlaod video (http://frechdesign.free.fr//UrbanTerror/video/media/bug_import_3dsMax_GTKRadiant.MOV)

video on YOUTUBE HD :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TbmEmVGmfs

Tunisao
November 6th, 2009, 22:04
i have succeeded :
I used the game Urban terror free and download :
Here (http://www.urbanterror.net/news.php)

http://www.urbanterror.net/e107_themes/urbanterror/images/urbanterrorheader1.jpg (http://www.urbanterror.net/news.php)

Mario 64 castel :
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4994/screenshot21h58m58s.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/i/screenshot21h58m58s.jpg/)

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/8808/screenshot21h59m37s.th.jpg (http://img248.imageshack.us/i/screenshot21h59m37s.jpg/)

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9897/screenshot21h59m25s.th.jpg (http://img689.imageshack.us/i/screenshot21h59m25s.jpg/)

Download :
Here (http://frechdesign.free.fr/UrbanTerror/maps/mario64-castel/)

and i try with skedar :
but many bugs in games !!
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/3548/screenshot21h38m34s.jpg

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9891/screenshot21h39m57s.jpg

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/9969/screenshot21h40m13s.jpg


And THANKS Knuckles for this explanation

Milanor
November 25th, 2009, 18:58
I tried both ways now but nothing worked.
I also followed this video tutorial

http://www.vimeo.com/1347057
The generated wrl file imported in blender gives me only 1 Planes and a Cam...
(As you can see in the Video that its also possible to use Blender)
Also the Created VRML folder remains empty, regardless how many times i try it.
(The emulator doesnt crash, i use the latest versions of the emulator and plugins and the VRML folder is on my Main Harddrive C ...)