Watch_Dogs - Importing and exporting models with Zmodeler

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  1. HeySlickThatsMe

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    Watch_Dogs - Importing and exporting models with Zmodeler TUTORIAL

    Hello! this is an tutorial which will explain you how to properly import and export models with use of Zmodeler
    This will allow modding Objects (Propably) , weapons , vehicles and characters
    So , lets get started:
    1.Make a new folder somewhere and Extract windy_city.fat in it
    2.Open zmodeler and click "Import"
    3.Select the file type as .xbg
    4.Now look down , look at the "Root Folder" and "Mod Folder"
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    5.Set your Root folder to that unpacked windy_city.fat
    6.Set your mod folder to...Anything? (This is unconfirmed , i set it to the folder where i have all the gibbed tools)
    7.Now click import and you are done! you imported the model
    8.After importing look for L0 , L1 etc , it should be here
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    Click on any of these to show any of the LOD Levels so you can start editing the model
    L0 is the xbgmip
    L1 is the default model (This is what do you want to edit)
    L2 is the lower quality model (Level of detail setting - Low or Medium)
    L3 and L4 are other low quality models , these don't need changing but do so if you want to edit any of the NPC Faces
    ---Now how to export?
    1.Simply press the "export" , remember that YOUR MODDED FILE needs to have the same name as the FILE YOU ARE EDITING
    for example if your model is named char01_head.xbg or in zmodeler its called "char01_head.mesh" "char01_head.skel" then you need to name it exactly the same , so while exporting char01_head.xbg you need to name it char01_head and select the .xbg as the filetype
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    ---LOD (Importing Aiden's models)
    You already know how to import and export models , but what about models that only have 2 LOD's and crash ingame?
    Or you don't have the xbgmip and you use the dummy one?
    This tutorial will teach you fix the crash
    1.At first import your .xbg 2 times
    2.Rename one of them so you don't get lost
    3.Delete the second .skel
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    ^ it should look like this
    Now from the second renamed mesh (in my zmodeler its export) you need to "Delete" the Lod
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    then you need to unfold it
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    You should have an object with no name , rename it to something clever
    then drag and drop it to the lower part of the GUI
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    Then you can edit this model (Its named "John cena" in my zmodeler)
    Now time for adding the LOD
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    Then simply drag and drop it
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    You can delete the "export" and export the file
    Remember! it changes the LOD's
    LOD 1 will be LOD 0 and LOD 2 will be LOD 1
    so always import a new object as LOD 2

    ---Weapons, Objects and vehicles----
    When importing any of above untick "Merge models" and you are free to do whatever you want
    You should have various parts that correspond to various bone's (Weapons and vehicles) or simply one model with LOD's (Objects)

    Note: Some weapons crash from unknown reasons
    List of confirmed working models:
    PX4
    416

    ---Painting weights---
    Painting weights is a method that moves certain object part with selected bone , this allows for editing the coat movement (Making upper parts move togeher with the lower ones) or simply Rigging Peds
    TBA
     
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    Result of Modified XBG
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    Nevermind
     
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    Congrats for the tutorial, the ZModeler author never explained it clearly in his thread here (http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=396672) so I faced your same challenges when I exported the custom Beretta 92FS model to replace the Px4, but I never took the time to write such a good tutorial so great work. :)
     

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    Thanks , here's a question
    because when i edit the model the game crashes (Yes , kinda ironic since im the author of the tutorial lmao) how should i edit the model properly? or atleast try to tell me how to convert a weapon so i can do M468 , or i can give you the model if you want
     
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    I have the model, but as I said to AjGamer I have very little time lately so I can't be very helpful sadly.
    Also I remember that both ZModeler and the game itself are very sensitive to the model edits, I wasn't able to replace other pistols for example, somewhat only the Px4 didn't crash afterward. That's all I managed to learn and do in the 2 weeks trial period anyway...
     
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    Interesting , thanks for response
     
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    Added LOD Fix Tutorial
    it might not be 100% clear but its hard to say it right
     
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    Added weapons , vehicles and objects and prepared painting weights category
     

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