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#1 Old 15th Feb 2022 at 4:51 PM
Default TS4 to TS3 Animation Conversion Tutorial
This Tutorial Will Cover :
  • Converting animations from TS4 game
  • Converting S4 Toddler & Children animations
  • Converting Custom S4 animations

This Tutorial Will NOT Cover :
  • Setting up Blender for TS3 (use this tutorial)

Using :
Sources :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z1IObWND7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmH...1Ce8uG&index=37
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx4...index=24&t=257s
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#2 Old 15th Feb 2022 at 6:04 PM Last edited by FloTheory : 17th Feb 2022 at 6:07 PM.
Converting animations from TS4 game
Step 1 : We are going to extract TS4 animation we want in a .blend format.
- Launch S4Studio


Note : Do this step if you don't already have a project listed under "My Projects"
- Set up S4Studio



Add your creator name here



Click on "Settings"



Set up your Blender & Sim 4 game path.



Now that this is done, click the "Clip Pack" button under "Animation" and after that click on the "Animation" button.



Create a save file for the package, for this tutorial I named it "Test".



This is what you'll see :



Select the "Clips" tab.



Click the "EA Clip" button.



Note : Here you must select the "age" group you want for the animation (but the gender is not important)



Note : We're almost there, you're about to have access to all TS4 game animations (if you own the EPs, packs etc...)
- Press "Export"



The list of all TS4 game animations pops and we are going to select the first one for this tutorial (a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1_x).



As you can see, this is how we get the .blend file we need for our animation (a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1)
- Press "Save"



Note : You can double click on .blend files to see what the animations look like in Blender.
- Here is our animation in a .blend format



Step 2 : We are going to turn our .blend into a Sims 3 animation file.
- Launch Blender 2.79



Note : If you did the Setting up Blender part, you have what are called rigs.
- Open the Sims 4 to Sims 3 RIG.



File > Open > RigBase ts4 to ts3_FACE_V2.blend



This is what a rig looks like and this one is the Sims 4 to Sims 3 RIG (RigBase ts4 to ts3_FACE_V2.blend)



Note : Zoom it out using the mouse scroll.



Now we are going to add our S4 animation .blend to the RIG (a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1).
- Click "Append"



- Click on our .Blend file.



- Then click "Action" and select the animation.



- Finally select our animation (a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1).


- Click "Append from Library".



It takes us back here.
- On your keybord, Press "A" twice (the RIG turns blue) then press 'I'.



- "Animation" now appears under the RIG on the right.



- Right click "Animation" and select "Set Action".



- Click on our animation (a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1).



- Our animation can now be played.



- Click on RIG to see all the coloured left part appear.



- If the animation stutters, place your cursor under the coloured stripes, " press "A" twice and "V" then select "Auto-Clamped".



- Correct the timeline lenght to your liking by changing the number in the "End" section.



- Now click on the little eye next to RIG to make it disappear.



- And click on the little eye next to AfRig to unhide it.



- Then click on the AfRig.



Play the animation and stop it at the end.
- After that press A (the RIG turns blue) and press "I" to put a keyframe at the end of the TimeLine.



This is the final step !
- Export as a Sims 3 animation with a name starting with "a_" because this is an adult animation.



I called it a_ageUp_adultToElder_part1



Choose where you want to save it and click "Save Sims 3 animation"



Here is what we obtain : a CLIP file that can be added to the Sims 3 game



Next we will see what our new Sims 3 animation looks like on a Sims 3 RIG.
- Open the AfRig or the AmRig



- Click on "Load Clip".



Find our Sims 3 animation and click on "Import Sims 3 Animation"



You can now play our animation on a Sims 3 RIG to see if everything is ok. You don't need to save it if you don't change anything, just quite Blender.



Note that there is often a problem with the S4 to S3 eyes animation.
- This short tutorial talks about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOCy5vIuz3g&t=105s



This S4 to S3 animation conversion tutorial ends here.
- This tutorial explains how to load our CLIP animation to the S3 game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLeuptfFco
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#3 Old 15th Feb 2022 at 8:49 PM Last edited by FloTheory : 17th Feb 2022 at 6:08 PM.
Converting S4 Toddler & Children animations
  • In this part I'm only going to add the few extra steps required in S4Studio.
  • And we will learn how to convert adult to toddler/children animations in Blender.


Refer to Step 1 of :
Converting animations from TS4 game



Back to exporting TS4 game animations in S4Studio, the only thing you do differently is that you will export toddler or children animations.
- Select "toddler" or "children".



Note : Children animations start with "c_".



Note : Toddler animations start with "p_".



Once you have the .blend file for our toddler or children animation, refer to Step 2 of :
Converting animations from TS4 game



Note : Follow the whole Blender part up until you play the Sims 3 animation on a Sims 3 RIG.




Step 3 : Now all we have to do is convert the Sims 3 animation from the adult Sims 3 RIG to a toddler/child RIG.
- Press "A" to turn the RIG blue.



Note : I'll be showing you the steps with the male RIG (AmRig) because it's the same for both genders.
- Click "Key" > "Copy KeyFrames"



Now we are going to add a toddler/child RIG.
- Go to "File" and "Append".



Here we select the RIG we want, CuRig for child, PuRig for toddler.
- Click on CuRig or PuRig.



- After that click on "Object".



Now you select all the files starting with "Cu" or "Pu".
- And click "Append fro library".



This it what you see.



- Click on the "PuRig" or "CuRig".



- Click on "Object Mode".



- And select "Pose Mode".



- Place your cursor next to the two RIGS.



- Then press "A" (the Pu/CuRig turns blue), then press "I" and choose "LocRot".



- This is what we see.



- Now click "Key" and "Paste keyframes".



- This is what we see.



- Click on the adult RIG (AmRig/AfRig).



- Then click on "Pose Mode".



- Select "Object Mode".



Place your cursor next to the two RIGS.
- And on your keybord press delete and click "Delete".



This is what you see.



- Press "A" and you can now play the animation !



- Click on the "PuRig" or "CuRig" so it turns blue.



- Export as a Sims 3 animation.



- Name the animation starting with "c_" if it's a child animation, "p_" for a toddler animation.



This S4 to S3 Toddler & Children animation conversion tutorial ends here.
- This tutorial explains how to load our CLIP animation to the S3 game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLeuptfFco
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#4 Old 15th Feb 2022 at 8:51 PM Last edited by FloTheory : 16th Feb 2022 at 5:23 PM.
Converting Custom S4 animations
  • Beforehand, ask for the authorization to convert the custom animation to their creator !
  • You need to download S4PE

Step 1 : Download the custom S4 animation package from their creator.
- It must be a .package file.



Launch S4PE.
- Click on "file" then "open" our custom S4 animation package.



We are looking for CLIP files (they are the animation files we want)
- Highlight a CLIP file.



- Then click on "Ressource" and "Export" then "To Package".



For this tutorial I'm naming it "Test2".
- Click on "Open".



We get a .package file.



Step 2 : We're going to obtain the .blend file for our cusom S4 animation.
- Open S4Studio.



- Click on "My Projects", select our "Test2.package" and click "Open".



This is what we see.



- Click on "Export".



You get a .blend file !
- Click on "Save".



Here is the .blend file that you can open with Blender.



This Custom S4 animation to S3 convertion is over, you can now refer to Step 2 of :
Converting animations from TS4 game
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