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About Bendytoons

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    movies, storytelling, science, history, folktales, photography
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    Ben de Leeuw
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    Asheville, NC
  1. Steve, Highlight the choreography in the PWS, right click, select plugins from the drop down and choose simulate simcloth.
  2. I'll post a link in the off topic section when it's available
  3. So, I just finished a banzai weekend doing the 48hr film project. Among other things (I was the DP) it was my job to do the credit sequence. The trick was that although I was allowed to create objects and images ahead of time, the animation all had to be completed within the 48 hrs. In fact, because I was DP, and due to the nature of the project, I actually had to create them Sunday morning. My solution was to do a credit sequence that required very little keyframing and used simcloth to do the hard labor. I am attaching the final sequence and the project (minus images) ready to simulate.
  4. If particles can be included in an alpha channel, render one sequence with an alpha channel and make is a layer or rotoscope in front of the other sequence (which woudl also be a layer or rotoscope.) If they can't... hmmm... BTW, if you are resaving any of your TGA sequences as QT and need to preserve an alpha channel, "Animation" codec is the only one that supports an alpha channel. As I recall particles cannot be included in an alpha channel. The workaround I used was to rerender the scene with the particles in a white bg with black particles (or black bg, white
  5. before you click on the bone in the foot you need to turn off compensate mode. It is the little button with grey and red boxes next to the magnet button.
  6. Rob, I think the written information is helpful and clear. I think your chart is a bit confusing. I think it would be clearer as a linear chart, one step to the next, without the branching, even though that means you would repeat most of it several times. Alternately you could lay out your branching chart in a different fashion that creates clearer distinction between the branches. Don't get me wrong, it works as is, but visually I think it could be clearer. my 2c, Ben
  7. It will be greatly improved by ambient occlusion. That will darken the corners and the spots where the beams hit the floor and ground everything better. my2c
  8. They have transparency, it is built into the action. That is how they disappear when the cycle is done. The "solid" frames are about 50% transparent, but you are right that they still look a little solid.
  9. And now with a little more clean up and a streak system to put a few more drops in the background. test06.mov
  10. Thanks to Mark's catch, the rain in Spain now falls ON the plain. test04.mov
  11. Thanks for that catch. Sometimes you can't see the skeleton for the splines.
  12. Here's another shot of the same rain. I added a second flock for drops on the ground. test03.mov Here is the project rain4.prj There is a problem with the flock to surface constraint. The drops conform to the shape of the ground, but float quite a ways above it.
  13. So, it's raining in Asheville and I got inspired to revisit an old approach to making rain. This is done with a flock of animated rain drops. I't's just a proof of concept for this approach to rainmaking. test01.mov Here is the project. rain2.prj
  14. It is exactly like buckling a swash, but the other way around.
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