I'm trying to follow a tutorial on how to animate moths. I'm using shape keys and when I put a key frame in the shape keys and add some noise the moth does not move even though the shape key value is clearly changing.enter image description here

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    – Timaroberts
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 17:11

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Ian Hubert Lazy Tutorials if I'm not mistaken.

You need to add the shape key, put the value to 1 and modify the wing position. Keyframe/noise after that.

You don't see the wings moving because you didn't modify the wing position with the shape key at 1.0, by the looks of it.

  • $\begingroup$ that is what i did but it still doesn't work $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Just to re-trace your steps. For the Wing object you're - -creating a shape key (Key 1) -set Key 1 value to 1 -go into edit mode and rotate the wing (every selected vertex) to get a second wing position -go out of edit mode and do the keying $\endgroup$
    – dan283
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 20:27

The problem is you are not moving object in Edit Mode.

  1. Enter Object Mode
  2. Add shape key with object in one position then add second shapekey
  3. switch to Edit Mode
  4. Just change the position of selected object.
  5. Switch to Object Mode you can move animation with value 0 to 1,
  6. Switch to 1 and add a keyframe and then the Noise modifier in graph editor

Shape keys are animation that run in Edit Mode, for shape key always change to Edit Mode.

You can animate modifieres in Edit Mode, like Subsurfaces and things.


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