So I have this skateboarding animation I'm trying to make and right nows its really choppy :


Im trying to recreate this trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGpAXXeL1g

I rigged the board so one bone tilts the board itself and the root bone controls the entire thing for moevement. When I was rotating the board during the trick I was having a really hard time even rotating it as when I did get the final rotation the Y-value would be much higher then the rest in order for it to flip all the way causing it to just spin super fast.

How would I go about making this smoother? I feel like there's something I'm missing or could do better.


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I think you're overcomplicating things a tad.

If you examine the key poses of the sample animation, its basically:

1: Jump

2: Before landing; board flips on local z 180 degrees.

3: Before landing; board flips on local x/y (whichever is the "roll axis") 360 degrees.

4: Land

So if you just break each part into its constituent elements, basically just:

Frame 0 - Key location at beginning, rotation.

Frame end: Key location at end, rotate board on 180/360 degrees on relevant axes, key rotation.

middle frame: Key board location to be at "Jump height".

Then you can just tweak curves after that to get the timing right.

I'm no animator, but this is what I got after fiddling for like 7 minutes.

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Obviously this is highly imperfect, but I just made this example to make sure it wasn't gimbal lock or something.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the response, you think its better to do first frame, end frame, then middle rather then going frame by frame until the end? $\endgroup$
    – Murth
    Commented Aug 12, 2022 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, absolutely, that is standard practice. Get the key poses > Set in between frames > Tweak curves to refine timing. $\endgroup$
    – Jakemoyo
    Commented Aug 12, 2022 at 8:30

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