Questions tagged [animation]

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How to render an animation as video in Blender?

Yesterday I was working on a simple animation, an animated logo. Here is an image of the progress: I already have the animation working and everything is okay with the project, but I can't figure ...
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How to animate morphing a rectangular plane into a sphere

How to make a grid-to-sphere animation like this?
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How do I rotate an object along its own axis (windmill)

I'm trying to rotate the blades of a windmill for an animation but the windmill is already at an angle. When I keyframe it on its own axis (after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Space) and rotate it, the blades ...
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Line of Bones to Travel and Conform to Curve (Train or snake following path)

I've searched google extensively on this. Can't seem to find an answer. I know about spline IK, which is wonderful for conforming a row of bones to a path. But combining the armature object with a ...
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Physics are not simulated past a certain frame?

I've set up the physics of a swinging wrecking ball and set the animation to run for 240 frames. This was not long enough for the entire "swing" of the ball-and-chain. I'm unable to reset the ...
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How do I make a 3 dimensional character out of flat picture?

I have a cartoon character (a lion) that is part of my business logo that I want to put into Blender and animate it somehow. Is there any way I can take a flat picture (JPEG) and transform it into a ...
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How do I animate time?

I have created a storyboard where I frequently switch between slow-motion and normal motion. The scene involves a particle system, several animated objects and an animated camera. How do I animate ...
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How can I add motion to a rigid body?

I'm trying to create a bowling animation and I want the ball to hit the pins. I already added the Rigid Body physics to the objects but can't get the ball to move. Obviously I could just add ...
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Animating eye texture in a head mesh

I'm trying to animate a mesh with different eye textures but it's not working. This is a texture made by me to animate but I still couldn't figure out how to do it. I've seen tutorials on the ...
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How to convert image sequence to video using the VSE?

I've exported all my frames to .png. Could you please explain (step by step) how to convert images to video using the video sequence editor? I used to export as .avi raw before, but because I'm ...
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How can I make dynamic text in an animation?

Is there a way to change text during an animation? Something like a readout that could show distance traveled. And have it displayed on the screen of the animation.
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Cyclic orbit animation

I'm trying to make one object orbit another. But I want it to repeat, rather than stop at 100 frames. It seems there is no option for this. Is there a way to make this happen?
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Animate winding a ribbon/rope/cable around a cylinder?

Actually, it's not so simple as the title suggests... :) I might be asked to animate something like this - https://youtu.be/1A3vaJaNDLY?t=132 Here's a still from that video: It's the process of ...
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How can I morph a flat plane to be a flat cirlce?

So I'm making a 2d animation in blender, using the z space as layers, and the camera is in orthographic view. I'm trying to morph a square plane to be a flat circle, but I have no idea how to even ...
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How can I easily animate cutaway views on multiple objects?

I'm trying to create animated cutaway views on multiple objects in my scene. For example, in my car model, the seats and other interior objects are separate objects. This question talks about using ...
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How do I make animations a steady speed?

When I make an animation, it always starts out slow, then speeds up, then slows down at the end. I cannot figure out how to fix this.
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How to rig a cartoon-style hose limb? (cartoon arm)

I was wondering if anyone knows how to set up a hose-like, cartoon-type limb like in this picture? My current setup for my model's limbs uses Inverse Kinematics and actually works quite well for the ...
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Lofting: can I copy a Shape-Keyed mesh for each frame of its animation?

I have made a simple profile mesh (an edge loop) which I've animated along a path using 'Follow Path'. It has a number of Shape Keys, and as it moves along the path, it changes shape. I would like to ...
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Animated textures don't work in Blender viewport playback

I am trying to animate in 2d. I do it with planes that have textures on them. I recently came up with the idea of having a plane with an image sequence of mouths because animating actual lip syncing ...
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How can I modify the frame rate without changing overall animation speed?

How can I change the animation fps when I already have finished making an animation? I already did an animation and I don't want spend some time recalculating the time by hand, is there a easy way to ...
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How can I animate a 2D face rig on any 3D object?

So I've been trying to animate 2D textures on a 3D mesh as in this tutorial. It was made on Blender 2.79 and the differences are driving me crazy.
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Convert particle system to animated meshes

I've started trying to make a 3D model that I will end up exporting to an augmented reality app but I've hit a problem in terms of the particle system. The app wants the 3D file in .dae(collada) ...
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Keyframes disappeared in the timeline - How do I get them back?

I guess I pressed a hotkey by accident and my keyframes disappeared for whatever reason. As far as I can tell the keyframes are hidden by the frame numbers numbers: The animation still works, I can ...
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How to create a fire/light effect in a spaceship engine

I was wondering how I could create this effect in blender for an animation: How can I make this bloom effect?
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How to IK rig legs

I have a simple character. I would like rig the legs so that I can easily control them. How can I IK rig my characters leg? .blend file
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I am trying to make an animation of a double planet, can't seem to get it right.

Trying to make an animation of a double planet orbiting their sun and sharing a common barycentre. How do I go about making this work?
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Animating appearing/extending strip with gaps

As i am new to blender i decided to learn by recreating some animations which have some interesting problems, and gain more knowledge about how tv intros are being done, collecting some parody intros ...
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How to store particle locations in a list?

my question is how to store the locations of a particle or any changing data in a list so as to use the locations for effects like trails. What I intend to create are particle trails, the following ...
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Save the 2D bounding box of an object in rendered image to a text file

I have a blend file with a moving object and want to save the object's bounding box positions (x, y, ...
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How to keyframe mesh vertices in Python

I'm updating all the vertex coordinates of a mesh frame-by-frame in python and need to animate but can not figure out how. Here is a small abstracted script - the python isn't pretty, but it makes an ...
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How to create and animate the water reflection (Caustics) on an object?

What is the best method to create this kind of reflection and how to animate it?
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How to render specific frames of an animation?

I’m making a little movie with using multiple computers. I can't use the network so I've divided the frames of the animation over the computers. Unfortunately now there are frames missing. What I'd ...
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Which denoiser is better?

In blender 2.81a, there are two denoising tools: Under layer properties, you can scroll down and enable denoising Also in layer properties, you can check "denoising data" under passes > data and in ...
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continuous sequence of frames with multiple cameras with each camera starting at start of animation?

I have baked a fluid simulation that runs for 300 frames. I have 3 cameras, one from the left side, one from the right side, and one from the top. Can I render a sequence of 900 frames where the ...
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How to create a cable/wire for animation?

So I've created a "noodle" with a path and a bezier Circle that has soft body so that when I click play it will drop and flop about. What I'm trying to do is have one of the cubes stationary while ...
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Create pose from existing armature

I have two armatures with all of the same bones. Armature A is a basic character T-stance, Armature B is of a run animation. I had first attempted to copy the pose from Armature B to Armature A, but ...
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How to create an animated Electric Arc or Lightning?

I know about the technique of using a displace modifier with an animated displace object on a thin plane, but there are no "branches", no forking in the lightning. Here is an image from Wikipedia ...
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Delete animation of object

Sorry for a simple question, but I have animated the movement of a door; just a movement of the X axis. Turns out I'll do this in code instead, so I want to delete this animation. How do I delete an ...
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What do various property highlight color overlays mean?

I have downloaded a free model for my current project and spotted those different colors on Scale, Rotation, Location, and other properties. What do these different colors signify? What is the meaning ...
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How to make one object gradually disappear as it passes through another object

How to make one object gradually disappear as it passes through some object (e.g. teleportation gates)? How to make it gradually appear in other gates?
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How to animate multiple lines

I wonder what would be the best way of animating multiple 2 dimensional lines in blender. Lets say I have lots of line, that are parallel and have some sort of rule, kind of like a PCB board with ...
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How to bake softbody animation into keyframes?

I am trying to bake a softbody animation into keyframes but I can't, does anyone knows how to do it? Thanks!
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How do I overlay a photo of a face over a character on a video?

I downloaded an 80s cartoon intro (Jem and the Holograms; traditional cel animation) and I want to animate cutout photos of various family members' faces overtop the cartoon faces. Bonus points if I ...
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How can one rig a Stirling engine? (Piston)

I've only done a very little animation and rigging before, and I keep getting stuck trying to rig the pistons and rotor of the Stirling engine I built. What should happen is that one piston moves in ...
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Is it possible to create a path from an existing object animation?

Once you have an animated object using typical key-framing (other methods such as physics, driver or NLA apply too). It could be useful to apply the motion to a path: to adjust the evaluation time ...
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Water ripples / waves on the surface of an object

I would like to create a character made of water. To do this, I am trying to do it with a simple sphere first. I tried to apply modifiers to the sphere to get it to move and undulate like water ...
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How to make Edge Glow?

I am doing a zooming in and out animation for symbols. And it suppose to have an edge glow, like in the example photo. Is it possible to achieve without volumetric lighting because the lighting of ...
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save as a video as .mp4 [duplicate]

So I made an intro using animation and it saves it as a .blend and I want it so save as a video like .mp4 or something like that. I've tried changing the codec because I tried opening the intro with ...
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How to animate A curve segment?

How can I animate the position of a Bézier curve segment as shown in the images below?
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How can I manually calculate bpy.types.PoseBone.matrix using Blender's Python API?

I have this .blend file which has a simple scene, and a python script. There's a readme section in the script, but to give a general idea: There are two identical meshes in the scene, one skinned, and ...
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