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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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How do I rotate an object along it's 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 it's own axis (after pressing control + alt + space) and rotate it the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 can I animate the Restrict Visibility property of an object?

I've been trying to create an animation where an object blinks on and off. For example, I have a Cube and I set a keyframe on it's Restrict Visibility icon (the "eye" icon) with ...
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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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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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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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Change color with object rotation

I want to adjust the color of a material based on an object's rotation. I cannot do this with a driver, because the same material is used over a large number of objects: I would like each object to ...
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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 should an animated character be moved while repeating a walk cycle?

I created a walk cycle as an action, placed it in the NLA editor and repeated the cycle. For each repetition the character jumps back to the starting position, what are some options to move the ...
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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 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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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 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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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 can multiple Curves be used to control Camera movement?

I currently use a Track to Constraint to make the camera automatically point to an empty. In an animation the camera is moved along a bezier curve (follow path). How could I change the curve and ...
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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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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 may I create a continuously looping animation?

I would like to create a continuously looping animation that repeats itself constantly and without my help (I do not want to create one animation and then copy and paste it over and over again). A ...
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How to make a curve path from scratch given a list of (x, y, z) points?

I want to move a soft body object in my scene on a path (curve path). For the path, I want to make it myself from scratch. I basically have a Python List containing (x, y, z) points and want to create ...
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Changing ChildOf constraint influence to 0, but keeping the position it had as a child

I had a sword object rigged with a single bone, with a ChildOf constraint making it a child of a sheath (with an influence of 1). Throughout an animation i move the sheath, and the sword bone follows ...

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