Questions tagged [animation]

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Creating Inky-looking characters in Blender

I'm involved in a project to do with ink animation and experimentation. I found this incredible piece of animation: Chinese Ink Style Animation I originally thought this was some sort of After ...
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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 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 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 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 can I manage multiple animations in one .blend file?

The way I currently use animations is just one long timeline. All my separate animations are lined up back to back on this single timeline. I keep the start/end frame numbers in a separate file. This ...
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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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Can I use the timeline to erase keyframes?

Is it possible to use the green bar in the Timeline to erase keyframes? Is there someway to do something like erasing keyframes by scrolling over them instead of removing them one by one?
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How to create a seamlessly looping ocean

Is there a way animate the ocean modifier so it loops continuously? I would like to make an animation where the last frame seamlessly goes into the first without the ocean "jumping": How can I ...
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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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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 can I change the centre of rotation of objects during an animation?

I have developed several puzzles in Blender, and to test them I wanted to animate them. The first problem I encountered was the rotation of an object around a central hub. Between keyframes the ...
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How can I animate the camera in a perfect circular rotation around a fixed position?

I have an object at a fixed position in 3D space. I would like the camera to circle around it while facing it. I want to path of the camera to be circular in 2D, meaning that it does not move up or ...
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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 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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How to reverse animate?

For example when I record a rig walking and then I'd like to make it walk backward so how can I do that without much effort
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Is it possible to change the emission rate of particles over time?

Is it possible to change the emission rate of particles over time? E.g. Start off with an initial burst of particles, then emit at a steady rate. Here is a (poor) example of what I mean by the ...
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How to stretch 120 seconds of animation over 270 seconds?

I have an object with some animation (120 seconds) and I want to make this animation now play over the duration of 270 seconds. How can I stretch the animation to this new duration?
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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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What's Wrong with Quaternion Rotation in the Game Engine?

Steps: I created two identical objects, and animated them to rotate 360 degrees. I used euler for the first object and quaternion for the second. In the Viewport they rotate the same, but in the Game ...
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Move keyframes from timeline?

In Cinema 4D you can select an animated keyframe and just slide to move it directly from the timeline and all attributes like scale, rotation, position etc will be automatically adjusted to the new ...
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How to achieve this spline and particle effect

does someone have any idea of how to achieve the following effect in Blender? the source of this file is http://www.rawandrendered.com/camp-2016-titles I tried to apply curves to a deformed surface, ...
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Can you change the render seed for each frame of an animation in cycles?

When Animating using cycles, the noise always looks like it is stuck to the screen, is it possible to change the render seed for each frame?
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Scrolling credits

I used blender as all in one application. I model, animate and compose in it. Now I need to add a simple scrolling credits at the end on an animation. I want to know if there is a easy way to make ...
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Is it possible to simulate a long exposure shot in Blender?

I am well aware of the Exposure setting, however that appears to just change the luminosity of the image (doesn't make sense to have the option even there if that is all it does, any other insights?). ...
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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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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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Can modifiers such as “Subdivision” and “Array” be “animated”?

Suppose I wanted to animate an object growing out of the ground, or turning from a cube to a much smoother shape, could I animate this using modifiers and key frames? I know I can use shape keys to ...
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How to turn particle emission on/off?

Is there a way to animate whether or not a particle emitter is emitting particles at a given point in time? I'm using the particle system to animate bullets, so basically I'm trying to find a way to ...
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Rigid Simulation freezes at frame 250

Any idea of why my viewport preview of the simulation stops at 250 frames? (as you can see on the orange line on the timeline) Am I maybe missing any kind of configuration?.. It's a rigid body ...
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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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Is it possible to animate a mesh's geometry without using Shape Keys?

I would like to animate a mesh's geometry without using shape keys. Is this possible?
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How do I 'pan' the camera around an axis for an animation?

I want to be able to have the camera rotate around an axis, while still remaining pointed at the center of said axis. The camera should pan around the model in a circular motion with the model always ...
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How to delete an action?

I try to delete Action.005 permanently. But I don't know how. If I click on the X then it is still in the list. I already researched without success, I even ...
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How to loop the particle simulation indefinitely?

I've made a simple snowfall particle simulation (using gandalf3's solution: How to make particles fall like snow). Is there a way to loop the animation, so the transition between last frame and first ...
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How to smooth camera animation to have fluid feel?

When dealing with camera motion, its very sensitive to any movement discontinuities. Is there a way to easily achieve natural looking motion when dealing with complicated motion paths and timings? ...
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Animating a punctured torus

On the torus wiki page there is an animation of a punctured torus. How would one go about creating same in blender? In case someone wants to elaborate on @MutantBob shapekey sript answer here are ...
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How to make a wake behind a boat

The advanced students in my class are about to animate the dual paddle wheel steamboat 3D model that I gave them. I'm wondering if it is possible to attach a 'V' shaped wake behind it, perhaps on a ...
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2D stabilization of camera pan

I have a movie clip that pans from left to right. I've added a motion tracker to an element in the scene that is stationary. But when I apply stabilization the camera panning motion is lost. The ...
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Low FPS on Animation Playback

I have a question about animation "best practices": If I want to render my animation at 24 fps, does that mean I also need my animation preview/playback window to run at 24 fps? Some details: I've ...
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How can I generate camera shake?

I would like to generate camera shake in either a render or in BGE. How can I accomplish this?
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How could I animate a plane into a pipe and then a pipe into a torus?

I need to create an animation demonstrating UV wrapping. I want a rectangular plane to smoothly roll into a pipe (open-ended cylinder), and then the pipe to bend into a torus. How should I approach it?...
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How do I rig a BB-8 robot?

I have made a BB-8 robot from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, now I want to rig it so the head will stay on top when I move the body. Here is some reference footage of what it looks like ...
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How do I rig Walschaerts valve gear in Blender?

I'm trying to rig a Walschaerts valve gear, which looks like this: I've got some of it working, but I can't figure out how to get the combination lever (the mostly vertical bar between the wheels and ...
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How to animate a tesseract

Tesseract, an interesting analog of a hypercube type. How to animate it like 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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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 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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Video Sequence Editor - How to make subtitles?

Is there a way of adding Subtitles directly in the VSE? Or do I have to make an animation of text meshes and add it to the video via a Scene strip?
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Is there a way to convert a constraint to a keyframe?

I have a model in Blender with a full rig, including IK bones. I also have a sword with two bones, on the top bone of the sword I have a set of constraints that copy the location and rotation of a ...

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