Questions tagged [animation]

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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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How to rearrange poses in Pose Libraries?

In Blender Pose Library i want to rearrange poses. I would have created poses for lip synk say "a" "e" "i" etc. And later i have a new pose "aaa" a relative of "a" so would like to add it just after "...
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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 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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How can I copy all selected Keyframes?

I tried to select a few keyframes and copy them at a later position in the dope sheet, but only a single finger was copied. Probably all keyframed items must be selected before copy and paste, how can ...
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Animating slicing up an object

I'm animating slicing up something like this along the y axis: I'm going to shave slices off the front until the whole block is gone. My understanding is that the only way to do this is by having ...
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Keyframe not animating bone from initial position?

I'm new to blender and even newer to animation. I was working on animating my enemy model for the game I'm developing and everything went fine with the right leg. However, when I went to edit the ...
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Offsetting animation

I have grouped together (CtrlG) aome animated meshes (9 of them) and I have used the graph editor (F-curve modifier) to cycle them through my animation but is there a way to offset them so they move ...
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Is it possible to render only keyframes from Dope-sheet?

I want to render only keyframes from Dope-sheet without the in-between frames. Effectively creating hold of last keyframe till there is new keyframe by re-saving (not re-rendering) the previously ...
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How to toggle between Flat and Smooth shading during animation?

The Edge Split modifier doesn't give me desired results (even with angle set to 0 it looks different).
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How to add keyframes for multiple objects at once

I've got about 200 objects for which I want to insert location/rotation keyframes. Is there a way to add a keyframe for all of the selected objects?
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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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Export rigid (non-skinned) animation from Blender for consumption by AssImp

I am trying to get simple animations to work, exporting from Blender and importing into my application. My first attempt was as follows: Open Blender at factory settings. Select the default cube and ...
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How can you animate time? [duplicate]

I've tried animating the "Time Remapping" settings, but get the "property cannot be animated" message. Is there a way to animate the time of a scene?
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Is it possible to pin distinct Bones of a Model to a Plane while posing?

I need several poses and would like to know if whether it would be possible to pin the feet or hands of a model to a plane (as floor or wall) while animating excercises like squat or push-up ? If IK ...
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How can I animate object properties in Blender?

I was wondering if there was a method to alter object settings at a set point in an animation in blender. For example, I want to make the color of an object blue for the first 20 frames, but after 20 ...
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Is there a way to lock bones property from getting keyed. In Auto Key mode?

If lock the property right now it just prevents me from manipulating it but when i key it keys all the location rotation and position channels.
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How to animate layers in Blender 2.6

I remember being able to animate layers using keyframes in some previous Blender release. Now if I try to add a keyframe to an object layer I get the following error message : ...
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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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Set existing animation start frame with script

I have an object, which has two keyframes to make a short animation. I have a script which duplicates this object and its animation and changes the start frame of the animation. I currently have this ...
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How to animate vertex color of an object?

Is it possible to animate the vertex color of an object?
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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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Execute function on object property change

I'm searching an equivalent to the observer design pattern. I want to execute a script function every time an object position changes. To achieve this there might be some options directly in blender ...
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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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How can I transition between two shapes?

What would be the best way to animate a smooth transition between a mostly normal hand and a large blade? (The blade is part of the arm.) Something like clayface or prototype?
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Play 1000 Frames Per Second in Blender

I am trying to animate using Blender. I want to play 1000 frames per second, but Blender only seems to allow a maximum of 120. I am not super conscious about quality but I have thousand different ...
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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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Midi driven animation in blender 2.6

I am looking around for a script that will allow me to trigger animation based on a file input. I'm using blender 2.67b, all the scripts I have seen are for 2.49. Any suggestions?
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How to create a script that connects points in an animation?

I want to create a script driven animation with Blender. I want to create an animation of lines connecting a bunch of vertices. Is it possible to do this? How would I change the properties of the ...
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How can I export multiple animations into one .x file?

When I export my models and animations I use a .x (Direct X) format. I can see how this format could accommodate multiple animations. However, I can't get Blender to export anything other than the ...
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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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Is there a working extension to import Kinect skeleton data as animation into Blender?

I already tried Bloop which would end in rewrite lots of C++ and Phyton code. The issues with bloop are described here im-so-annoyed-im-resurrecting-this-blog. For other things like RGBDemo the ...
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Why can't I have an inflow with an animated mesh output to local coordinates?

If I check Export Animated Mesh for an Inflow in fluid dynamics, I lose the option of using local coordinates. Why? What can I do about it?
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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 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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Is it possible to set a global Blender preference so that all keyframed motion is linear by default?

I've been working on some animations recently, and I've noticed that I'm having poor luck with certain things, namely the fact that I don't really use Blender's graph editor very well. One of the ...
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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 can I animate my Cycles shaders?

For a scene, I have to change shader parameters (using nodes in Cycles) as time goes on in the scene. I've looked for a node that inputs a time sweep or frame number, but neither is available in ...
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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 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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