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How can I create Light Streaks in Cycles?

I'm trying to make a light paths like there: To achieve this light threads (streaks) I used a particles emmiter with shining icospheres and motion blur shutter like Andrew. I got this result: First ...
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What is the best way to animate the camera path?

I'm modeling a car driving along a road(speeds up, slows down, and stops at traffic lights to wait till the lights turn green, etc.) What is the best way to animate the camera path for the following ...
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How to change camera movement speed on Path during animation

Im making a animation in blender that requires the camera to change speeds while moving along a path. I'm using the Curve/Path for the path. I need the camera to move at a certain speed going between ...
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Path for camera from motion equation

Is there any option in blender to define path as equation? I need to move camera by specific equation of motion. This equation is described as follows: ...
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Importing python modules and text files

I am new to blender, but not python, and have been asked to create a user-input dependent, stylized animation of a protein network I am working with: text document >> information processed by python-...
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Where is the default text object font (Bfont)?

I've found bmonofont-i18n.ttf.gz and droidsans.ttf.gz in the datafiles/fonts directory, but ...
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How can I make an object follow a path exactly

I want to make this sphere follow a path, but everything I try creates a giant distance from the actual path. I guess what I'm asking is how do I get the blue line extending from the path to the ...
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how to configure facility wide configuration files

We'd like to integrate Blender into our pipeline. With other software packages, we usually have cascading configurations: facility (eg configuring temp folders and common plugins) project (eg project ...
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How to automatically get a Add-on folder's path regardless of OS?

In Blender, is there a command to query what's the current path to the Add-on folder - regardless of what system I'm using?
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How do I get the path my script is running in?

I am writing a Quake 1 .BSP import script with python and I want to extract the textures from the .BSP so that the mesh can be ...
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Problem enabling siding generator addon

I created this siding generator and I have been adding some new features and I have encountered some problems that I just can't seem to get around. Currently it is not installing into Blender 2.72 ...
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Is it safe to delete the cache?

Does deleting the cache files in the USER directory hurt anything? The user directory where the cache in question is: ...
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Batch exporting of multiple objects into separate STL files

I have as scene with 45 objects, I am trying to write a script that will export all of the objects into separate STL files. Any ideas? Here is a broken script I have right now: ...
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How do I make a curve in the shape of a simple wave form (sine)?

I am trying to create a curve with a simple wave form to use it as animation path. Although I have a bunch of possibilities to add different curves: .. I did not find a solution yet. This is exactly ...
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Objects follow each other on a curve path

Similar question but answer does not work. - Animating a series of objects along a path independently I am trying to make the human objects (which are seperate objects) all follow each other on a ...
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how to make camera moves slower when moving along a curve

I've been looking for a solution for several hours but got no luck.. Is there a way to make the camera's footstep smaller when moving "follow path"? (camera moves along a curve) Put it another way, ...
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How to make car AI in my game?

I am making a racing game and I got a question. I want to make AI of simple street drivers(not opponents, but just simple pople). I want to know, how to make that AI that follows its path... Could you ...
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Drawing 2D lines

In this tutorial a guy draws a 2D portrait in Blender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooKF4hxjaSM The only way I can find out how to do it is by creating a Bezier and modifying it. It works but it's ...
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How does one obtain the file path of the current .blend in the bge?

Specifically, how does one obtain the path to the current .blend when the blender game engine is running?
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How do I create a squeeze tube packaging?

I've just moved from Cinema4D to Blender and I would like to create a squeeze tube where it is rounded at the bottom and tapers into a thin ellipse at the top. In Cinema4D I used a loft nurb and a ...
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How can i edit a follow path constraint with the graph editor?

I made a follow path constrait with a curve, does it already have a linear interpolation so i can edit it on graph editor? i need the linear interpolation.
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Camera - follow path and change rotation

I created the camera moving by the curve using parenting and follow path option. However, how to do so that the camera moves on this curve, simultaneously changing the rotation so that all the time it ...
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Fill along the front of a path of an SVG

I have an SVG logo, which I will import into Blender. I'm trying to think how to have the colour (not outline) fill up from left to right. I think the following steps put me on the right track, but ...
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How to get user preferences path from blender

How can I get the the user preferences path from blender, on windows system the path is %appdata%\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.74\config I want to get this path ...
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Stairs along bezier path [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out how to make a stair case along a complicated bezier curve. The stairs are just made of wooden planks, so it's simple model, I'm just having trouble keeping them all level and ...
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How to do a bezier interpolation mode animation along a path?

When I parent an object to follow a path and animate it, I only get a linear mode animation and changing that in Grapth Editor to bezier doesn't work! How to do that?
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Camera rotation over the object

I have a camera tracking an empty object on a path and when the camera above the empty its rotating. Is there an option to lock the camera?
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What are the practical differences between beziers, nurbs and paths?

I know that Beziers, Nurbs curves and Paths have different controls: Bezier handles have control over tangents, and the curve always touches the control point Nurbs curves don't touch the control ...
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What is the most accurate way to get the data path for a value?

what is the most accurate way to get the full path for a value so I can use it in a single property drivers.
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Remove extra points in export to SVG

Following this post, I exported a scene to an SVG format using the bundled add-on ("Render: Freestyle SVG Exporter"). However, when I did that I noticed that the resulting SVG has a bunch of ...
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Is it possible to export a 3D object made in Illustrator to Blender as a mesh? [closed]

I've got a logo I'm making in Blender and Illustrator. I am currently arranging the logo in Illustrator and then I save it as an SVG and import that to Blender where I extrude it. But the process of ...
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How do I set up a driver to drive a node value with a node group input? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble figuring out how to link one value to another via a driver. Here's what I'm trying to do: I'm making my own node group and I want to bypass having to tab into the group to change ...
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Get path to Blender executable

How to get Blender executable's file path in a Python script? __file__ gives me my addon's path, but I cannot be sure Blender is in the same folder tree, I guess.
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How to get a flexible tube to follow a curved path?

Problem: I'm trying to make a flexible tube follow a path I've made with the Path tool (Add > Curve > Path) but even though I've followed a variety of tutorials I can't figure out why my curve just ...
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python script that reads text file containing coordinates and creates a path/curve for object to follow

I am a highschool student working at a college's engineering department for the summer. I just began working in blender and have intermediate knowledge of python. Could anyone share a script they've ...
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External image editor not found?

When I try to quick edit in texture paint I get an error saying that it couldn't find an image editor even though there is one (see photo)
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Extend Frames On Bezier Circle Path Animation

When putting an object to follow a path on a beizer circle. The frames it takes for a full 360 motion around the circle is 100 frames (from 1 frame to 101). I was wondering if I could extend the ...
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set a property via its data path stored in a string

I have a property called A I have another property called ADP that stores the data path of A as a string How can I use the string data path to set property A? I could add "= myvar" to the end of ...
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Browse button in StringProperty FILE_PATH not working

I'm using context.window_manager.invoke_props_dialog(self) to show a property dialog. One of the things I need is an export directory, so I added: ...
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Clamping camera to path, existing keyframe positions are thrown out when path is extended?

I'm using a Clamp constraint to animate a camera along a path for a long, continuous fly-by shot with pauses and target changes along the way. I'm keyframing on the transform of the camera dolly, but ...
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Loop Actions with a Cycle F-modifier

I am about to create a ~3 minutes long forest scene with some rabbit roaming around. I created a rabbit with two animations: Sit, Walk. I then created a curve and key framed the evaluation time so ...
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How to copy an object along a path [duplicate]

I'm new to Blender, coming for 3DS Max, is it possible in Blender to copy an object along a path with specific parameters? Such as count of copies and orientation?
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Camera position and rotation while following path

I have a camera following a path, by using the "ctrl+p -> follow path" method. I noticed that during the animation, the camera position and rotation shown are constant (they are the ones the camera ...
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How do I make an object move along a path in either direction?

I'm trying to make a garage door open or close by rolling up or down like they usually do. I know how to make an object follow a path in one direction along a curve using constraints, but I need it to ...
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How to make curve closed? [duplicate]

How can I close a curve / path / to make it closed shape ?
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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 get full file path to rendered image?

I need to get full, absolute path to the image that has been rendered. Unfortunately bpy.path.abspath() returns only the folder path and not the disk. Same with all ...
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Get Blender scripts path

Is there a clean way to get the absolute path to the scripts folder for the currently running version of Blender? The following code works (on Windows) but it ...
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Let object follow joined path

Suppose I create two paths A and B, then select both paths and join them using Ctrl+J creating AB. I then want a cube to follow the joined path AB, that is first along A, then jump to and follow B. ...
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How to make an object appear/visible along a path

I want to animate a logo. I have this hexagon following a path and want the elllipse to appear after the hexagon passed this specific point of the path (making it look like the hexagon leaves a tail). ...