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Animating growth ?
show user profile  marsupialmat
Hi guys

Looking to pick your grey matter on something !?

If I had a rigged character and wanted to animate him 'growing'. Say from 5 years to 16years what tools would you use.

I'm thinking about a mixture of animating bone length/width for size and morphs to control shape change !?

Any ideas much appreciated ?

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

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3/24/2009 4:19:38 AM (last edit: 3/24/2009 4:19:38 AM)
show user profile  Dave
I'm not sure how well bones + morph on the same mesh would work. (for all I know, it could be fine) but usually you'd see characters bodies rigged with bones, and the head left seperate for morph targets.

If it was me, with my limited knowledge on the subject. I'd have two characters (young/older) with two seperate rigs. Take a snapshot of the "younger" mesh, and when it's time to grow... animate the morph into a snapshot of the "older" mesh. Then obviously you'd just hide the snapshot and continue working with the rigged "older" mesh.

I'm 98% certain someone has a better solution though.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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3/24/2009 4:25:46 AM (last edit: 3/24/2009 4:25:46 AM)
show user profile  marsupialmat
Hi Dave
I'm not sure I understand where you are coming from on this as far as the transition goes!?

Morphing works fine on top of bones. You can morph any part of the mesh while maintaining the bone structure to move the character. So for instance a character growing a fat stomach. BUT I'm just not sure whether scaling bones and morphing woul be a managable and realistic way of creating growth in a character !?

As you say I'm very sure there are better ways....if this would evem work at all !?

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

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3/24/2009 5:02:59 AM (last edit: 3/24/2009 5:02:59 AM)
show user profile  marsupialmat
Bumpity bump.....


We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!

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3/24/2009 1:18:01 PM (last edit: 3/24/2009 1:18:01 PM)
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