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Animating moving vehicle.
show user profile  Nik Clark
Hey guys,

I've been asked about how to animate car wheels rotating. The guys here want to (possibly) draw a path and have a vehicle follow it, with the wheels rotating.

Now, I know you can do something with expressions. There is something in reactor. There was some free script/plugin that let you do this.

Can anybody help me so I can be smug and a know-it-all in front of my colleagues? Animation is something I almost never do so, I am totally useless with that.

Thanks to all.



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8/24/2009 10:50:38 AM (last edit: 8/24/2009 10:53:42 AM)
show user profile  gogodr
if going to use spline just link the wheels to the car, animate the wheels rotation and then move the car.

Hello there

beautiful ;3


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8/24/2009 12:51:05 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 12:51:05 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Thanks for the reply, but the car will be slowing down, turning, speeding up, and stuff like that. We need a solution that idealy makes the car wheels turn without being animated.

There was a free script or plugin which could achieve this, but I can't find it now.

Thanks though :o)



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8/24/2009 12:56:16 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 12:56:16 PM)
show user profile  mattymoose
I thought I remembered a Grotorial on this, but I don't see it - here's one about wire parameters thats probably topical
http://www.maxforums.org/thread.aspx?tid=462397


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8/24/2009 12:57:06 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 12:57:06 PM)
show user profile  Jimboliah
This what your talking about?
http://www.karba.eol3d.com/Plugins/MadCar/

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8/24/2009 1:37:46 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 1:37:46 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Result! Thanks Jimboliah. That was the one I was thinking of. I owe you one!



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8/24/2009 1:42:57 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 1:42:57 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
you may want craft director tools 8.1 it's in a magazine sitting on my desk. to quote their marketing pitch "craft director tools is a suite of plugins for maya and 3ds max, with cinema 4d recently added to the roster. it's this new version that's on test here. the tools enable realistic vehicle and camera animations to be created quickly and easily using a built-in physics engine and motion capture technology. the list of vehicle types that craft tools is capable of animating includes cars, motorcycles, tracked vehicles, aeroplanes, helicopters and trailers. the tools are available as a bundle or can be purchased individually." it also mentions something called mx drive, which controls everything down to headlights, but doesn't give more information, and says that the craft tools can be used to control the vehicles directly (like control them with video game controls)
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8/24/2009 2:33:49 PM (last edit: 8/24/2009 2:33:49 PM)
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