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Rigging a Banana... Any advice?!?
show user profile  urbanknight83
I am fairly new to 3Ds Max (mainly a Maya user) but have to animate the peeling of a banana in 3Ds Max and have no clue how to begin! Considering it doesn’t have clearly defined joints, I’m really struggling figuring out how to rig and/or animate it. I just have to show the peeling back of one segment of it. I already have it modeled and have the segment that needs to be animated as its own mesh. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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6/18/2010 3:15:32 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 3:15:32 AM)
show user profile  jareu
rather easy. model the banana with its four sides sealed up. then copy it and without changing the number of polygons, move the polygons that make up the skin to make it look like its peeled, so that you have one peeled and one unpeeled banana. then assign a morpher modifier to unpeeled banana and choose the peeled one as a target. going from 0 to 100 percent should give the effect your after

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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6/18/2010 6:54:32 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 6:54:32 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Or you can use a Path Deform on an Element sub-selection:

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6/18/2010 7:59:09 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 7:59:09 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
I've never seen the path deform used in that manner before.
Very nice!
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6/18/2010 8:15:34 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 8:15:34 AM)
show user profile  jareu
holy shit dude

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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6/18/2010 9:56:58 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 9:56:58 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Wow. That is something I never considered. Garp, you da man!

I wish all your Jings were available in one spot, they are a really valuable learning resource. In a perfect world, they would all be uploaded to a youTube channel or something like that.

Is it possible to save Jings?


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6/18/2010 10:02:50 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 10:02:50 AM)
show user profile  Garp
"Is it possible to save Jings?"

You can go to your temporary internet files and drag it to your desktop.
It works for a bunch of 'unsavable' things.

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6/18/2010 11:03:42 AM (last edit: 6/18/2010 11:04:00 AM)
show user profile  Dave
Or just dive through the source, find the direct URL. Paste it into a notepad, save it out as a .html, open it, right click the link > save target.

Long winded... but it's what I used to do.

Alternatively, it might be easier for the poster to just provide a direct "Download" link to the .swf underneath the embedded clip.

For example:


"I flew over Egypt once"

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6/18/2010 12:12:33 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 12:14:13 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Thanks, Dave!

Garp, you really should compile a web page with all these on. They are such useful resources that are lost as soon as the thread disappears. You've done loads of them.

Have you got access to a list of them all or anything like that? I'd love to see a page with them all compiled together.

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6/18/2010 12:24:20 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 12:24:36 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Firefox has some addons that allows you to save .flv's to the harddrive. Works on pretty much any flash video site.

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6/18/2010 12:41:11 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 12:41:11 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I think I'll save them from now on, but these are such a great resource, we really need to get them all in one place.

Garp, is this possible?

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6/18/2010 12:56:16 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 12:56:16 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
pay for him to buy the proper one :)

nice technique tho

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6/18/2010 1:20:25 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 1:20:25 PM)
show user profile  Garp
After recording, Jing pastes to the clipboard either the link to the embedded video or the direct link, but not both. Which means I have to go to my screencast account, find the video, copy the direct link, etc.
These are meant to be quick tips. They are video because (a) Jing exists, (b) I find it easier to tell things that way. There are tons of very good written explanations that get lost all the time.
I'll try to go through the videos on screencast and name/sort them. But most of them are either junk or irrelevant out of the thread context.

Edit: I realize that the direct link is in the embedded video link. So Dave's solution sounds good.

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6/18/2010 1:40:51 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 2:16:31 PM)
show user profile  del3d
said this before twice I think. Garp's a wizard! ;)

What about member tutorials? Why not stick them in there?
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6/18/2010 3:22:19 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 3:22:19 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
Mad skillz Garp!

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6/18/2010 3:56:46 PM (last edit: 6/18/2010 3:56:46 PM)
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