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swallow-bulge effect
show user profile  threeeD
Hello everyone,

another newbie question- i want to create an effect like a snake eating a rat, the rat then moving "down" inside the snake, causing it to bulge. I guess you know what i mean ? (my english is not the best). How do i have to set up the bodies to do that ?
Thanks for any help!
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4/6/2015 8:09:33 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 8:09:33 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Use an animated FFD cage.

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4/6/2015 8:20:01 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 8:20:01 PM)
show user profile  threeeD
i think this wont look good enough, since it has to form the shape of the rat a bit and would look strange at the transition from "chewing" to swallowing (vanish). I'm sure there is a way to have the actual body deform the other from inside?
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4/6/2015 8:41:54 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 8:45:20 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Perhaps morph targets then?

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4/6/2015 8:42:26 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 8:42:26 PM)
show user profile  threeeD
(i've edited the post above - regarding one body deforming the other)
i'm not sure how morph targets would work, but it sounds too complicated, too?
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4/6/2015 8:47:14 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 8:47:14 PM)
show user profile  FX
Bulge - o -Matic ?

Should be able to get an elongated shape easy enough.

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4/6/2015 9:21:44 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 9:21:44 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Actually, morph targets would be the best and easiest; just make a morph for each foot position of the rat.

Can click a single vertex and use soft select, pushing down on the local coordinates to make each morph. Then label them nicely e.g. "LF_1" for left front position #1. and key frame them in at the right times.
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4/6/2015 9:28:23 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 9:28:23 PM)
show user profile  threeeD
BulgOMatic looks good ! I think it can be done with it. Though i'm a little disappointed..i thought something like that was an easy thing to do, using the original bodyshape, without plugins.
Another thing i thought of, if not the rat itsself, i could make a rat-shaped spline and Loft-model/animate it along the snake ?

I'll have a look at morph not familiar with it.
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4/6/2015 10:10:47 PM (last edit: 4/6/2015 10:13:26 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
"I thought something like that was an easy thing to do, using the original bodyshape, without plugins."

Maybe if you tried what Nik suggested without instantly dismissing it you might have found what you were looking for.


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4/7/2015 9:16:08 PM (last edit: 4/7/2015 9:16:08 PM)
show user profile  threeeD
thanks again everybody, i'll go through all the suggestions !
why try when i know it's not creating the effect that i want ? it's not a matter of taking advice just out of politeness.
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4/17/2015 4:22:28 PM (last edit: 4/17/2015 4:27:07 PM)
show user profile  S. Silard
You said you are newbie, thus you can not certainly know if it couldn't work, without trying it.
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4/17/2015 5:04:08 PM (last edit: 4/17/2015 5:37:29 PM)
show user profile  threeeD
welcome to the kindergarten
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4/18/2015 11:16:35 AM (last edit: 4/18/2015 11:16:35 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Hmm, much attitude. Fall hard, you will.
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4/18/2015 11:26:09 AM (last edit: 4/18/2015 11:26:09 AM)
show user profile  threeeD
i agree, he definitely will...but btw, i think you watched starwars too often :P
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4/18/2015 3:53:23 PM (last edit: 4/18/2015 3:53:23 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Seen it, I have not.

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4/18/2015 5:12:19 PM (last edit: 4/18/2015 5:13:17 PM)
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