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enibic
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Registered: ‎03-15-2012

animated keyframe and particle flow

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03-15-2012 12:35 PM
hi everybody, first of all i'm using pflowbox #2 #3.

I have a grid of box particles made with birth group from a array of boxes.I keyframe 1 boxe of the array (for example goes up then down) and I want this animation to be duplicate on all my particle so I can control wich particle play the animation with a test collision with another object for example. I haven't find a way to do this with default operator, does this require a script ? anyone have to do the same in the past ?

thx guys.
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krueger_1
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Re: animated keyframe and particle flow

03-15-2012 01:02 PM in reply to: enibic
I don't think I completely understand what you mean, can you describe it again? Maybe add some pictures for a visual?
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enibic
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Re: animated keyframe and particle flow

03-15-2012 02:00 PM in reply to: enibic
The simple example is a cube wave, made with a single goes up then goes down back to original position animation. In the picture attached I added a rotation of 90°. the animation start when collision encounters with box gizmo. the thing is I know how to do this with force like push or attached to a surface, and a spin operator, but i need more complex animation and the easiest way to do this is by keyframe.

the second thing is that at a time all the cubes start to fly around and to turn around a sphere like a vortex of cubes. this second thing could only be done by particles.

so instead of using a script like keyshifter for shifting in time animation of objects (creating cube wave), and then swithcing to particle for making cubes fly, i prefer to do all my work in particle. So for the first part, I need to find a way to use a keyframe animation made on a single object on my particle. The things that I'll find awesome, is an operator where i can pick an object of my scene, and it will paste this object animation on my particle (obviously animation is relative to particle postion), the cherry on the sundae would be to choose the range of the object animation.

hope i'll made it clearly, thx

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Re: animated keyframe and particle flow

03-15-2012 03:56 PM in reply to: enibic
I have a better idea now of what you want. But can you describe the animation you need for the first part? It sounds like you need a specific setup and the animation could determine how to set it up.
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enibic
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Re: animated keyframe and particle flow

03-16-2012 03:20 AM in reply to: enibic
I don't know yet the animations I will use, i'm just starting the project. But most of them for the first part, will be simple move/scale/rotate , the goal is to make nice wave.

ok i'v just find a way to repeat a keyframe position animation with the speed by icon operator. next rotation and scale ! :smileyhappy:
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Re: animated keyframe and particle flow

03-16-2012 10:59 AM in reply to: enibic
One way you can approach it is to use a point cache modifier on an object. After you save your cache file, you can use that object as a shape instance. And selecting Animated Shape will transfer the animation to your particles.
3ds Max 2009 SP1, 2010 SP1
Maya 2012
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Dual Intel Xeon E5520, 6 GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 OC
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