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Chris Schraders
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Username: Chrispy_twitch

Post Number: 7
Registered: 10-2011
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 - 09:41 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi team

Any chance we will see some animation tutorials for FormZ7 soon?

I have played around with it but have been unable to get it to do what I want it to (e.g. the components in my animation group all change their orientation when I get them to follow a path and other odd things) - I think a tutorial or two would be great.

Thanks
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patrick charoin
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Username: Pkcn

Post Number: 12
Registered: 09-2012
Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 06:35 am:   Edit Post Print Post

We need too!

For the first time, we would like to produce a simple animation for a client presentation.
Just moving the camera and the target...it was really a pain to produce smooth movements.
For a beginner, the animation editor seems very confused for making even small changes.
The animation guide user provides short tutorials , but is not enough for understanding the basic workflow.
Some video tutorials or webinar would be welcome.
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support@formZ.com
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Username: Tech

Post Number: 18062
Registered: 04-2001


Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 - 08:54 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Chris & Patrick,

There are many animation videos that you can find here:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEF4E89FBDF4318F1&feature=plcp

These videos are for formZ 6, but this applies 99% to formZ 7.

We will be working on shorter more specific animation videos in the future, but these are not ready yet.

In addition, if you are trying to animate the camera, the following tech note should help:

With formZ version 6.0 and later, animation has been greatly enhanced.  In addition to still being able to animate cameras as you have done with previous versions, Objects, Lights, Surface Styles, and other parameters may be animated as well.  formZ allows you to animate them as you have done in the past, and you can also animate them as you would any other object.  Here is how you can do this:

Option 1:  Animating from keyframes (similar to previous versions):

Save all of the desired (keyframe) views in your Views Palette, and select them in the desired order (using  the checkmark to the right of the view name in the palette, or by graphically selecting them in the screen).  Get the Animate Entities tool and click in the screen, and select the desired options.  Click OK, and a new view will be added to the bottom of your View Palette.  Make this view Active, and then you can scrub your timeline or click the Play button see the view animate.

(To affect the velocity, you can either space your keyframes appropriately, or after the animation is generated, you can move the keyframes from within the Animation Timeline to adjust this as you would like.)

Option 2:  Keyframing a camera (view):

Save a view in the Views Palette and make it visible so you can see the camera.  Click on the camera with the Keyframe Tool.  Move the timeline, and then move the camera.  Move the timeline again and move the camera again if desired.  Scrub the timeline, or click Play to see the view animate.

Option 3:  Animating along a path:

Draw a 2d (open or closed) polyline or curve to serve as your animation path.  Get the Animate Along a Path tool, choose the desired options, click on a View, and then click on the path.  (When selecting these options, you may wish to select Tangent: +Z, Up Axis: +Y.)

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Note that for both Options 2 and 3, you can Keyframe the entire camera, just the Eyepoint, just the Center of Interest, or both independently if you like.

Once you have previewed your animation and have everything as you would like, you can select Generate Animation from the Display Menu to save this as an animation file.  We generally recommend saving this as a FAN file with compression set to Off, or Deflate.  Once this is generated, you can use the File Menu: View File command to play back the animation.  You can then use the File Menu: Export Animation to export the FAN file to a Quicktime Movie file (MOV), to a wide variety of image file formats, or if you are on Windows, you can also export this to an AVI file.  Note that with MOV or AVI, you can select from different CODEC options, which will affect the quality and size of the resulting animation.

With formZ version 7, you can simply right click on any tool and choose Manual to access the full documentation for this item.  See also Chapter 7 of your User's Manual for details on animation, especially section 7.5.4 for  details on animating cameras, and / or the animation tutorials at the end of this section.

Does this help?
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Yehzap
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Username: Yehzap

Post Number: 5
Registered: 10-2006


Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 08:16 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Very strange; I tried option 2 but in the timeline there are no key points added. Actually, nothing happen.
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support@formZ.com
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Username: Tech

Post Number: 18085
Registered: 04-2001


Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 08:41 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Yehzap,

If you check the Animation Editor, do you see your camera added to the list on the left side? If not, then your camera has not been keyframed properly. Try clicking on the camera again using the default Keyframe Options:

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Yehzap
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 10-2006


Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

yes, the camera is listed in Animation Editor. But, still nothing happens.
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support@formZ.com
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Post Number: 18087
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:43 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Can you zip and post a little file that is not working so we can see what you have so far?
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Yehzap
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Post Number: 7
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:34 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Here the small file as asked for.
application/zipkeyframe problem
keyframe problem.fmz.zip (30.5 k)
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support@formZ.com
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Post Number: 18090
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:40 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Yehzap,

This is working fine for us. Did you perhaps disable the Auto Keyframe feature (shown in the bottom center of this screen capture)?

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Yehzap
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 10-2006


Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Print Post

No, i did nothing. everything looks the same. Shall i delete preference file first and then check again?
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support@formZ.com
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Post Number: 18091
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post Print Post

If you open your file and move the camera (with the Move Tool) and you are not getting a keyframe, then yes, quit formZ, rename the autodessys: formZ 7.0 folder, and try again...
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Yehzap
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I did and this works. Thank you for the support.
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support@formZ.com
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Post Number: 18092
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post Print Post

When you say "did this" do you mean just moving the camera -- or did you need to reset the prefs?