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EvMatrix
04-24-2008, 12:17 AM
Hey Guys,

I need some help. I need to animate a banner unfurling. It needs to keep a rough shape, enough so that I can put text on the face of it. But it also needs to flow really loosely and organically. I've posted 2 animations. One is the flowing animation.

http://www.godspeedstudios.us/ClerkMedHiBannerTest.mov

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This is pretty good but I need to loosen up the joints. The 2nd is the unfurling. I need my flowing cloth to follow this shape but not too closely.

http://www.godspeedstudios.us/UnfurlBlast.qt

I've tried animating the unfurling and attracting an Ncloth to it, but it gets bunched up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Evan
EvMatrix@gmail.com
310-508-8687

dan1el
04-24-2008, 12:19 PM
definitely a job for nCloth
wind attribute and some pin contraints, maybe with spring constraints aswell.

I saw a Maya tutorial from Alias/Autodesk once with a pirate flag which did something quiet similar.

kyleb2112
04-25-2008, 12:12 AM
I would use ncloth and flood 100% input mesh attract so that the cloth follows the polys exactly. Then paint lower values on the input mesh attract where you need it to flow. That would give you a lot of control of exactly what is moving and how much. I've had a lot more success painting values like this than with the various ncloth constraints. Time spent up front on the initial poly animation to make sure nothing is intersecting can save a lot of ncloth troublshooting on the back end. Though you may not even need any ncloth collisions turned on in this case.

EvMatrix
04-25-2008, 12:17 AM
Thanks. I'll give it a shot

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