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10 October 2004, 04:20 PM
hey all,

ok then, say i've got my character and he moves by floating a foot off the there any way i can add intertia/momentum to his lower body so his legs swing if he stops or turns quickly? would softfx\clothfx help? how about the "inertia" plugin and lastly (because its not cheap) whirley points fom worley's taft collection.

please be gentle i'm new to a lot of this stuff ;)

many thanks in advance


10 October 2004, 04:40 PM
Just setup IK on the legs and animate the Goals to make the legs sway. :)

10 October 2004, 04:48 PM
if you're using lw8 you can try the fancy new bone dynamics.

10 October 2004, 04:54 PM
wow fast replies,

larry - yep this is option number one. im looking for a technique that will use some tools i'm not famillier with. kinda a self improvement exercise. if all else fails i'll be useing ik

davew - bone dynamics you say? (reaching for the manual)

thanks a lot guys

anybody any other thoughts?


10 October 2004, 05:00 PM
Bone dynamics would be something you could try as Dave mentioned. You could also try using follower or expressions to make the IK Goal on the legs follow the body but with some delay. :)

10 October 2004, 05:20 PM
As Splingod suggested, to do this I would definately just animate them rather than leave it to dynamics. You have a lot more control and this kind of motion isn't difficult to do manually.

However. I dont want to put you off.. It's always good to learn new stuff and the bone dynamics can work great.

10 October 2004, 07:42 PM
What I try and do is experiment with doing things that cant be easily done some other way. The example of a floaty charcater is just too easily to do with a simple IK setup. What I would look at doing is thinking of things that cant be done easily using standard methods. A good example would be animating a snake or a cable along a path. Animating a character like doc oc would be challenging. Check out shots done in movies that appear difficult and see how you would replicate that. :)

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