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12 December 2001, 08:35 AM
:( hi all, i got a problem with an animation that involves a character using an object i.e. writing with a pen and then putting down the pen and picking up and using a different object for example the paper he was writing on, are there any tutorials out there for this specific type of animation problem?

12 December 2001, 08:56 AM
What software? In softimage, its quite easy to use constraints.
I could help you if its soft.

12 December 2001, 10:33 AM
Crap! forgot mention the software, Its Lightwave 6.5 I'm using :)

12 December 2001, 07:46 PM
the answer to your question is still constraints.

post it in the LW forum , somebody will surely help you.


12 December 2001, 01:45 AM
I love hidingand unhiding children --if you know what I mean...

12 December 2001, 08:17 AM
Thanks all :D

01 January 2002, 10:18 PM
LW...........I don't like shit......err it ^_^

01 January 2002, 01:07 PM
There are a few ways you can do what you are asking.

One of the simplest ways is to do a switcheroo...meaning this...

your character is holding an pen , and when he goes to put it down you Hide the Pen and place another pen on the table where you want it to be.

So there are actually 2 pens in your scene. 1 frame the display of pen one is Viaable, and the Next frame the 2nd pen as visable and the 1st one is hidden. The other way is the Constrant method, but that depends on how well it works in your Program, some get a little fussy for some reason.


Adam Klein
02 February 2002, 03:22 PM
Another option is to learn Project: messiah, you can find seats very cheap now for 1.5.7, since Project: messiah studio was released a few months ago. It is a really powerful Character Animation app, that smoothly works with LW. It allows multiple parenting among other things that LW left out.

Ada K.

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