Offset the contour of a spline?

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  03 March 2013
Offset the contour of a spline?

Hi, I try to offset the path of a spline object that I use with a sweep nurbs. So far I found that the Create Outline tool do that (creating a copy in doing so) but is not editable afterward. You dont have a slider that you can animate.

Any simple way to do this basic stuff?

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  03 March 2013
the Create outline tool is a "tool" not a generator so it's "destructive".
If you want to animate a spline changing shape, you should use the "Pose morph" tag.
Create 2 splines with the minimum and maximum shapes you want to achieve and animate the morphs using the "Strength" slider in the tag attributes.
Make sure you reset the "Set first point" of the two splines to be in the same place, and maybe "Reverse Sequence" to reverse one of the splines.

spline_morph.c4d
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  03 March 2013
or maybe will be useful - http://www.smart-page.net/smartoutline
 
  03 March 2013
Thanks!! The free plugin work perfectly. My very first plugin installed in C4D! Ah! The emotion...

Thanks Noseman, that morphing solution make a lot of sens. Also the realtime feedback is better than the plugin. That technique will be perfect to animate a logo I am doing right now. Thanks for the included scene! Very clear to follow.
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