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  06 June 2009
Question Animate Clipping Plane?

Is it possible to animate a clipping plane type object across a model so that during the animation your seeing the model grow? For example in this video at 00:52 seconds: . How do you achieve this effect in maya, I understand that animating the camera along the model with a short near clip you can achieve this effect but how would i do this without animating the camera, as shown in the linked video?

Any ideas?

  07 July 2009
Unhappy Anyone?

nobody knows?
  07 July 2009
right click on the value and choose set key

you just need to find the sweet spot where the values show in animation

make sure you render with mental ray
  07 July 2009
Thanks Ash-Man. However, I understand how to animate the current view's clipping plane. What I'm trying to achieve is a clipping plane that you can animate through the model while the camera is stationary or spinning around the object. This would create an effect of the object growing out of thin air. The link to the video i posted earlier achieves exactly that effect at 00:52 sec.

Thanks for the help!
  07 July 2009
I'm not sure how he did it

but it looks like animated visabitly, one other option , is to place a planer projection with ramp (B+W) as your sahder transperncy
then move it
  07 July 2009
Talking yep

Yeah. That was my last resort. Very clever. Thanks a lot!
  07 July 2009
Thumbs up Finally!!!

I finally figured it out!!! So all you have to do is create a mirror cut, delete the mirror plane, select the polyCut attribute and animate it's value! So now you can spin around the object while it's being cut through. Animated sections etc.
  07 July 2009
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