Animating retractable lightsaber

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Animating retractable lightsaber

Postby matsuo_lano » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:30 am

Hi,

Like the topic said, I want to try and achieve this (I hope rather simple) animation. The idea is to render it with SUPodium when finished. Since this uses scenes for rendering, I found out that Fredo6's animation plugin wouldn't be the right one. Any other plugins I can use?
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Re: Animating retractable lightsaber

Postby Mike Amos » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:01 pm

How about sketchup scenes? Different lengths of 'blade' on different layers, switch off all but the one you want for each 'frame'.
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Re: Animating retractable lightsaber

Postby pbacot » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:30 am

Could one use the section animation for this. Two scenes with different section cuts. Wouldn't SU animate the transition?
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Re: Animating retractable lightsaber

Postby solo » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:51 am

Technically, a lightsaber beam is about 3ft so from off to fully extended it would take 3.0501e-9 or 10 to the 9 nanoseconds. An animation is what 30 frames per second? so it would take way less than a single frame to extend, no need for animation, render it off then on, there is no visible transition. :puke: :mrgreen:
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Re: Animating retractable lightsaber

Postby matsuo_lano » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:09 pm

Well, I've decided to ditch animating it all together and just make a simple render. Will post it in a few!
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