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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby ntxdave » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:52 pm

Rich O Brien wrote:I'm saying to only way to capture the animated texture is to record the viewport.

Exporting the animation won't export the animation applied with SKMtools.


That is what I thought you were saying. What did you use to create the animated gif?
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:07 pm

It's not a gif. It's an image sequence of pngs.

If you google fire image sequence you get a result for them at opengameart

You could even try for water spray to see if you can find something for your car wash
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Maxwell Render workflow for Animator?

Postby S1919 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:58 am

RHas any one worked with Maxwell Render and this plugin?
Would be great to hear the workflow!
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Re: Maxwell Render workflow for Animator?

Postby fredo6 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:15 am

S1919 wrote:RHas any one worked with Maxwell Render and this plugin?
Would be great to hear the workflow!

I does not how how to contact Maxwell developers. So today, it is not interfaced with it.

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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby M3one » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:17 pm

This is what I've been doing lately.



Thanks for the development
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby ntxdave » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:07 pm

Nice animation. The sound affect adds a lot to it. :D
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Treadshot A1 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:49 pm

Made this animation to illustrate how an action figure of mine transforms. Haven't got it properly rendered yet, but it works.

For reference, the action figure is Trinity.

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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:55 pm

That's fab!
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby pilou » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:03 pm

What a transformer! :fro:
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby fredo6 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:27 pm

Treadshot A1 wrote:Made this animation to illustrate how an action figure of mine transforms. Haven't got it properly rendered yet, but it works.

Impressive work, both the model and the design of the animation for so many objects!

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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby ithil » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:10 pm

Hi.
My test animation.
This instruction for installation concrete build-up fireplace

PS. How I can make export a higher resolution?
I was not able to export more than 1030 pixels.
Usually I make a SketchUp render double the larger than needed for the video.
And reduce it in the video editor. To achieve a good antialiasing
https://youtu.be/qSyt4vN94VA
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby chri » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:56 pm

ithil wrote:Hi.
My test animation.


Beautiful explanation.
Any complex assembly should be explained like this.
So now,I wonder if I will not build a fireplace :mrgreen:

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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby shahram67 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:20 pm

fredo6 wrote:I would suggest that you, dear beta testers, post (almost) finished animations under this thread (as YouTube videos).

Fredo


hi all
this is my first animation in sketchup , i make it with animator plugin in sketchup, work by this plugin is very simple ,Making this animation an hour, I thank fredo6
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby fredo6 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:04 pm

Well done. really!

I may be interested by the model at some point in time, because of the hydraulic piston. Actually, this is a good sample case for more sophisticated kinematics constraints.

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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Treadshot A1 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:22 pm

Here's the result of my testing with Animator v1.5b and trial Thea. Animator tested on [SU8Free Win8] and [SU8Free Win10]. Rendering achieved with Thea calling Animator, Thea settings [IR-Presto (AO) *Interactive unchecked*, 16 samples/px], rendered on [SU8Free Win10].

Model: Data Minion Jaguar by Treadshot A1
Fine print: As per trial version of Thea, Thea rendered video is set to Unlisted, uploaded solely for purpose of reporting results of beta test, and will NOT be used when Data Minion Jaguar is released to public. Natural Rendering video will be used for public release of Data Minion Jaguar, as it does not use Thea.

Natural Rendering (Animator only)


Thea Rendering


Glitches: "Tail" part should rotate starting at 16.5 seconds. No other movements applied to "Tail", no movements referencing "Tail" geometry, "Tail" group is separate from all other components and NOT nested in any other group. Animated correctly with Natural settings; "Tail" unexpectedly moves down then snaps back into place when animated by Thea. *Note: Tail moves 180deg in Natural video, 165deg in Thea as result of trying to fix movement, angle rotated is not an error.
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby ntxdave » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:57 pm

I like them. Obviously not you first animation. Looking forward to your next animation post.
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby fredo6 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:05 pm

Treadshot A1 wrote:Glitches: "Tail" part should rotate starting at 16.5 seconds. No other movements applied to "Tail", no movements referencing "Tail" geometry, "Tail" group is separate from all other components and NOT nested in any other group. Animated correctly with Natural settings; "Tail" unexpectedly moves down then snaps back into place when animated by Thea. *Note: Tail moves 180deg in Natural video, 165deg in Thea as result of trying to fix movement, angle rotated is not an error.

That may be an issue with Thea, as it actually 'watches' the object movements.
Did you get the glitch when rendering with direct method (i.e. from Animator) or reverse method (i.e. from Thea)?

Fredo

PS: nice model and animation!
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Treadshot A1 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:54 am

fredo6 wrote:That may be an issue with Thea, as it actually 'watches' the object movements.
Did you get the glitch when rendering with direct method (i.e. from Animator) or reverse method (i.e. from Thea)?

Fredo

PS: nice model and animation!


The glitch happened when rendering from Thea (I still get Script Errors when rendering from Animator, so reverse from Thea is the way to go so far). Not entirely sure what you mean by 'watches' the movements, though. I ended up trashing the unit movement applied to the tail and creating a new rotation from scratch (hence the change in rotation angle), but that didn't solve the problem.
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Treadshot A1 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:56 pm

More testing with Animator v1.5b and trial Thea. I have no idea what Thea is doing, to be honest. At least every group moves back to its intended position right as its first unit movement starts. Also, once a group does have a unit movement applied to it, after that movement, it doesn't move about unexpectedly anymore.

Animator tested on [SU8Free Win8] and [SU8Free Win10]. Rendering achieved with Thea calling Animator, Thea settings [IR-Presto (AO) *Interactive unchecked*, 16 samples/px], rendered on [SU8Free Win10].

Model: Trinity by Treadshot A1
Fine print: As per trial version of Thea, Thea rendered video is set to Unlisted, uploaded solely for purpose of reporting results of beta test, and will NOT be used when Trinity is released to public. Natural Rendering video will be used for public release of Trinity, as it does not use Thea.

Natural Rendering (Animator only)


Thea Rendering


Glitches: Lots of things move. Not the way they should move, unfortunately.

Notes: Video length doesn't match, because the Thea video was made with Blender, at 24fps, while images were rendered at 25fps. Not a major concern.

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Attempted more testing with Thea and Animator v1.5b, with new Animator files native to v1.5b (previous examples used Animator files created in v1.4). I'm not seeing the above glitches, but it's only one animation I've done so far, so I cannot say if the unexpected movements are the result of using old Animator files or not.

Animator tested on [SU8Free Win8] and [SU8Free Win10]. Rendering achieved with Thea calling Animator, Thea settings [IR-Presto (AO) *Interactive unchecked*, 16 samples/px], rendered on [SU8Free Win10].

Model: Data Minion Eagle by Treadshot A1
Fine print: As per trial version of Thea, Thea rendered video is set to Unlisted, uploaded solely for purpose of reporting results of beta test, and will NOT be used when Data Minion Eagle is released to public. Natural Rendering video will be used for public release of Data Minion Eagle, as it does not use Thea.


Natural Rendering (Animator only)


Thea Rendering



EDIT: I am completely wrong. Files native to v1.5b can still have parts moving randomly. I tried adding an extra section to the animation of Data Minion Eagle above. A few unit movements were affected (a translation of 10mm in x direction is followed by a translation of -10mm in x direction later; for some reason the part ends up slightly shifted in the y direction, which had to be corrected with an additional movement). It looked fine in Animator, but Thea doesn't seem to match it.

I will note that in the process of rendering the animation, either Thea or Animator went haywire; I was put back into Sketchup's interface, but Animator's actions were accessible through Sketchup's Undo (pressing CTRL+Z would show the groups as they were moved in Animator, but actually moved in the sketchup model file). I couldn't get a screenshot of it; I had to close Sketchup and open a backup copy of my model/animation. I have no idea how that happened. The rendered animation below is a second attempt at rendering.



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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Treadshot A1 » Sun May 14, 2017 3:00 pm

Found a workaround with Animator and Thea rendering. Used to experience random movements of groups/components when rendering with Thea, which did not happen when rendering video with Animator's Natural rendering option. For instance, if a component rotates at 16.5s, anytime from 0-16.4s the component's position could not be relied upon, but 16.5s and onward the animation works fine (see: Data Minion Jaguar animation, a few posts up from this one). Solution: In Sketchup, place all objects in one large group, then apply an unnoticeable Unit Movement to that group at 0.0s in the timeline. In the test case below, I've used [move along Z-axis 0.1mm].

initialise_model_x.png


Test animation, Natural:

Test animation, Thea:


//SU8Free, Win8, Animator v1.5d, Trial Thea, Natural video rendered from Animator, Thea video Rendered using Animation setting in Thea Render window (Thea calls Animator).
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Lavanta » Wed May 24, 2017 3:29 pm

Thank you for posting so many videos on your projects! Really appreciate that. Especially for me as an amateur it's nice to see how other do their stuff :)
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby chri » Fri May 26, 2017 8:53 pm

Thanks Fredo

The Movement Along Path fonction is marvellous and easy to used.
Very great job and major improvement for SKETCHUP animation.
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby Charlie__V » Sun May 28, 2017 4:46 am

Experimenting......maybe an apple on head would entice..........

best regards,
Charlie

Edit: Still experimenting....revised .gif attached
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby ithil » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:13 pm

Hello. This is my test of the escalator animation.



I made a shift to the size of one step. And he turned on the replay.youtube
I tried using animation on the way but there were problems.
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby jiminy-billy-bob » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:22 am

Neat!
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Re: Animator Gallery

Postby fredo6 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:23 pm

ithil wrote:Hello. This is my test of the escalator animation.

I made a shift to the size of one step. And he turned on the replay.youtube
I tried using animation on the way but there were problems.

Very clever solution for something which is not obvious to animate a priori.

I watched your 'making-of' video. What kind of issues did you encounter?

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