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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:29 pm

carloshmejia wrote:First of all thank you for your amazing plugins.
I am learning to use Animator. For some reason my original position changed and now it not correspond to my model. Are there a way to reset or change the original position of my clip?

Probably not...

There is a Positioner facility in Animator (4th icon), allowing you save and restore the position of objects. It is a good idea to save the position of objects before you start building animations.

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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby itaipeter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:13 pm

fredo6 wrote:The picto is explicit



Hello Fredo, thanks for the extension it's amazing and simple to use.
I'm having difficulty using the appearance function. for some reason, it doesn't work as it should.
I've messed with it in this project and suddenly as working the function refused to work with disappearing components.i've made a short video to explain.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:20 pm

itaipeter wrote:The picto is explicit

Your video cannot be accessed. Maybe it is private.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby itaipeter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:59 pm

fredo6 wrote:
itaipeter wrote:The picto is explicit

Your video cannot be accessed. Maybe it is private.


it should work now. thank you
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:36 pm

I am not sure I understand the problems from the video.

Maybe posting the model would help so that I can have a look.

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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby itaipeter » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:30 pm

update:
I've created a new file for trying the disappear apparition option and it worked perfectly.
somehow it's my file that is not corresponding with the plugin. I tried to delete all layers and purge the file but it didn't help.

here is another video to show that. (in this one the animator doesn't even react)


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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby dennis1313 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:45 am

Can I create a custom easing curve? Dennis
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby dennis1313 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:59 pm

Let's start with this - Your Animator product is awesome.....

I do have a question - can the user create their own custome "easing" timeline? I have a need for a custom timeline for a project i am working on. Have you thought about an "easing" timeline that doesn't go from 0-to-1 but from 0 to some other value. I am thinking of something like a two cycle sinewave or a path that starts at zero and damps out at the end to .5 Think of the things you could move around with that - the possibilities are almost endless. You can do almost anything with the tools you have provided but a custom easing would allow MANY things to be done in one step that now take many steps.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:13 pm

dennis1313 wrote:Let's start with this - Your Animator product is awesome.....
Thanks for the positive appreciation.


dennis1313 wrote:I do have a question - can the user create their own custom "easing" timeline?

This is in my plan, and more generally, to provide a framework to vary all variables through time. I mainly need to build a GUI for that.

Are you interested in custom easing for movement or for cameras?
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby jani151 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:58 pm

fredo6 wrote:
wanniya wrote:Is there any way to work with section plane animation?


This is coming in a new release tomorrow.

Fredo

Animator - Apparition.gif


Animator - Apparition 2.gif


Hi Guys, Can you guide me to create the animation using section plane along with the path in different SketchUp styles [i.e x-ray, hidden line, wireframe, etc]. Actually, I want to create an animation of water flow through the pipe in sketchup[similar to blender].

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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:04 pm

You need to be more precise in your request...

Here is the video on movement apparition

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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby RobSpycacher » Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:13 pm

Test2.mov
Hi Fredo,
AS stated before, the animator is a good program but I have BIG issues.
I am also willing to pay for the full version but only if I am sure it is working.
I have started several works and every time I close the work and Sketchup file; opening the file again the models have changed positions and movements are starting and heading in the wrong direction. E.g. I made the APPARITION of the pipework above ground in a construction site and TRANSLATION of the same pipework placing it below gound. Next time I open the file and activate Animator the sequence places the pipework in the correct position and translation it well below underground (disappearing below the same distance I selected in the beginning). Some other scenes disappear completely.
I have tried several approaches, changes of parameters, etc in Animator and wasted a lot of time trying to correct it. I can't find a solution to it even if, as said, I started from zero.
Fortunately I made a test video with the sought result and a test (1) video with the wrong results (2) see attached
I am using MacBook Pro, Big Sur IOS 11.4. SketchUp Pro 2020 and your latest (I presume) Animator 3.5a - 28 May 21 version

Im sorry I have to be so blunt but I need help solving this issue.
I appreciate your time and help.
Thank you
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby RobSpycacher » Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:26 pm

This is the second video with the correct result
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby HornOxx » Wed Feb 23, 2022 8:53 pm

hi all - recently I finally found a start with this impressive tool - thanks Fredo! and in the meantime I'm already getting, at least by my standards, quite impressive results.
My 2 questions today are:
Is it possible to assign the same kind of movement already assigned to one group to one or more other groups later on? - in some kind of "animator-properties-copy-paste"?
and my 2nd really stupid question:
even if I delete movments which I often do as I am still learning, the list so far made moves is growing and growing - is there an intention or a benefit associated with this list which I don't recognise?
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Thu Feb 24, 2022 4:10 pm

HornOxx wrote:Is it possible to assign the same kind of movement already assigned to one group to one or more other groups later on? - in some kind of "animator-properties-copy-paste"?

There is a Copy button in the sequence editor. It copies the sequence parameters and let you change the selected object(s).

Animator - Copy Sequence.png


HornOxx wrote:even if I delete movments which I often do as I am still learning, the list so far made moves is growing and growing - is there an intention or a benefit associated with this list which I don't recognise?


You can manage and cleanup the sequences with the Maintenance dialog (click on the button in the main palette).

Animator - Maintenance button.png


This dialog shows all sequences, where they are used, and which one are no longere referenced in animation clips (so you can purge them).

Animator - Maintenance dialog.png
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby HornOxx » Fri Feb 25, 2022 9:17 am

:thumb: :thumb: thank you for these helpful screenshots! (no idea why I didn't find these options!).
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby HornOxx » Fri Feb 25, 2022 4:07 pm

fredo6 wrote:...There is a Copy button in the sequence editor. It copies the sequence parameters and let you change the selected object(s).

... sorry, I still need a little help here please :D ;) ok, I managed to find and ckick this Copy-button :D but I am not able to figure out the procedure of linking (pasting) this onto another group now.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:38 pm

HornOxx wrote: ok, I managed to find and ckick this Copy-button :D but I am not able to figure out the procedure of linking (pasting) this onto another group now.

Just remove the selection (with button) and select other object(s)
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby ntxdave » Sat Feb 26, 2022 5:09 pm

fredo6 wrote:
HornOxx wrote: ok, I managed to find and ckick this Copy-button :D but I am not able to figure out the procedure of linking (pasting) this onto another group now.

Just remove the selection (with button) and select other object(s)


Perhaps you could create an example and post it here. I would try it myself but my laptop died and my iPad is all I have to work with right now.
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Fredo6: Animator v3.6a

Postby Dorjiw » Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:07 pm

I have recently installed the Fredo6 Animator and as per the information, its validity will expire end of this month. So does it mean that this animator cannot be used after March 2022? Or will there be a new version of this animator that needs to be purchased?
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Re: Fredo6: Animator v3.6a

Postby fredo6 » Mon Mar 07, 2022 4:46 pm

Dorjiw wrote:I have recently installed the Fredo6 Animator and as per the information, its validity will expire end of this month. So does it mean that this animator cannot be used after March 2022? Or will there be a new version of this animator that needs to be purchased?

I will publish an updated version by then.

I keep expiration dates for some plugin to maintain a reasonable support to recent versions.
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Re: Fredo6: Animator v3.6a

Postby Dorjiw » Mon Mar 07, 2022 8:39 pm

I have a further inquiry on animation using the Animator. If I make a streetscape with cars on the street in the animation, how do I group the sequence and clip? The Animation of a car ( car motion and wheels turning) will be in a group and then another car animation in another group. I have a bit of confusion about how to create several cars animation using the animator.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Dorjiw » Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:26 am

I have been using animator for the last few weeks for streetscape with cars movement. I have a few queries in this regard as I have not been able to move forward efficiently due to issues.
I created car motion animation and set everything ( such as positioner and motion using 'on path tool') and works fine initially and then save the file.

Then every time I open the files, the cars would have moved from their initial positions or the car would have rotated. I keep adjusting this and have not been able to move forward.

I may be missing some steps. Does this issue occur with other users as well?

The second query is about the 'Tools on surface' plugin that I have installed to create car animation on the path. This plugin will have to be purchased as per the comments I saw earlier. So if I buy the latest plugin, will this affect the car animation created?
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Mon Mar 21, 2022 1:14 pm

Dorjiw wrote:I have been using animator for the last few weeks for streetscape with cars movement. I have a few queries in this regard as I have not been able to move forward efficiently due to issues.
I created car motion animation and set everything ( such as positioner and motion using 'on path tool') and works fine initially and then save the file.

Then every time I open the files, the cars would have moved from their initial positions or the car would have rotated. I keep adjusting this and have not been able to move forward.

I may be missing some steps. Does this issue occur with other users as well?

In general, it is a good idea to save the initial position of all objects with the SAVE POSITIONNER (last button in the toolbar), so that you can restore it whenever something becomes messy.

Dorjiw wrote:The second query is about the 'Tools on surface' plugin that I have installed to create car animation on the path. This plugin will have to be purchased as per the comments I saw earlier. So if I buy the latest plugin, will this affect the car animation created?

It should not. The licensing is independent from the plugin functionality.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Dorjiw » Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:05 pm

Thank you so much for the prompt reply.

It seems like the new version of animator is out.If I update the old version, I just hope that the work that I have done is not affected.
If you could please recommend comprehensive tutorial videos on using animator.i have watched most of your tutorials on animation.

As for the tool on surface plugin, when is the last date for purchase? And will the process for installation be same like the intial one.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby fredo6 » Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:14 pm

Dorjiw wrote:It seems like the new version of animator is out.If I update the old version, I just hope that the work that I have done is not affected.

it should not

Dorjiw wrote:If you could please recommend comprehensive tutorial videos on using animator.i have watched most of your tutorials on animation.

I posted a few videos in the Tutorial thread, but nothing comprehensive yet.
You could also have a look at a good video by TutorialsUp.




Dorjiw wrote:As for the tool on surface plugin, when is the last date for purchase? And will the process for installation be same like the initial one.

The licensing is independent from the downloading and upgrading.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Box » Tue Mar 22, 2022 5:21 am

Fredo, I haven't looked too hard yet, but is there an option to add animated geometry from one model to another?
For example you have created a walking figure in one model and a forklift in another model, can you combine the two models without having to start from scratch with the one you insert into the other?
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:25 pm

@Box

There's no way I know of nesting a .skp with animation data into another .skp file and have that file 'see' the animation data.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Box » Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:37 pm

Thanks for letting me know Rich, I can stop looking for it.
Have to prod Fredo with it as a feature request.
I often work with things in multiple files and it would be nice to be able to combine them, and build up a collection of insertable components with predefined animation properties.
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Re: [Tips] Animator Tips and Tricks

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:42 pm

Yeah, I once made a series of animated files I wanted to merge. I thought the [filename].animator file that is saved with the .skp would contain something I could import but no luck.
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