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02/12/2010 01:04:16

WildCatTat
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i am new to Muvizu, totally excited and inspired by the work i see done by others and have millions of questions so to be able to do stuff myself so bear wit me!

to start with: yeah, i am a biker ...so obviously, i want to animate my girl character to ride a bike.
classic scene..the girl walks toward the bike, jumps on it (ok,ok it can just be sit on it clamly) and rides away leaving dust behind..

but here my struggles:
1. how do i walk her to the bike and have her sit on it? is that possible? (when i walk her towards the bike she stopps next to the bike, so every next animation to sit her down, makes her sit down next to the bike.. i saw the explanation how to sit the drummer in the band tutorial but the drummer was positioned correctly over the chair as a start position, not walking towards it. i wanted my girl to walk to the bike first. possible?
2. if i position her manually over the bike, i still cant make her sit in the correct riding position and height on the bike - when i put her in sitting position, she sits somewhere within the bike, not on it.
3. how to keep her grouped with the bike so they are both animated together (riding, that is)

i watched all tutorials and saw the video with a van and a driver in it so i assume nr.3 is possible but not sure how to go about it

anyone, any hints to get me started?
thanks Muvizuers
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02/12/2010 09:05:45

RightURKen
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WildCatTat wrote:

to start with: yeah, i am a biker ...so obviously, i want to animate my girl character to ride a bike.

Judgeing from your picture I assume by "bike" you mean a motorcycle and not a bicycle, correct?


classic scene..the girl walks toward the bike, jumps on it (ok,ok it can just be sit on it clamly) and rides away leaving dust behind..

I don't believe this can be done in one shot in Muvizu the way you describe it.

but here my struggles:
1. how do i walk her to the bike and have her sit on it? is that possible? (when i walk her towards the bike she stopps next to the bike, so every next animation to sit her down, makes her sit down next to the bike.. i saw the explanation how to sit the drummer in the band tutorial but the drummer was positioned correctly over the chair as a start position, not walking towards it. i wanted my girl to walk to the bike first. possible?

Walk to the bike is easy. In "Direct Character movement" just click on the movement pad under the character and drag it to the bike. Your character will walk this path.

2. if i position her manually over the bike, i still cant make her sit in the correct riding position and height on the bike - when i put her in sitting position, she sits somewhere within the bike, not on it.

Don't use the "sit" animation for this. Under "Themes" there are biker animations. "Idle" will have your character sit on the Motorcycle object perfectly.(well, not perfectly on it's own you'll have to adjust things just right) You can also try "Get into bathtub" animation to show her getting on to the Bike but you will have to cut away toward the end because it won't match the motorcycle enough, but it's close.

3. how to keep her grouped with the bike so they are both animated together (riding, that is)

This is a feature Muvizu definitely needs but doesn't have yet. Objects can be animated and Characters can be animated, but not the two together.

i watched all tutorials and saw the video with a van and a driver in it so i assume nr.3 is possible but not sure how to go about it

The van and driver from "Beware The Pie"? That was done by an advanced user who used a green screen technique with other software ( I assume after Effects) It can not be done entirely in Muvizu.

anyone, any hints to get me started?
thanks Muvizuers

Muvizu is a limited program so use your imagination to get around problems. ( It can be as simple as cutting away to another character watching the action and then cutting back to you character on the motorcycle, for example) And just keep trying new things.

edited by RightURKen on 02/12/2010
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02/12/2010 10:20:09

artpenMuvizu mogulExperimental user
artpen
Posts: 362
To use muvizu only to get your biker and bike riding off, would be to have your biker sitting on her bike, take a front
Shot, cut to a back shot, pull camera away, use the moving road to move with the camera, and use the animate object-mode to move your front background towards you aswell, a bit tricky, but will give the illusion if used with
Clever camera cuts.

Hope this helps
edited by artpen on 02/12/2010
edited by artpen on 02/12/2010
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02/12/2010 12:46:31

Emily
Emily
Posts: 346
Hi Artpen & RightURKen,

Thanks for helping WildCatTat out with this. It's good to see our users helping each other. In an ideal world we would have included animations to get on and off the bike. This is a unique area of functionality as we need to take into account the grip points of the bike, the dimensions of it, where the character would lift their leg etc...I think it was just the case that it needed to be done properly, and it would have taken some time.

I guess there was just so much ground to cover in the last while, that we can't always get everything done. I've put in a request for this and hopefully it will be in the next release.

No promises!!
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06/12/2010 14:54:23

WildCatTat
WildCatTat
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Hi RightURKen, Emily and Artpen,



you guys are lovely to have taken the time to explain how things work and your answers are very enlightening as to how to approach this. As i am new to animation i obviously need to adjust my brain that Not everything has to be animated and filmed and many things could be simply solved with 'good directing'




i will continue my journey and let you know how i do

thanks!!

wtt
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