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Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default

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Kevin ReinerAnimating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 4:47:53 pm

Hey all,

Project - make a rotating funnel-shaped object unfold to a flat plane.

I created the funnel in Freeform. It took a while, but I'm really happy with the results. Here's the problem. To animate it unfolding back to a flat plane, I set 2 keyframes for mesh distortion and reset the 2nd keyframe back to it's default flat plane. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. It acts like a hold keyframe, making it cut from funnel to plane instead of a slow animation.

I know you can animate the mesh distortion, but it must not like resetting its values.

Anyone know what to do? I can provide more info if necessary.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Chris BobotisRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 5:10:25 pm

Hi Kevin,

Off the top of my head and without seeing the project file, you may need one more keyframe between your funnel state and the plane state.

Send the project file to me : chris@mettle.com and I will take a peak.

Cheers,
Chris
mettle.com


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Chris BobotisRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 6:33:02 pm

Hi Kevin,

Just sent you the project file... all fixed (at least I think this is what yo wanted to do).

Let me know.

Cheers,
Chris
mettle.com


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Chris BobotisRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 8:08:49 pm

Hi Kevin,

The bundled version of FreeForm will not respect user deformations when you change the number of rows and columns. Instead it will snap back to a flat shape. FreeForm Pro does... this is just one of the many things we added to FreeForm Pro.

In your case, you had set 1 row x 2 columns. Default is 2 x 2, so when you reset to get back to a flat shape from your funnel shape, you also reset it to 2 x 2. The trick is to reset and then immediately adjust the rows and columns to 1 x 2. This will respect and create the animation between the flat shape and the funnel because both keyframes now have the same number of rows and columns. As you see in the project file I sent you, this now works.

HTH

Cheers,
Chris
mettle.com


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