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Armand Minotti
Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 6:55:10 pm

I'm having some trouble with the write on behavior in Motion 3. I'm trying to create your basic arrow animating along a route I traveled this past summer. I drew out the arrow with the paint stroke tool as a bezier curve and applied the write on behavior. However, the movement of the arrow is very choppy, but the motion of the map moving underneath it is fine. I've tried it manually by keyframing the last point offset of the line, but it didn't help wither. Anyone have any ideas how to smooth out this line?


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Stephen Smith
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:01:42 pm

Select the Write On behaviors speed and change it to Ease Both or Constant. Hope that helps.




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Armand Minotti
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:18:43 pm

Sadly, that didn't do it. It's like Motion isn't tweening every frame. If I move through the timeline frame by frame, the arrow will remain stationary for a number of frames and then jump forward. I don't understand why it isn't making the movement completely smooth.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:36:47 pm

Would you please post your project files so we can take a look at it?




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Armand Minotti
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:40:45 pm

Sure thing. Thanks!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1113758/motion_map.zip


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Stephen Smith
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 12, 2010 at 8:28:32 pm

That's crazy, I have no idea as to why it is doing that. I tried to recreate the problem and went a different way of building it and it looks great. I used the B-Spline tool and built about half of the arrow and it is smooth as butter. Hope this helps. I'm attaching the project file so you can look at it and build on to it if you want. I made my arrow brown so you could tell it apart.

Here is the project file: 545_ajmap2.motn.zip

Hope this helps and best of luck.




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Armand Minotti
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 13, 2010 at 4:27:34 am

Unfortunately, your files are Motion 4 and I have 3 so they won't open. I'm trying the B-Spline now. I think it's working better but I may be tricking myself in my desperation to get this working. :)

I wonder if it is an issue with Motion 3. I have 4 to install, but I had to hold off on upgrading because I've been working on a collaborative process with two Studio 2 users. It may be time to go ahead and install the upgrade in a few days. I'll keep you updated. Thanks for all the help!


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Stephen Smith
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 15, 2010 at 5:36:25 pm

Sorry, here should be a Motion 3 version.

551_ajmap2.motn.zip




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Armand Minotti
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 15, 2010 at 6:11:06 pm

Thanks, I redid them myself the other day and it does seem that B Splines work whereas Bezier Curves have that stuttery motion. I have no idea why that is, but who am I to complain. Thanks again for all of your help!


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Stephen Smith
Re: Smoothing out the Write On behavior
on Feb 15, 2010 at 8:35:50 pm

Happy to help and best of luck.





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