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Mike MacKenzie
How to animate coin settling after spin?
on Apr 4, 2011 at 2:33:18 am

Hey everyone...

This is hard to describe, but you are all familiar with the motion I am trying to animate:
Spin a coin on a table. Once it begins to lose its momentum it wobbles and falters, spinning so that a rotating portion of the rim is in contact with the surface of the table until it comes to a rest laying flat. That's what I have been asked to animate in AE. Not a simple y-axis spin, that's easy, but the settling down part. this would be an overhead view so that when it settles we are looking at a circle (it's actually a circular logo I am animating, not a coin, so extrusion isn't necessary).

I can do it in CS5, or CS3/Invigorator.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
-Mike

Motion Graphics Designer / Art Director
Boston, MA

System:
Mac/Leopard
2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
10 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: How to animate coin settling after spin?
on Apr 4, 2011 at 6:07:09 am

It's easier to animate with a reference - shoot a coin spinning and dropping on a table from above, import that in AE and animate over- that's the first thing that comes to mind.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Andrej Spilevoj
Re: How to animate coin settling after spin?
on Apr 4, 2011 at 8:56:16 am

I personally would do that in Cinema 4D. Andrew Kramer explains similar effect with other object. However it is exactly what he is doing- spinning object which falls in the end.


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Cassius Marques
Re: How to animate coin settling after spin?
on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:23:44 pm

I did a quick parenting file, just showing how I could do it...take a look, see if it helps.

2151_coin.aep.zip


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Mike MacKenzie
Re: How to animate coin settling after spin?
on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:11:17 pm

Thanks everyone..I had my C4D guy take a stab at it, worked out ok. Thanks especially for the parenting file, I really appreciate your help.

Motion Graphics Designer / Art Director
Boston, MA

System:
Mac/Leopard
2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
10 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM


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