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Edmond Leung
balloon floating around with string
on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:08:09 pm

Hi,

I am trying to animation some balloon floating around and hope to have the string float with the balloon movement without key animating the string. Any idea would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Edmond



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Francois Sugny
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 3:34:59 am

Just use a maya hair to simulate the string
should work just fine



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Edmond Leung
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 5:25:23 am

Is it possible to attach an object to the end of the string (maya hair) so it will move with the string?

Thanks a lot.





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Francois Sugny
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 5:29:32 am

yep of course
might need to constraint a locator onto your mesh
and attach the hair to the locator but def possible :)



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Edmond Leung
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 5:33:11 am

Thank you for the tip and quick response. Almost do simple animation with Maya and never really had the chance to learn other features.

Thanks again.





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Edmond Leung
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:48:19 pm

I have used Maya Hair and "Make Selected Curve Dynamic", then group the base of the hair to the bottom of the balloon, extrude a small retangle along the curve. It works beautifully.

However now I need to attach an object which is "tied" to the bottom (loose end of the string, not bottom of the ballon). I tried make a planar surface at the bottom end of the extruded tube with history intact and Point Constraint the object to the planar surface. It seems to work somehow but there are frames that the object snapped back to the original position. Also the object is not rotating along with the end of the string.





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Edmond Leung
Re: balloon floating around with string
on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:51:59 pm

I used just duplicate surface curve on the extruded surface instead of make planar. It seems to work fine now. Next is the rotation of the object.





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