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Mark Suszko
Billiard balls and orbits
on Sep 9, 2019 at 7:45:17 pm

I have a private low-budget project coming up, and I really don't want to take a crash course in Blender to do it in 3-d, so I'm interested in what I can pull off in Motion...

The scenes will be static compositions and motion video of what looks like macro-photography of billiard balls on a felt pool table top, eye-level snorkel-cam-type stuff, very short depth of field, moody lighting in small pools of spot lighting. The balls will have national flags mapped onto them, and some will have fake planetary terrain maps wrapped/mapped onto them. I could maybe cheat on the static shots and just warp a still onto a white sphere and adjust opacity and blending mode. But when the balls roll, the wrapped graphic obviously has to roll with them. Any tips?

Part 2 needs to animate elegant ellipses and circles to illustrate orbital paths, and as the curved lines animate I fly a virtual camera around them in "chase" mode. What shortcuts are there to let me build these orbital path lines, something like the nav displays in Kerbal? It's for a sci-fi Astrogation display.


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Vladimir Roz
Re: Billiard balls and orbits
on Sep 11, 2019 at 7:54:26 am

Hi, Mark!
Billiard ball can be made of 3D text.







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Mark Suszko
Re: Billiard balls and orbits
on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:57:20 pm

Thanks! Any links to a tutorial?


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Vladimir Roz
Re: Billiard balls and orbits
on Sep 12, 2019 at 10:46:54 am

Fox Mahoney has a lot of good 3D text tutorials.
https://www.youtube.com/user/fxmah/featured


Here is my little tutorial on how to make a ball out of a symbol.
https://youtu.be/wusj4rWYSLo


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Mark Suszko
Re: Billiard balls and orbits
on Sep 12, 2019 at 2:03:10 pm

Блестящий хак, я поздравляю вас!


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