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Kyle SowdenMoving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 7, 2011 at 7:16:10 pm

I'm in C4D, i've made a spinning circle coming from one direction then text spins in from another direction to 'stick to' it.

But now I want to spin the circle AND the text away together. But they're anchor points are in different places.

How would I change them?

Or how would I keyframe a 'group objects' because this seems to have the same effect, but messes with my earlier keyframes


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Adam TrachtenbergRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 7, 2011 at 10:31:05 pm

Probably the easiest way would be to put both objects inside a null. Animate them separately for the individual movement and then animate the null to move both together.


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Kyle SowdenRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 8, 2011 at 4:09:05 am

That sounds like it would work :D I'll try that now


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Kyle SowdenRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 8, 2011 at 4:45:07 am

Okay, i've tried what you said and it seems to work, except for the fact that the anchor, or rotation point is always at the bottom of the circle. I need it at the centre of the circle.

Even when I change the anchor point with the object axis tool, the circle just jumps up so that the anchor point is still at the base of the circle


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Steven MacKenzieRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 8, 2011 at 7:03:02 pm

Try setting your timeline to frame 0, create a new Null Object, set its position to the center of the circle (or where ever you want the anchor point/rotation point to be) then make the object that you want to rotate a child of the Null by dragging it under the layer.

At this point I used a little xpresso to link the object. Right click on the rotation property you animated in the main circle, select "Animation > Set Driver" then select the same rotation property in the null, right click it and select "Animation > Set Driven"

Let me know if this helps at all. I'm also attaching the file I used to trouble shoot.

Cheers!
Steve

2758_cubes.c4d.zip


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Kyle SowdenRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 9, 2011 at 5:59:52 pm

Sorry, as soon as I add the objects under the 'null object' the objects jump on top of the null's anchor. so It's impossible to centre the anchor :/

I'll look at that file now


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Kyle SowdenRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 9, 2011 at 6:00:49 pm

And I tried opening the file and "picture viewer cannot open file" appeared?


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Steven MacKenzieRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 15, 2011 at 5:36:00 pm

Yeah, I just read up and discovered that c4d r 12 doesn't have a legacy save mode. Sorry man, keep plugging away. You'll figure it out.


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Kyle SowdenRe: Moving Anchor Points?
by on Aug 15, 2011 at 11:46:36 pm

Damn in. Thanks for all your help though (: I'm sure I will eventually


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