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Tomasz Kaye
Mograph: Stacking blocks animation driven by effector position?
on Aug 16, 2011 at 10:27:36 am

Hello. The effect I'm after is:

There's a 'tower' of homogenous cubes.

By increasing an effector's position in the x plane, an animation happens in which, one by one, the blocks fly upwards, off the top of the tower, and off the screen--starting with the topmost block. So as the effector is being moved, the animation it's driving includes a pause between one block flying off, and the next block following it.

I want to arrange this in such a way that I can then animate the sequence playing 'forwards' or 'backwards' by keyframing the effector movement in the appropriate direction.

I thought this would be possible by using a combination of step effector, and the time offset parameter, perhaps using a second effector too. But despite reading all the relevant material I could find, I'm still rather fuzzy on how time offset, weight and falloff work when effectors are stacked.

I'm trying to achieve this using C4d 11.5 and Mograph.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

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