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Bobby DorranceArrow moving away from you
by on Jun 24, 2011 at 7:21:59 pm

Hello, Im working on a spot for a snowblower right now. I need to make a 3d arrow that comes directly from behind camera and goes into the snowblower and then bends upwards to go through the hole. I have particular and I dont have a problem making a solid particle that follows the path I want. Where Im running in to problems is the arrow head. I cant figure out how to make a 3d arrow head that will move the way that particle does and stay attached to it. Any ideas?

Thank you,

Bobby D


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Dave LaRondeRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 24, 2011 at 7:27:43 pm

It would be tricky, but I bet you could accomplish what you want in Freeform.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Bobby DorranceRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 24, 2011 at 7:29:16 pm

Ill give it a try. Never used that plugin. Thank you.


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 24, 2011 at 7:45:59 pm

If that fails, you could go with Zaxwerks plugins. Serpentine might get the path you want and 3d Invigerator can get you the arrow you want.

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 25, 2011 at 7:30:02 am

I think Michel's suggestion will work best- Sepentine will give you the arrow head as well.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Bill WilliamsRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 26, 2011 at 5:26:20 pm

If it's not too late, I made an arrow using Particular. It's not the prettiest thing, but could save you from having to buy a plugin.

Here is the project file...

2484_arrowfolder.zip

and here is a preview...

Particular Arrow



vurb.tv


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Bobby DorranceRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 26, 2011 at 6:51:49 pm

Thank you Bill and thank you to all other suggestions. This is very close to what I was looking for. I'll take a look at the project file later on tonight.

Thank you very much!

Bobby D


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Bobby DorranceRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 27, 2011 at 1:22:57 pm

Bill, what you provided is awesome. After looking through your project file and examining the way you approached this, I am still a little confused on how you made the actual arrowhead. I am new to particular and maybe its something obvious that I am over looking but I can't seem to find out how to make the front of the arrow. Hope you can guide me just a little bit more.

Thank you,

Bobby D


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Bill WilliamsRe: Arrow moving away from you
by on Jun 27, 2011 at 2:26:30 pm

To make the arrowhead, I changed the particle size. To adjust the head, look at the keyframes for the size of the particle.

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