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Ryan HillMotion path + bending along path?
by on May 8, 2012 at 7:36:19 pm

For an example, what if I had a bunch of little pictures of tadpoles, and I wanted them to follow motion paths? But, since they are tadpoles, they should bend to match the bend of the path they are following?

What should I use? I could animate a "bend" effect on each of them, but there are supposed to be a whole swarm of them, I would obviously hope for a simpler method.

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Dan FredleyRe: Motion path + bending along path?
by on May 9, 2012 at 5:06:01 am

How about just animate one in a precomp flipping it's tail back and forth in a loop and then use it as a video sprite in Particular to create the swarm?--if you have Particular, of course.

Another way would be to just have it "Orient along path" instead of "bending". Still might give the effect you are going for.

Layer>Transform>Auto-orient>Orient along path

Dan Fredley

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Ryan HillRe: Motion path + bending along path?
by on May 9, 2012 at 5:38:15 pm

I have a swimming motion in a loop, but I was hoping also to have it bend to the left or right when it's turning left or right.

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