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Kevin ReinerAnimating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:48:20 pm

Hey all,

Project - make a rotating funnel-shaped object unfold.

I created the funnel in Freeform. It took a while, but I'm really happy with the results. Here's the problem. To animate it unfolding back to a flat plane, I set 2 keyframes for mesh distortion and reset the 2nd keyframe back to it's default flat plane. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. It acts like a hold keyframe, making it cut from funnel to plane instead of a slow animation.

I know you can animate the mesh distortion, but it must not like resetting its values.

Anyone know what to do? I can provide more info if necessary.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 4:34:27 pm

Sounds like you're animating the Grid values instead of just animating the using the Mesh Controls. You may want to try the COW's FreeForm Forum here - http://forums.creativecow.net/freeformpro

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Kevin ReinerRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 4:45:14 pm

Thanks Roland, didn't know there was a separate forum. I'll post there.

However, I'm not animating the grid values, I'm animating the mesh distortion. Do a test yourself. Do a quick bend in FreeForm, then set a keyframe. Move down a 30 frames and set another keyframe, and then reset the Mesh Distortion for that keyframe. Doesn't work like it should. It acts like a hold keyframe.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 5:11:07 pm

Heya Kevin, so it's 3 keyframes then. If so then I see what you mean. I believe that the FF manual touches on this issue and the workaround is to create a KF at time zero of the default Mesh. Put this KF down the Timeline and only delete it if you really decide that you don't want to use it.

In your case, create this KF with the default settings and move it down the Timeline. Once the other two KFs are in place, you should move this default KF to where you want it to occur.

HTH
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Chris BobotisRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 19, 2011 at 9:38:23 pm

Roland, thanks for chiming in.

Kevin, I sent you a file that resolves this.

The problem:
The bundled version of FreeForm will not respect user deformations when you change the number of rows and columns. Instead it will snap back to a flat shape. FreeForm Pro does... this is just one of the many things we added to FreeForm Pro.

In your case, you had set 1 row x 2 columns. Default is 2 x 2, so when you reset Freeform to get back to a flat shape from your funnel shape, you also reset it to 2 x 2.

What I did to resolve this:
The trick is to reset and then immediately adjust the rows and columns to 1 x 2. This will respect and create the animation between the flat shape and the funnel because both keyframes now have the same number of rows and columns. As you see in the project file I sent you, this now works.

HTH

Cheers,
Chris
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Kevin ReinerRe: Animating Freeform Mesh Distortion back to default
by on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:11:55 am

Thanks for your help. I look forward to trying out Freeform Pro.

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