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Mike SchmittMaking a helicopter blade spin
by on Mar 14, 2012 at 6:48:41 pm

Hi guys!
I'm trying to use Proanimator in After Effects to render a 3d Model of a helicopter I bought from Turbosquid.

I've got it all done except the the rotating of the propeller blade.
I'm in the animation window and have created a separate track for the propeller,

Using the pose positioning controls advanced menu, I am attempting to rotate the blade on the Y axis and the best I can do is one rotation per key frame. Is that right?

The helicopter is going to be in the shot for about ten seconds. Is there a way to automate the blade rotating very quickly for the whole shot?

Thanks for any suggestions!

MIKE


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Edward WuRe: Making a helicopter blade spin
by on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:03:08 am

Hi Mike,

Instead of using the "Rotate Around Common Center" control, try going into Pose Actions, and using the "Spin Y" control. Then you can type in a value for the rotation. Typing in 360 will get you a full rotation while 1080 will get you three full rotations. So keep increasing the value until you get the speed that you need.

Best,
Edward


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Mike SchmittRe: Making a helicopter blade spin
by on Mar 15, 2012 at 1:18:31 am

Thanks Ed! I knew there had to be an easy solution.


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