Multiball Rig Demo

Introduction

Watch this brief video to see what the course is all about!

Chapter 1: Developing Your Eye

Learning to animate is learning to see.

Chapter 2: Everything is a Bouncing Ball

Complex animation is a collection of its simple animations. And those simple animations can almost always be analyzed as bouncing balls.

Chapter 3: More Ball Animation Goodness

Not so fast - I'm not done teaching you everything there is learn from bouncing balls!

Chapter 4: Let's not forget Squash & Stretch

This is the last chapter focusing on ball animation. Who knew there was so much to learn from balls?

Chapter 5: Into the Character Realm

We're diving into characters at this point. In this chapter, we cover one more animation principle and introduce you to the VonnBots!

Chapter 6: Can you walk the walk?

Summon all your animation skills to create believable and appealing walk cycles for the Stomp and Rivet VonnBots.

Chapter 7: In Closing

Congrats on finishing the course! If you're wondering where to go from here, this video from Wayne answers that question.

Lesson Questions and Answers

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  • Replies: 2

    I’m a newbie and I’m lost. In the previous lesson I was learning about motion paths and key frames. All of a sudden you’re talking about rigs, bones and drivers. Did I accidentally skip 20 lessons? Do I need to take another course and come back later?

    1 month ago

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      Just make sure you haven’t skipped any.
      You will need to learn about rigs for character animation. It’s essentially the same thing as ‘animating the ball in a circular path’ but a rig will give you more flexibility.
      But if you are lost, just try some of the fundamental courses to learn more about Blender and come back when you have a little more experience.
      You will understand everything when you are ready, and not before. Never stop learning.

      1 month ago

      • OK, I worked through the Fundamentals of Rigging course, and now it makes more sense. But I’m confused how to export my rendered circular ball exercise. In the manual I see boxes for compression, frame rates, etc., but I can’t find any of that. The Export menu is for saving Blender files to other formats, not videos. Where exactly does one make all those rendered frames (.PNG files) into a video?

        1 month ago

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      I haven’t skipped anything, it just feels like I’ve skipped 10 chapters. This lesson suddenly throws around several terms and concepts not mentioned before, as if they’re already familiar. So I’ve had to suspend this course and start another one on rigging, just to figure out the terminology. It would be helpful to insert a lesson before the Multiball Rig Demo, explaining the meaning of “rig”, “armature”, “bone”, “empty” et al, for those of us completely new to the subject.

      1 month ago

      • Self directed learning is hard.
        But you don’t need to understand how everything works or what it’s called at first.

        Don’t overthink it, bkkjohn.

        You will pick things up along the way and everything will fall into place with time.

        Try things, make mistakes and learn.
        But trust in yourself. You can do this.

        4 weeks ago

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    Not able to see the UI panel at all, even after installing the script and running it…

    6 months ago

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      Didn’t have the object selected, my mistake

      6 months ago

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    I can’t change the ‘ball type’ in the UI panel either. Have someone come up with a solution? I have tried working on Blender version 2.77 but the problem persists.

    6 months ago

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      You will most likely have a warning in the top info bar with a button that says “reload trusted”.
      This will fix the issue.

      5 months ago

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    Where is the multi-ball source file for download? I can’t find it.

    6 months ago

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      Same here!? I though it would be in the boot camp source file.

      6 months ago

      • I was asking the same thing. There is no Multiball Rig in the Source file. Kind of confusing

        6 months ago

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      It’s in the course files under this particular video. Same with most of the other source files for the exercises.

      6 months ago

      • I have that but what I can’t find is the .py file. I can’t change the ball type in the UI. I can go under the scene tab and hide the ones I don’t want but the balls keep changing back.

        6 months ago

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    I can’t seem to get the script to work. Is the bouncing ball with errors file the right one?

    6 months ago

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      Oh I get it. It’s just the rig inside you are referring to. I still can’t get that script to work though. Hmm

      6 months ago

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      Oh. Found it. Had to toggle something on.

      6 months ago

      • Glad you got it sorted Jubes.

        6 months ago