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Animation

What is animation? Animation means to bring the character to life. There are of course different possibilities to do that.

 

Bone-Animation

Bones will be placed like bones/joints in the body. A human arm for example has a upper-arm-bone (consisting of ulna and radius) and the hand with all of its bones. For a not so complex animation you can use only 3 bones. The coresponding CPs will be assigned to the bones. When the bone moves or rotates around a joint, the CPs will move corresponding to the bone.

 
Animation 1
 

 

Skinanimation

 
Animation 2

Skin-Animation or CP- or Vertex-Animation means, that the points itself will be animated without the help of bones or other helper objects. That sounds more or less primitive but it has its advantages too. For example if some simple details which only will be animated once, it is often not needed to animation it with bones.

 

 

Muscle-Animation

Muscle-Animation replaces in some programms the skin-animation. Some parts of the models will be declared as muscles. If the muscles will contract now, the corresponding cps will move too.

 
Animation 3
 

 

Poses, Sliders und Posesliders

 
Animation 4

Poses are not a own animation-methode. A pose is a small, defined mini-animations which can be controled by a slider. Now you can animate the slider and so you can animate the face of a character in a very easy way.