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Author Topic: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?  (Read 5431 times)

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Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« on: June 07, 2008, 05:13:49 am »

Hello everyone, I am new here, and I have started using anim8or about 3 weeks ago, at first, I was as lost as a chicken with his head cut off, (and that's about all I could make, lol) well, I started getting better, learning pathes, and learning how to create misc. stuff, I made a "box" person that his body was made of nothing but spheres, and tubes, and cylinders, and such etc. and then I got stuck at trying to take him apart and make individual objects, I got that part done perfectly, but when I went in the figure editor to bring him to life, I was "stumped" I read almost the whole manual, and I still couldn't make sense out of it, so, I was wondering, if anyone else out there had built a tutorial/manual like the official one, but made more for beginners, if anyone could try to help me with a in-depth tutorial or etc, I would be very thankful. :) Thanks, everyone! :)

P.S.  tomorrow, I will upload the little character I made up, he is pretty cool, and maybe someone else could make him a figure for me.
see you people,
3Dgeek (nice name?) haha
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008, 05:24:53 am »

Welcome to the forum!

Have you done the walk tutorial?
That should help you with the figure editor.
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2008, 05:30:48 am »

yah, I've done it, but I got stuck on the figure part, like I said... I just can't seem to get the hang of "how to get the parts to align right with the bones and etc, I just can't seem to get it... thanks for help anyway! :)

thanks for welcoming me. :)
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2008, 10:52:53 am »

You should actually be trying to get the bones aligned with the parts, using the bone rotation tool.
You said you made a person, you should make sure in Object mode, s/he's not in any pose, it makes rigging a lot easier, look at the following image:
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008, 05:49:29 am »

yah, thanks.

I am having a problem getting my bones to be as long as the legs, head, arms, and etc.

thanks for any more help. :)
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 08:32:05 am »

When you say "I am having a problem getting my bones to be as long as the legs, head, arms, and etc."
do you mean the size of the bones because their is a button for that on the side panel to make the bones longer.
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2008, 09:45:39 am »

3Dgeek11: Um, have you read the manual?

(Poor Steve, we have to constantly ask the same thing)

3Dgeek11: Don't feel bad if you have.
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2008, 07:38:44 pm »

I have read it almost all the way thru. but what I mean by it is, I know how to make the bones longer and everything, but when I import the leg, head, etc, the body parts are waay bigger than the bones.. maybe I can read the manual on a quiet day (again) and concentrate real hard and figure it out. :)

And I may post the character I want to create in here sometime later, and see if anyone can make a figure out of him and show me how they did it maybe?

more info coming later.
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2008, 08:08:36 pm »

If you find that the body parts are too big when you import them, you can scale them (shrink or enlarge) so they are the right sizes. Once the body parts are in the right proportions you can rotate and scale the bones in the figure editor to rig the body.

« Last Edit: June 10, 2008, 12:23:07 am by Bobert »
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2008, 08:34:29 am »

okay... I guess I'll try to do it again in a few. but it still seems confusing. I'm not much of an "animator" person. To me it is frustrating to try and get the animation and other misc stuff to work right. like in "Pivot Stickfigure Animator" It is pretty easu but animating the characters is still a pain.

But thanks anyway! D:
P.S. I like your signature, Bobert.

P.P.S. Is there a video tutorial where someone is making a figure in the figure editor? I did a video tutorial where you are making a chair and got it down pretty fast, and now I am making drastic variations of what I was taught. :)
« Last Edit: June 10, 2008, 08:36:49 am by 3Dgeek11 »
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Re: Help for a new person coming to the wonders of 3D?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2008, 11:26:46 am »

P.P.S. Is there a video tutorial where someone is making a figure in the figure editor? I did a video tutorial where you are making a chair and got it down pretty fast, and now I am making drastic variations of what I was taught. :)

On mp3d's site are some helpfull video tutorials, also for rigging an character.
http://www.mp3d.info/Anim8ortutorials/index.html