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General Anim8or Forum / Anim8or and Voodoo camera tracking
« on: April 10, 2008, 07:39:55 am »
Will Anim8or import a script from Voodoo camera tracker?

General Anim8or Forum / Eggplant beginner blues (and greens)
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:21:06 pm »
I have found that I learn best by tutorials.  I tend to take the tut literally, so reading between the lines is not something I do.  That means, of course, that when a small detail (instruction) is left out of the process, I'm dead in the water.  Confused, I sit, staring at the screen, wondering what to do next.  Whether I back up and repeat, or start over, if the instruction is missing a step or vital piece of info, the result is the same.

We each have our own preferences and learning methods.  Having a bunch of instructions in one paragraph doesn't work well for me.  Do this, then this, then this, then this, then that makes it hard to follow and hard to figure out where I went wrong.

I work better with:


Do this. (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do this.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do this.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)

Do that.  (RMB [Right Mouse Button], etc) (Example pic)


(Numbering the steps may be tedious, but if there's something wrong with the tut, you have a reference point.  Ex. "Something went wrong when I followed step #27.  It didn't look like the picture next to it.")

Having pictures representing progress is great (as in the eggplant tut) and you can tell if you're following the tut correctly.  The problem I'm having with the eggplant tut is that the pictures are too small where I'm having trouble following the instructions, or the text doesn't match what I thing the pic should look like.  Here's an example:

"Once you have then selected as shown on the right, extrude them a small amount, scale them up until they are close to touching, but not quite.  Then use the face rotate  tool to tilt the faces so that they are facing a little bit more vertically.  To do this, click and drag the left mouse button carefully in the vertical direction only.  Moving it to the right or left will twist the faces in the wrong direction."

I know that I'm missing something here, or the text and pics (which are too small for me) would make sense, which they don't.  The faces selected in the 3rd pic are edge faces, not side faces, so I can't figure out how to rotate extrusions that I don't have (like in the pic).

Please don't get me wrong.  I'm not condemning, complaining or criticizing.  I would like to write another version of the eggplant tut the way I prefer it and submit it so folks have a second opportunity to experience the tut from a different perspective and I would have a chance to really zero in on learning.  I've heard that if you really want to learn a subject, then teach it (and I really want to learn this program).  If I can write the tut, and get your feedback to improve it (it would be my first), we would all win.  I just need to know how to start (how to do the screenshots, etc.).

What do you think?

Submitted humbly,

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