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| I need an animation program. Does anybody have a suggestion?|
| CharacterFX is very good (and cheap) for low-pol skeletal animation. For recommendations regarding any other type of animation, please be specific. |
| CharacterFX is pretty much the only low cost option, really. |
| In theory you can get 3D Canvas, it's freeware, and the Pro-Version is 50$: http://www.amabilis.com/|
you need then to export it as DX8 .X, then convert it to .B3D using Stickmans Converter from :
EDIT - wait a minute - my mistake: you need at least the PLUS Version of 3D Canvas to save the Animations as .X. The PLUS Version costs about 35$, and the PRO Version costs 70$ and offers even more.
you can try to free Vesion and see if you like it. you still can export your work after purchasing the PLUS Version.
personally I use CharacterFX too, but for CharacterFX you also need a Modeller and a Texturing Tool.
Oh, yeah, btw., just for in case: you don't need to test Anim8or - IT can animate and it can save .3DS...but it cannot save animated .3ds, only static ones. It can save animations only in it's own format which is pretty useless.
Not shure about the Animation export capabilities of: http://www.openfx.org/news/index.php
| You ever consider changing your nick to PatIsVague?|
Do you even mean 2d animation or 3d?
| I think the free version of 3DCanvas now imports and exports .x format but I'm not sure if you can export animations. It's a great program. Try it.|
| 2 things|
(1)I mean 3D animation
(2)I just got MilkShape3D
Thanks for the help!
edit: I can't get milkshape to animate!
| If help=0|
| Four people helped you already. Their advice is good. What more help do you need? |
| I can't get milkshape to animate.|
| Error: function "helpneeded()" not found.|
Error: unassigned Statement "I can't get milkshape to animate." - Missing Parameters.
| lol |
| Har har.|
| You're best bet is to use the milkshape forums for specific milkshape help.|
Milkshape animates using bones so you've got to assign all your verts to bones.
Once you've done that only then will you be able to animate.
Animation in milkshape is a touch shaky, however, once you get the hang of it it's fine. Start by creating a shed load of frames, if you're doing a walk animation pick about 4 key poses and leave gaps of a few frames between those. Milkshape will automatically fill in the gaps. Then adjust the inbetween frames to make sure feet don't go through the floor and stuff.
Have a good play first so you have some specific questions then people will be able to help you better.
| I can't figure out how to assign vertects to bones.|
| There are step by step instructions in the help file.|
If I were a betting man, I'd bet you already found that much out but jumped in instead of starting at the beginning and working your way through to it. I do that all the time and it's kind of a mistake. So, start with the fundamentals, even if you think you don't need to and work your way through.
| I don't have the help files. And when I try to download them, it makes me close.|
| Never mind the help files. Just read the tutorials on the Milkshape website. Study Scarecrow's tutorials in particular.|
Still, I would recommend picking up CharacterFX too. I use Milkshape for some modeling tasks but always CharacterFX for animation. It's only $15.
| I don't know how to get the "skeleton" window to pop up.|
| What "skeleton" window? Everything you need for rigging characters (ie. creating and assinging joints) is accessible on the various tab menus. |
| I don't know what to make of this thread.|
| Do you have a hoist that gets you out of bed? Read the tutorials. They will help you do what you wanna do. |
| How do you make a hoist ?|
| I have a thing that doesnt work because its broken in that place. Please can somebody help!! |
| Never mind! Obviusly I have to figure it out myself!|
| Please Pat. Have you tried reading your posts? Their not very helpful. |
| Problem is...the skeleton window keeps popping up! |