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scott

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animating escalator??
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:37:51 PM »
I can't find any info or figure out how to animate an escalator.  Is there an animate check box like in ForestPack?

Paul Roberts

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Re: animating escalator??
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 06:01:31 PM »
Hi Scott,

Are you referring to the escalators from the included library?

Thanks,

Paul
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Re: animating escalator??
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 06:32:49 PM »
Yes exactly.  All my tests don't seem to work!  Tnx

scott

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Re: animating escalator??
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 09:34:14 PM »
??  Anyone.  On a bit of a deadline here.  There doesn't seem to be any other posts about this....I must be missing something that's right in front of me!  Grrr.

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Re: animating escalator??
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 09:48:44 AM »
Hi,

Apologies for the delay. To animate the escalators you can use the following steps:

  • Change the Default In/Out tangents for new keys option to Linear. This is to prevent 3ds Max automatically adding ease in and out to the animation.

  • Turn on AutoKey and animate the Parameters > Step Animation value from 0% at frame 0, to 100% at Frame 20 (for example). This value represents the animation of a single step
  • To make the animation loop, open Graph Editors > Track View - Curve Editor.... Select the animated track and set the Parameter Curves Out Of Range type to Cycle

  • To adjust the speed of the animation, just change the timing between the two keyframes

You should now have an escalator that with a looped step animation.



I hope that helps, please let me know if you have further questions.

Many thanks,

Paul
« Last Edit: March 17, 2015, 09:55:38 AM by Paul Roberts »
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Re: animating escalator??
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 03:09:39 AM »
Hey Paul, really appreciate the help on this.  Worked like a charm.

Sorry I didn't come back before this. Tnx much.