Frankie Rockett Posted August 18, 2019 Share Posted August 18, 2019 (edited) Hi I have written asking about this mystery a couple of times before but no one seems to have any idea, which I find difficult to believe, so I'm trying again with a fresh example. There is a particular technique of animating a mesh object that I am seeing that utterly baffles me and I wonder if any smart mesh coder out there can point the way for me? Now one method I'm familair with is by combining many models together, each with a slightly moved posture, linking them all together into one multi-limbed monstrosity, then using LSL to switch them all invisible but one, then cycle through which one is visible to create the desired effect. You have one new model for each 'frame' of the finished animation. Now I understand that and that is NOT the technique I'm asking about. The mystery technique operates on a single mesh object (no linked parts) that reports only 2 faces. An actual example: I recently bought a shark that has 4 tail swim positions. I have seen things with about 10 positions but lets keep this simple as an example. When working, the shark switches tail positions to create the illusion of wagging it's tail left and right. As there are only 4 positions in this example, the illusion is a little jerky, but it's the 'how'? of it I want to ask about. This shark is one object - not four. It's not one torso with four tails either. It's the Shiva of sharks - all one body with several tail fins. So - switching one body visible and the rest 'off' isn't possible here. Clicking on the various tails as I have to get their face number doesn't solve it either, as at least three of the tails have the exact same face number. I have seen other cretaures that have many more than 4 positions, and these too are all one model with a similar paucity of faces, so - it's NOT about addressing different faces and telling different faces to switch on and off either. So summary - we have a multi-phase animated creature with more 3D new positions than there are objects - or faces - in it's composition. How on earth can I start to accomplish something like that myself? Only if you actually know please! Regards Frankie. Edited August 18, 2019 by Frankie Rockett Multiple typos ! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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