This video explains how to animate an object’s skeleton to a motion path in Maya. When you animate a object with its skeleton attached to a motion path, the object can bend along the curve. This is useful if you are trying to animate the movement of something like a fish or a snake.
Watch the video to find out how to animate a skeleton to a motion path.
Note: It is important to follow the step where you rotate the object so that it is facing straight towards you when viewing from the right-side view. If you don’t do this then the motion path animation will be a bit buggy. It is also important to remember to click on Modify and Centre Pivot before attaching the object to the motion path.
This video explains how to add text to a scene and then animate it in Maya. You can manipulate text in the same way you manipulate many other 3D objects in Maya – you can move (translate), rotate, scale, set keyframes or even animate along a path.
Watch the video below to find out how to create and animate 3D text in Maya.
This video explains how to extrude a circle along a curve and then animate an extrusion. When we ‘extrude’ a 2D shape such as a circle, it means that we will push that shape out. By using a curved line, we can push the shape out so that it follows the line.
Watch the video below to see how to do this in Maya.
Tip: When selecting the circle and CV curve, select the circle first and then hold down Shift key to select the CV curve. Make sure you select the curve last.
This tutorial video explains how to animate a shape in Maya using keyframe animation on the timeline.
Tip: To change the frame rate (frames per second) of your animation go to Maya > Preferences > Settings. Under ‘Working units‘, you can change the frame rate in the drop-down box next to Time. The default frame rate is Film (24fps).
This video tutorial explains how to create a zoom and fade effect in Adobe Flash using shape tools, motion tween tool, the free transform tool, and the Alpha colour effect. The animation will look this:
Watch the video below to learn how to apply the zoom and fade effect to your animation. You can also view the video on YouTube by clicking here.
This video tutorial explains how to make animated GIFs by making multiple layers and converting them to frames on an animation timeline. This tutorial shows how to do this in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Click here to view the video on YouTube or view it below.