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Animated Basketball

Posted: Fri, 5th Nov 2004, 7:08am

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s and j team

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I'm in real need of an animated Basketball. I'm gonna try and create one based on the animated soccerball in the plug-ins section. First I'll take a series of pictures ,about 8, of a real ball and then try and animate them in plugger. Has anybody got any other ideas?
Posted: Fri, 5th Nov 2004, 12:25pm

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Klut

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How about shooting a video of you bouncing the ball (with a clean black background) then import the video in alam and save it as images, then open all of them i adobe photoshop an make alpha channels. That's the only thing I can come upp with.
Posted: Fri, 5th Nov 2004, 9:42pm

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Wait, why? Why not use a prop. EVERYone has a basketball or has access to it. This is a whack idea (IMO.)
Posted: Sat, 6th Nov 2004, 2:21am

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Thanks for your suggestions, actually I'm not quite sure what Serpent was getting at , but you know , thanks anyway. Actually I made my animated basketball plug-in this morning. I made 2 variations. Top spinning and spinning at an angle. First I took 8 photos , in both versions, and saved each photo as a tif with transparency. Loaded them as plug-ins and they work. The only thing I can't do yet is make variations of an animated plug-in which reside in the same folder, if you see what I mean. I gotta create mine as seperate plug-ins everytime. The whole layers+variations thing in plugger utterly confuses me. Anyway I'm 50% happy with the job , after I make a few videos and I know they work I'll upload them to the plug-ins section.

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Posted: Sat, 6th Nov 2004, 5:29am

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What I was getting at: Why would you use a plugin for something you would have easy access to, it would look bad.
Posted: Sat, 6th Nov 2004, 5:36am

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thats just like asking for a plugin of a person... "Hey guys, can I have an actor plugin?"

Seriously... what do you need it for? If you just reshot with a real basketball, you'd

A) not waste forum space
B) make it look so much better
C) not go to the hassle of making the plugin or having someone make it for you.
D) Learn how to play Basket Ball... biggrin
Posted: Mon, 8th Nov 2004, 1:49pm

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Klut

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Very good evman!
Posted: Mon, 8th Nov 2004, 11:09pm

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Rating: +1

Because when I said it it wasn't good.
Posted: Tue, 9th Nov 2004, 12:00am

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Evman

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Serpent wrote:

Because when I said it it wasn't good.
heh
Posted: Tue, 9th Nov 2004, 1:08am

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Has anyone noticed the past 50 plugin requests have been neglected and disregarded? Someone who buys a program and asks for a plugin shouldn't be automatically shot down, no matter how heinous the request. If someone could make the plugin for the person easily, then why not? I would if I knew how to make plugins, but I don't. Plus, maybe he needs the animated basketball for something he can't do with a normal one. And though I'm usually opposed to people saying don't use Alam for 3d, use a 3d app; I'm going to have to be a cynic here and say that if you want an animated basketball then making one would take about 5 minutes in Blender. Blender is free from http://www.blender3d.org and if you don't understand what I'm talking about, you can see an awesome example of a Blender-animated basketball at Colin's site here.
Posted: Tue, 9th Nov 2004, 2:52am

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Serpent

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Ben, you said what we have repeated... Use a 3d app. They have not been shut down, but redirected. And this isn't a request.

EDIT: And making one is 1/100th of the work.
Posted: Tue, 9th Nov 2004, 3:08am

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Evman

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besides, It'd help everyone if he just used a real basketball. It'd be better for him because it would look a lot better than a plugin. and it'd be better for members here who would not have to take the time to make him something that he can do much more easily on his own.