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I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 22:58:25 Reply

http://www.ngup.net/view.php?file=walk

I'm trying to do a simple walking animation, but I can't do it.

Any tips? Pointers? Besides the obvious "he gets smaller as he walks" thing.


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:03:11 Reply

At 8/27/07 10:58 PM, uyersuyer wrote: I'm trying to do a simple walking animation, but I can't do it.

If you haven't seen these two Walking Cycle tutorials, then I highly recommend it. Helped me quite a bit back in the day: First, Second

Other than that, you are obviously animating too fast. Slow down, you need to make many more frames in your timeline to make a Walking Cycles that doesn't suck. In Frame by Frame like this, you really need to make more frames than you think. Maybe you aren't working with a frame rate that's good for you.

If so, go to Ctrl - J (Document Prop's) and change the FPS (Frames per Second)

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:05:43 Reply

What framerate would be good for a beginner?


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:07:46 Reply

It would be better if you added more frames, making it slower, and swifter

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:12:42 Reply

Increments of twelve always work. 12, 24...Don't get higher than that though. A lot of people stay around 12 (the default). Rates like 15 are used often. Under 12 is also inadvisable.

Fundamental Guideline: Less frames, less work; More frames, higher-quality work

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:20:45 Reply

http://www.ngup.net/view.php?file=2536_w alk

Trying to do the upper body blew my mind.


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:29:06 Reply

At 8/27/07 11:20 PM, uyersuyer wrote: http://www.ngup.net/view.php?file=2536_w alk

Trying to do the upper body blew my mind.

See? Now, you're getting somewhere. That's a nice start for the legs. Keep it up, bud =P

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:38:51 Reply

i remember the first time i tried to make a walk cycle...it was horrible ha! looked like a zombie really.
i learned by watching other flash and belive it or not by looking myself in a mirror lol. hey it works try it. or videotape urself doing something you want and use it as a reference.
lol luck!


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-27 23:40:22 Reply

At 8/27/07 11:38 PM, Daneximuz wrote: or videotape urself doing something you want and use it as a reference.
lol luck!

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 00:09:52 Reply

yeah!


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 00:24:48 Reply

To be honest i think beginners shouldnt do walk cycles.. they are actually very difficult to master.. even for the experienced person.. i find that running cycles are easier.. because the movements arent as subtle.. walking is sort of a relaxed movement and it relies on you understanding the concept of speed and timing in animation..


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 21:37:03 Reply

heres a walking cycle i made maybe it could help a little walking motion


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 21:41:27 Reply

I agree 100% with Luis... I didn't start walk or run cycles until I was using Flash for almost a year. I just mucked around, looked at tutorials, tried putting sound into Flash and just trying features in my n00b stage and it pays off when you get good because then you know a lot of cool tricks that are helpful. ;-)


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 21:42:30 Reply

At 8/28/07 12:24 AM, Luis wrote: stuff

What would you suggest practicing with?


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 21:46:44 Reply

honestly (I am advanced and still can't do walk cycles incredibly well without a tablet), I would use the trick method most commonly used for begginers. Just have the top part of your guy's body move up and down smoothly across the screen. It works, and it looks good as well if you do it right, but if you want to learn more about cycles, then just try rotoscoping. Take a video that has a guy walking and practing tracing his steps and learning how he moves. Thats what helped me the most when I started.


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-28 22:02:03 Reply

if you do insist on making a walking cycle i suggest using a profile view or a front view 3/4 is near impossible to do properly


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 16:36:50 Reply

to person above me i agree 3/4 is pretty hard but sometimes its as easy as doing a normal one


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 16:41:44 Reply

instead of animating each frame from scratch i draw the first frame using the line tool.
then i drag the line tool to where i want the next movement to be.
its very innovative if you want to animate someone going from walking to running, or the reverse.


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 17:10:05 Reply

Yea you are pretty shitty =p


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 17:10:56 Reply

Yeah, you sure are making progress.
But remember, to get good, practice!
I didn't get to blue belt in Judo karate by not practicing.
I didn't get a decent 2.4 on my first animation on NG by not practicing.
Practice is the key to success. Your doing very good so far.


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 17:13:45 Reply

I used onion skinning.
Its just below the frames, it lets you see a half invisable version of the frame before.. So you can just add on :)


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 17:23:25 Reply

this may sound irelevent... but when i was bad(not saying im the best now or nuttin)i used sprites... i lets u learn all the basics of flash before actualy animating...and u can draw backrounds and special efects n stuff... so i recomend sprites(once again sry if this sounds irelevent to the thread :P


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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 17:36:17 Reply

The easiest way to get the walk cycle down is to break it up into parts. Look at this image to see what i mean:

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 18:13:23 Reply

big tip, it helped me in the beginning

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Response to I'm really shitty at animating. 2007-08-29 19:01:11 Reply

have sex with yourself, edn.


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