Hi everyone, this is a repost of an older thread which was deleted without any particularly reason by no one…
I am working on an add-on which will helps to make procedural animations on meshes. It is totally inspired from the Transform tool by Grayscalegorilla, except that it will be open-source. Up to now, there is nothing actually done, I am just doing some researches to animate a mesh’s polygons based on an animation reference.
I would like to get your opinions on this and the feature you would like to have when you want to do motion graphics. I have a lot of idea that I wrote down, I think I have enough to work on, but external ideas are better and maybe more useful.
Anyway, here is a quick thing I made, all vertices are animated based on an Empty animation. I am using normals to animate the vertices.
And I applied a wiggle on the Empty just for the demo.
Next step is to do the same, but on polygons.
I implemented a polygon animation. Next step is to have fun with this and implement falloffs
I would like suggestions on:
- mesh management with python (first time I dev on Blender, I used to dev on Maya before) to have an optimized tool.
- how do you think I should do the interface ? I thought of doing a panel on each object we wanted to use the tool
- what kind of features would be useful
Here is the scene of the last gif and the first gif (tested right before upload), Animation is required for the moment:
For the first, if you want to change the shape, you have to add the same geometry in the original mesh and in the procedural_animation mesh
For the last, you change the original_mesh, then apply an edge split of 0 degrees (to unconnect the faces) and then delete the procedural animated mesh, the script will create a new one automatically.