I’m trying to create an animation, where several objects travel along the same curve, separated in time. (Imagine a cannon, repeatedly firing at the same target. All the “cannonballs” will take the same path, but since it can only fire one at a time, they’ll be staggered.)
But, I can’t figure out two basic things:
How do I have an object that isn’t around for the entire length of the animation? For instance, it comes into being at frame 20, and goes away at frame 32.
How do I make multiple objects follow the same path, only at different times? I’d rather not duplicate the curve for every single follower, but I suppose I could.
This is (eventually) going to be part of a prodceural animation system, so if the answer includes Python code, that’s fine. Ultimately, a script will be controlling the lifecycles of these objects, anyway.