slow parent fun

Hi there, I didn’t really knew about the Slow Parent option. It is useful to help moving a camera in BGE and an old Blender feature as I’ve learnt today… and something cool to play with also :wink:

Open a text editor window and try this little script on a Monkey or some other object, then press G to move your object around. Lots of fun isn’t it…?


#######################
##  slow parent fun  ##
#######################

copies = 50
offset = 5

import bpy
z = a = bpy.context.object

for i in range(copies):
    bpy.ops.object.duplicate_move()
    b = bpy.context.active_object
    a.select = False
    bpy.context.scene.objects.active = a
    bpy.ops.object.parent_set()
    b.use_slow_parent = True
    b.time_offset = offset
    bpy.context.scene.objects.active = b
    a = b

z.select = True

Is this a 2.49 script?
EDIT: Nevermind; just needed to convert the whitespaces to make it work. Fun!

so here it is, cool feature…!

just uploaded a simple file, to try this without the need of setting up a scene
frames could be recorded after running the script, or even work on some already animated object…!

me again, just added a GUI -mainly to get the practice of it- with a couple of new options… try it on a torus for instance, create some copies and play with auto animation stuff

here is the script

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/3268/spfe.jpg

kind of useless but still fun…

Ha, nice work Liero! This is super fun to play with.

@liero here is a small application of your script - applied to a simple object traveling on a helical path

first from the top
http://vimeo.com/26552431

then from the side
http://vimeo.com/26552523

the variations are amazing!

great fun, thanks

recently updated this silly script to allow some initial offset on child copies… try it on different ‘structures’: create some hierarchy with the script and then drag or keyframe top object -or just press auto animate to see how stuff moves- have fun!

get a simple working example here: http://db.tt/dpdc2j4g

http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/5545/trail.jpg

Hi there - All the links in this thread are sadly dead. Do you happen to have the script lying around somewhere, and would you mind reuploading it?
It sounds interesting.