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# 1 06-05-2006 , 05:59 PM
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Animating a car...

Ok, heres what I got. I have a car modeled, and Ive mad it so that when the car moves, the tires rotate with the car accordingly. I want to make the car do a burnout, then peel out. The tires are grouped with the car body, so that when the car moves, the tired do too. Any one have any idea how I would go about rotating the tires really fast while the car is sitting still, then have the car peel out? Any help is appreciated.


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# 2 06-05-2006 , 06:36 PM
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answer = one word - - Mel

Create a function to rotate the tires fast, then have an if - then statement to revert them to normal rotation when the car has reached a certain point . .


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# 3 06-05-2006 , 07:07 PM
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how about just keyframing the tire rotation.

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or at least having some expression to convert foreward distance traveled by the car into rotation (no hassle keyframing if you have to do a lot of start-stop)

but keyframing would work fine if the car is going kinda the same speed the entire time.


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# 5 07-05-2006 , 04:58 AM
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Skywola - I have no idea how to use/create MEL's. I know Visual Basic uses if - then statements, and I know the basics of VB. Is MEL based off VB, or its own language, or what?

Vlad - Id prefer not to keyframe the rotation. I also noticed that the rotate Z field of the tires is oranged/pinked out. Will that throw off the rotation of the tire when the car is moving? Or could I just make it so that once the tires stop spinning as the car is sitting still, make them go back to 0 degrees, and it should pick up normally and rotate, right?

Matt - I already have it so that when the car moves, the tires rotate according to how far the car has traveled. I did it by using Set Driven Keys. I dont have to keyframe anything to get the tires rotating. Im trying to get the tires to rotate when the car is sitting still, without messing up the SDK.


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# 6 07-05-2006 , 12:27 PM
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I see.

Oh, and MEL is based off of C++ or Java, but VB would help you learn it (I really can't stand how MEL is formatted, language structure-wise. I much prefer c++)


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# 7 07-05-2006 , 05:51 PM
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Think the best thing to do would be to keyframe it at the point its still, like vlad said.

# 8 08-05-2006 , 01:08 AM
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yeah im having the same problem with my part of the animation. I was thinking of keyframing the spinning of the tires and i was just going to keyframe all of the tire movements. Since i plan on having my car skid sideways at a section the sdk wouldnt work...

When you come over next time well test out some stuff. But im gunna go with vlad on this.


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# 9 08-05-2006 , 09:10 PM
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Hi

The bestway to do this would be to connect the translation calc to the wheel rotation via some utility nodes.

Use a condition node to allow option of different input/output conditions i.e set ouput to be color true if vehicle tx, tz is changing and output color false to be a fixed or adjustable value which can be set using a custom attriubute via a mulipy/divide node.

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# 10 11-05-2006 , 03:02 PM
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Davvey, that is exactly what I need to do. I understand what you mean about it, but I have NO idea how to go about doing it. Any help, please? Ive never messed with an utility node before. Thanx user added image


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# 11 11-05-2006 , 05:38 PM
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Hi
I have attached a maya scene file with a simple vehicle rigged with a set up using utility nodes.

The rig is not completed but if you look in the hypergraph you should see how the nodes have been connected. If you want I can try and knock up a mel script to do something like this, but the translation/rotation has not been fully tested so I am not sure if it works in all directions as required. The sphere acts as a rig controller.

The way to do this is if you have an expression that works print it out and then use utility nodes to mimic the expressions formulas.

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# 12 11-05-2006 , 06:16 PM
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The attached file errors when it opens. Did it not upload fully or something? If you want to go ahead and make a MEL script for it, I can play with the translation settings and try to get it working. I just have no idea where to start the whole thing. Thanx for the help. I appreciate it. user added image


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# 13 11-05-2006 , 09:17 PM
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Hi
This is a version for Maya 5.0 also it has been rigged for suspension control again using utility nodes. Try this version and let me know.

P.S will do mel script to follopw.

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