JULY 17, 2003
Take a look at the Parent Panel. If it's not open, you'll need to make it visible. There are a couple of ways to show/hide these. One access is through the wing(arrow)tab on the upper right corner of the timeline (just above the marker icon). Another way I use is CTRL-click on the "Source Name" panel. You have the same choices there.
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The child will follow the parent based on the Anchor Point Orientation, so let's test it out.
First, link Solid 6 to Solid 5. Simply Drag the PickWhip from Solid 6 to the title "Solid 5" (or you can choose it from the pulldown list of layers).
Solid 2, 3, 4, and 5 will all parent Solid 1. You can multiply select Solids 2-5, then pickwhip Solid 1 to grab all.
Now we need to rotate the solids to make the cube.
Solids 2 and 3 will rotate along the Y-axis 90 degrees. Solid 2 will rotate (-90) Solid 3 will rotate (+90).
Solid 4 and 5 will rotate along the X-axis 90 degrees. Solid 4 will rotate (+90), Solid 5 will rotate (-90).
Notice that Solid 6 flipped back when Solid 5 rotated: aha! The beauty of a parent. Let's take a look at the setup from another angle.
All we need to do is rotate Solid 6 another (-90) degrees to close the cube.
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