|Automatic Writing by Tony Carretti (http://www.primagraphics.com)|
a simple tutorial for Newtek's Inspire 3D program that will show you how
to model a pencil and then animate it to create an effect of "automatic"
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When you get to about frame 200 you're going to stop writing and get ready to put the pencil to rest on the paper surface. Turn on the Y button when you are using the Move tool and you will now be able to "raise" the pencil up into the air. Create a keyframe for it as it begins to rise. Add some rotation and some more movement and keyframe again. Bring it down so that it is "resting" on the paper.
will be easier to do
if you are using the Front view so that you will be able to see exactly
when the pencil comes in contact with the paper. Now that you have completed
keyframing your animation you can render it. Choose your resolution size
and anti-aliasing quality under the camera menu. Then go to the render
menu and make sure that you change the Render Last Frame value to 300.
Also make sure that you check the box for Automatic Frame Advance. Select
the Save Animation button and give it the file name pencil.avi Under animation
type, choose Newtek_AVI and choose the compression format that you prefer.
Just for reference, I used the Cinepak codec with 50% compression. Now
just let Inspire render the animation. There you have it! If you wanted
to dress it up a little bit, you could create an image map for the pencil
in a graphics program like Adobe Photoshop and map it to the "body" section
so that your pencil would have a more realistic look. You could also map
an image of a blank lined piece of paper to your "paper" object for a
nice touch also. I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. Remember, if
you break down your project, it makes it a heck of a lot easier to come
up with a nice finished product. Happy rendering!