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Mograph in R9.6

A little XPresso goes a long way By Ko Maruyama
Here's a little tutorial about how to get around the apparently unanimatable properties for COUNT in Mograph as it is in version 9.6. It has been since corrected in R10, and there is no need for this workaround in the current version of the software.

The main part of the workaround is to understand the properties of Xpresso.  You don't need to create any complicated XPresso hierarchy, but merely a single animatable property which will deliver an animated integer to the COUNT value.

The COUNT value in the mograph cloner in R9.6 does not allow for animation within the attribute window, but it's pretty simple to create an animation for this value by introducing a tag and a node to your scene.

Even better, you can use the same value of the driver to define other numeric properties in your scene!

Click here to see the QuickTime movie on how to set up this scene quickly.

NOTE: You don't need to create polygonal geometry from your reference object unless you're going to add some set selections to make a boundary for your clones.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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