2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2017 7:26 PM by Robert Koch

    Motion Study Animation Question (starting exploded and ending collapsed)

    Robert Koch

      Hello Community!

       

      I have an issue which seems like it should be fairly easy to solve, but for whatever reason I'm having trouble with it.  I have an assembly which I have created an exploded view for I would like to look at the assembly while it is exploded and then have the assembly collapse until it is finished, and end on the part in it's default state.  Midway through my video when I wanted the when the collapse sequence to start, the parts flew out even farther than where they were, and I could tell that it was treating the current configuration (exploded) as the starting point for the "collapse sequence".

       

      I just wanted to show the assembly in the "exploded" configuration without exploding it first, and wondered if there was a way.  The collapse sequence generated from the animation wizard began with the model in its current state, which was already exploded.  When the "collapse" was supposed to be finished, the model was left still exploded.  I just had a misunderstanding of the way the Animation Wizard works didn't realize the configuration of the part has to be locked in for the whole video.

       

      I just wanted some way to do it without needing to explode the assembly first, but I didn't realize that you could cut out the beginning of a video when you export it.  I was trying to keep the video short, which is why I wanted to skip exploding.

       

      I was also curious if the configuration of a part could be changed mid-animation... as if it had one of its own rows with a time bar.  But it does not seem to be.

       

      I appreciate your help in advance!

       

      -Rob

        • Re: Motion Study Animation Question (starting exploded and ending collapsed)
          Rob Rodríguez

          I'm not sure I exactly follow your post but in a nutshell......you want to start an animation with the product exploded, do a turn table and stop somewhere, then have the product collapse?

           

          I would use the animation wizard to explode your product (you have to have an exploded view already set up for this) over 1 second, then do the turn table and then use the wizard again to do the collapse.  The wizard can also do the turntable but I'm not sure how you are setting up your perspective view so the wizard might not be a good option for this?  You can use the wizard multiple times in the same animation sequence.  It's just easier to use it to set up the keys.

           

          So this is in line with what you call a "hack n file solution" I think but.....You don't have to save the whole animation.  You start saving at the 1 second mark so then in your final output your image sequence or avi will start with your product exploded and it will also do the other things you want correctly.

          • Re: Motion Study Animation Question (starting exploded and ending collapsed)
            Robert Koch

            Aaah yes,  I feel stupid now, but this is what I was looking for!  I forgot that you did not need to export the whole file and could cut out the front-end of it.  I will be remaking my animation now and trying it out.  Thanks a ton for your prompt response.

             

            -Rob