I hope this gives food for thought.
Now I’m really proud of myself - as this is exactly how I saw myself using it. That is, until I saw that FD is planning to try and create a walk cycler… which would be much better, as it would likely remove the problems between the feet and ground (sliding).
Still. FD may take his time working on that walk designer. Like you’ve said, one might have to adjust velocity… I was thinking along the other path… stretch or contract the NLA clip to match the velocity prior to placing that check mark into the ‘loop’ box. Either way… his conversion of BOIDs to Carrara via PyCarrara is a true blessing to the Carrara Animation society as a whole. Hmmm… that has a nice ring to it… Carrara Animation Society! Phil, you wanna start a club?
Speaking of which, I wonder if this script is copping any buzz down at Carrarators. I’m so far behind in what I mean to do here, and at the Cafe, that I’m having a hard time making it to 0oseven’s cool new site. I guess he has some bugs to work out, though… so maybe I have time.
Back to PySwarm, I have been getting all sorts of imaginative ideas for uses with this script. Follow me on this, Phil… you know how you made those shaders for your particles bit on the rocket in the Advanced Training? What if we used similar techniques (without using the Particles Shader, but similar techniques) to use these BOIDs as special effects, natural effects, other scene elements? With this sort of power, we could even use this along with the powers of PyCloid to create some real, running water, I’m thinking! Flocking and Predator swarming behaviors can have all sorts of benefits to animation - even if (perhaps, especially if…) you can barely see the driven objects, due to them being nothing more than fantastical air or (with the use of PyCloid) swarms of bugs or other type of effect…
The problem is two-fold:
My imagination won’t let me sleep and
My project won’t allow me the few minutes to try the script for myself, right now
Soon, though. I’ve watch the video and would love to see it again, but I’ve finally got that song out of my head. Hmmm… dilemmas.