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#1 jamoram62

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

Just for the fun of it.

 

Demo clip:

 

 

Now available at my shared folder (see signature below).

Filename: jm_DrinkingBird-########.zip

 

PS: PLEASE NOTE: a new version of the mod is now available, with a more correct animation and some other visual improvements -don't you love that feathered tail?

 

 


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!


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#3 jamoram62

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 01:11 PM

Thank you.

 

You may like to know there's a new version of the mod with some fixes applied.

 


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:58 PM

Very cool. That bird sure brings back some memories. 



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 03:27 PM

Yeah, I've got one of those for repeatedly pressing the intro key when running installation wizards.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:49 PM

Do you use Sketchup? I was just wondering. I have yet to use it. Still learning all this stuff. LOL



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 05:00 PM

Do you use Sketchup? I was just wondering. I have yet to use it. Still learning all this stuff. LOL

 

No, I do use FragMotion (http://www.fragmosoft.com/) for all my modding work, be it creating my own models, importing and modifying third-party models,  or animating.

 

Should you ever be seriously interested in modding, I'd suggest you to use FragMotion, as it's an incredibly powerful tool for a very affordable price. It also offers a "prayware" option, if you don't mind to stand some little nuisance once a week. I'd gladly lend you a hand in case you finally decide to get into modding. Also there's an introductory video about Fragmotion by our Nahton, plus some addition videotutorials published in Youtube


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

Thank you. If I should try it, I would certainly appreciate your help. To use Fragmosoft would be something I'd consider down the road.

I'll definitely check out Nahton's video as well.

 

Thanks again, J.  :)



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:06 PM

Brilliant. Made me think that maybe you could do a drinking glass that has contents that move with gravity? I guess that would be back into the arena of hand-held props/animation issues.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:48 AM

Brilliant. Made me think that maybe you could do a drinking glass that has contents that move with gravity? I guess that would be back into the arena of hand-held props/animation issues.

 

You're absolutely right, sir. For that kind of prop, the held one would be the way to go, I think. One thing to have into account when modelling the animation of the liquid surface so it's always normal to the gravity force, it's that, assuming a glass of circular section, when the glass is tilted the liquid surface will become an ellipse, with an eccentricity larger as the angle of inclination of the containing glass grows. It can be done, by using a series of bones associated to the vertices around the surface of the liquid.

 

However, there's a caveat to this approach, should it be implemented: the illusion of a correct simulation will be ruined if the puppet holding the glass concurrently performs any animation involving the root bone, some of the torso bones or, of course, the arm holding the glass, in a way that its angle rotation relative to the Z-axis is altered.

 

As for the drinking bird, it's a fascinating contraption and much more than a simple toy. Apart from the principles it's based on, its apparent behaviour is mighty interesting on his own. It does work as a relaxation oscillator with a very long period, well over the dozen of seconds, with a transient dampened oscillation of a much higher frequency superimposed to it immediately after the relaxation event is triggered, followed by a long ramp. Graphically, it would go like this (alpha: angle formed by the longitunal tube in relation to the surface the birdie is resting on):

 

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Right now, I'm not sure about the kind of function representing the value of alpha in function of the time, for both its ascending and ramp portions. The transient oscillation, I guess, it's a dampened sine function.

 

BTW; this type of oscillators are very commonly found in natural dynamic systems (heart pacemaker, dripping, to just mention a couple of them).

 

Of course the animation included only simulates this behaviour in a very crude way, but, hey, it's free! Also I didn't want to waste more than a few hours with this silly thing.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:44 PM

New release now available (jm_DrinkingBird-20171023.zip)

 

From the README file:

 

 

CHANGE HISTORY:
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2017/10/23 : Some issues with the normals of the mesh fixed.

2017/10/22 : First public release

 

 


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 04:42 PM

Mod has now been renamed to jm_DesktopClutter

 

The birdie won't be alone on your desktop any more. Introducing to you the amazing Newton's Cradle.

 

Watch both annoyances in action at the same time:

 

 

From the README file:

 

 

jm_DesktopClutter
    LAST UPDATED: 2017/10/24
    

    Little silly mostly useless thingies, just for fun:
        - Drinking bird (Scalable and tintable)
        - Newton's craddle (3 variants, 1 tintable)

    
CHANGE HISTORY:
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2017/10/24 : mod renamed, now including Newton's Cradle

2017/10/23 : Some issues with the normals of the mesh fixed.

2017/10/22 : First public release (Drinking Bird)

 

 

 


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