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How to create a moving Tentacle using Procedural animation
How to create a moving Tentacle using Procedural animation
natgeo, added 2005-08-30 11:46:09 UTC 66,779 views  Rating:
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Stage 1:

Creating the Tentacle animation

Go into the side view and create a curve





Rebuild the curve with more CV�s, about 30 will do.

Next create a nurbs circle to the thickness you want your Tentacle to be.

Select the circle then the curve and extrude a surface using the following settings:

Tube

At Path

Component

Profile Normal




Next Duplicate the V curves and hide the extruded surface.

Select the curves and Loft them.

Ok now for the cool part, the Procedural animation.

With the Curves still selected scroll the time slider to where you want the Tentacle to be extended, go into the Inputs in the Channel Box and open the curvesFromSurface----, then right click on the name "Isoparm Value" and create a Keyframe with key selected.

Next scroll back in the time slider to where you wish the animation to begin.

Play back the results.

Congratulations, you now have the created the basic Tentacle animation.