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Texture-driven objects in Maya
Texture-driven objects in Maya
Romix, added 2009-05-28 09:57:37 UTC 20,544 views  Rating:
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Launch tutorial

My purpose here is to explain how we can move objects using a texture in Maya. In this example, were going to create a kind of animated surface compound of thousands of tiny cubes

Basically, the idea is to create a nurbs surface with a greyscale animated texture which drives all the objects : every object picks up the color of the texture right underneath and uses it as a vertical translation : up when the color is white, and down when its black. So you can get some nice effects, every object follows the texture and behaves like if its a part of an unique surface.