ANIMAX - Procedural animation system

by Monaime in Scripts and Addons

ANIMAX

ANIMAX is a procedural animation system for Blender. Useful for animating multiple objects. It allows you to create complex animations that are hard to achieve using Blender's built in animation tools. 



Why ANIMAX ?

You may ask yourself: Why should i use this plugin?

The short answer is: because you can get some professional looking animations, with a very little effort, in a very short time.

The workflow is straightforward, just choose an effect (or make your own), play with the parameters and the timing, and you have your animation ready, no math or programing required.

If you are a motion graphics artist, then ANIMAX would be a great addition to your arsenal.

Features

  • 15 different effects to choose from + the custom mode to create your own effects.
  • Ease of use, a simple UI and a straightforward workflow.
  • Tools for splitting/shattering a mesh object into pieces.
  • Convert the procedural animation to keyframes.
  • The animation is procedural, but it's possible to keyframe a lot of parameters for more complex animations.
  • And much more… 

The limitations

ANIMAX isn't an all in one solution for all your animations scenarios, because it's designed for some specific animation types, if you want a more complete tool check out  Animation nodes.

  • When using ANIMAX you can animate a limited number of objects (2000 objects, with 3-5 fps in my computer), a stronger computer will not help a lot, do to the nature of Python.
  • The add-on relies on a Python library "Numpy", which is bundled with the official Blender builds, but not with the daily builds.
  • You can Bake (convert to keyframes) only one group of objects at a time.
  • You can control only the (loc, rot, scale) of the objects.


Change Log (The latest version is 1.2.1)

V 1.1.0 - Video demo

  •  3 New Effects (Collapse, Rain, Elastic).
  •  9 New easing types.
  •  A new parameter (Offset) for the Spiral effect.


V 1.2.0 - Video demo

  •  Object Picker: To quickly pick an object.
  •  The possibility to change the location of the add-on's Panel (Tool Shelf, Properties).
  • Pushing the objects away (Custom mode, Transformers effect).
  • Local Rotation (Custom mode, Copy animation effect).
  • The possibility to sort a single direction.


V 1.2.1

  •  bug fix: incorrect baking results when the objects are parented.


Gratitude

A big THANK YOU to:
Jacques Lucke Pratik Solanki Sean Kennedy

A written documentation is included.

And here is a playlist to answer the FAQ (requested by the customers).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEKm0IJXFko&list=PLHQA94bJq143vVSp22yb_lMRtAskqTB-3

I can't install / it's not working.

First make sure that you are using the latest stable release, daily builds and 2.8 branch are not supported.

You will find the installation instructions in the Manual.
Do not extract the zip file, just install it as is.

For MAC OS users the zip file might be extracted automatically after the download, in this case compress the folder "ANIMAX" to a zip file, then follow the instructions in the Manual.

How to transition from a group of objects to another?

Some effects are better for transition like (Shoot, Popcorn, Zigzag, Sparks II, Streaks, Custom...etc)

It's not really morphing from an object to another, but it's an illusion, to make it work the most important aspect is timing.

Here is a video in how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEKm0IJXFko&t

How to apply multiple effects/transitions to the same group?

There are several ways to do so:

  1.  By keyframing the Time parameter
  2.  By keyframing the In/Out parameter and the start frame.
  3.  Baking.


And for multiple effects in a row, just keyframe the Effects dropdown menu.

Here is a video in how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmkKh463avo



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    Coverop 22 days ago

    This little addon is great If you want to create a nice text animation for your video/presentation.

    It may not be perfect but It's a good start.

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    dogcatbeamgmailcom about 2 months ago

    Simple to use. Glad I got it.

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    Jennifer Porteous about 2 months ago

    Easy to achieve impressive effects. Good documentation too.

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    Brano about 2 months ago

    One of my favorites. Easy to use and powerful results!

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      Monaime Zaim about 2 months ago

      Thanks, I'm glad to hear that!

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    Andreas Leiner 3 months ago

    Well done. Easy to use with good results. A good way for quick animation.

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      Monaime Zaim 3 months ago

      Glad you like it!

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    Zacharias Reinhardt about 2 months ago

    I totally love it, very simple to use and great results in no time. Thank you!

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      Monaime Zaim about 2 months ago

      Thank you Zacharias! I'm glad you like it.

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    estudio-gunga about 2 months ago

    Easy to use and happy to see it being updated!

    One thing I would love to see as a feature (although don't know if it is intended to be used that way) is to be able to use it for some motion graphics. A bit like the Commotion addon.

    Cheers :)

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      Monaime Zaim about 2 months ago

      Thanks for rating, if you mean animating the Shape keys, then Yes it's not intended to do so (at least for the time being).

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    Josh 18 days ago

    Awesome. Easy to understand, but powerful and flexible enough to get very unique results. Still experimenting to find all the possibilities. Had some crashes while rendering but baking the animations to keyframes seems to have solved that.

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