ANIMAX - Procedural animation system

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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.


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

How to use ANIMAX with the cell fracture add-on?
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



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

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.

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    Zacharias Reinhardt about 13 hours ago

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

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    Andreas Leiner about 1 month ago

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

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      Monaime Zaim about 1 month ago

      Glad you like it!

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