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Sunday, January 22, 2006

To Spline or Not to Spline? - A Podcast

Our First Podcast!

I was listening to The Animation Podcast the other day with Eamonn Butler, and he was talking about how he only uses linear knots to animate with. This has been a point of debate among animators since I have been in the industry. I also knew a guy who animated arms with IK always on. We thought he was crazy...Anyway, I thought I would ask around and see what some of the other Docs said. So, presenting our first, and maybe last, podcast. I dont think there is a definite answer and I think both methods have merrit. Especially if you are going for a certain style. So, here it is... I may have gotten carried away with garage-band a bit...

Spline or Line

ps. safari may open it as a text file. Right click to download. Usually plays great in itunes...


Blogger Clay Kaytis said...

I love it! Thanks for putting this out guys. I hope it's the first in a long run of SplineCasts.

10:18 AM

Blogger polymover said...

Awesome! it's great to know how other aniamtors approach their work, keep them coming, i hope to hear more stuff coming from you guys!

11:01 AM

Blogger Mohamed Hashi said...

Yeah, great job guys!! I definitely appreciate what you guys are doing for the community :)

11:28 AM

Blogger Mark DeRidder said...

First of all... yeah... you need to keep doing this splinecast. I think it's a great idea and a treat to hear discussions between Pixar animators reguarding animation methods.

And I'm really glad you started off by touching on the topic of what type of splines to use. I too was interested to hear how Eamonn Butler chooses to use linear splines and the pose-to-pose method for 3D animation. I use a layered approach with b-splines and I think it's time I changed my habbits.

Anyhow, thanks so much for this blog and the podcast. Keep em commin'!


12:53 PM

Blogger Goro said...

Hehe great stuff!
Not only informative but also very entertaining! Many thnx!

1:52 PM

Blogger amelia said...

COol! Another podcast about animation! I really liked this, so you guys should keep them coming. Since I don't know ANY computer animator lingo (I don't even know what a spline is!) I was a little lost, but I'll learn all that soon enough!

Keep it up!


3:36 PM

Blogger erica said...

Really enlightening! A lot of animators I know shy away from splines during the blocking phase; they say it tends to cause floaty-looking animation (but you guys don't seem to have that problem!).

I usually use a method similar to Mike V, using stepped blocking and assymetrical splines later. Although (gasp!) I've never learned how to properly animate with FK arms. I'm another one who's always got IK switched on... perhaps it's time to learn!

Great podcast! Looking forward to more. :)

5:24 PM

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6:17 PM

Blogger Drew said...

this is really great. looking forward to more of this stuff. one thing i found to be useful is to use linear just to pose stuff out and then switch to splines. it usually gets things there pretty quickly. but who am i?


7:44 PM

Blogger Charles Looker said...

Few!... im sticking to splines. I could never get the hang of the linear/step as i was always having to go in and do tons of clean up. I'll do a really rough block with bsplines both sym/asymetrical. Then do a mixture of shifting tracks, and refining, arcs etc etc

thx again

7:56 PM

Blogger Rico said...

Thanks and good to know how other animators work. I hope this the beginning of something new. I like the "SplineCasts", keep'em coming.

8:22 PM

Blogger Mark DeRidder said...

For your next podcast or blog, it would be interesting to hear your views on the Pixar/Disney news. If you would be willing to share.

8:26 AM

Blogger Dr. Gordon said...

I don't really know if we want the site to be about the entertainment biz. Spline doctors is about animation education and just being an animator. Sure, we could do a big podcast about every detail of what happened yesterday, but that would not be cool.

I feel alot better about everything after John talked to some of the animators after work. I think it will be a positive thing. Everyone involved in the deal rally cares about Pixar. Its also great for Disney animation.


8:53 AM

Blogger Mark DeRidder said...

Gotcha. That makes sense.

10:15 AM

Blogger t said...

Great podcast! Honestly, I like how it's rough and informal. An in-depth audio tutorial is something you could get paid for - I think these podcasts would be great if they were focused on a particular subject, and interviewing as many animators as you can on their perspectives, tips, and hints. It would be entertaining and useful for those of us that study and practice the subject incessantly. And I love the pictures of the interviewee's that show up in quicktime - makes it easy to find a particular section again (and puts a face to the voice)...

1:46 PM

Blogger the clownninja said...

please do more of this...I neeeed lurning

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