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TECHNICAL DIRECTORS TRAINING
14 - Playing Marble (Materials)
15 - Eat My Dust (Volumetrics)
16 - Smoke, Wind, and Fire (Particles)
17 - Cosmic Bowling (Dynamics)
18 - Waving the Flag (Cloth)
19 - Flying South (Flocks)

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Exercise 17: Cosmic Bowling
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animateden
Name:  Den Dotson

Exercises Completed:  Seventeen
Date Completed:  Friday April 8, 2005

Instructor:  Rodney (my Bowling Buddy) and that guy on the web tutorials still kinda gettin used to the new web guy

Remarks/Suggestions for Improvement: Need to find a way to make the ball roll the whole way.

Here is a link to the 17th completed exercise:

http://homepage.mac.com/animateden/hash/CosmicBowlingsm.mov

Thanks Rodney,
-Den
Rodney
QUOTE
Need to find a way to make the ball roll the whole way.


No kiddin'! It looks like you really threw that thing down the alley with power!
Nice quality to that render as well.

We had a discussion on rolling the ball several months back.
I'll try to dig it up.

Looks like I had better start prepping your certificate! smile.gif

-Rodney
animateden
Now we are rolling...

I just couldn't leave this one alone until I got the ball rolling. Keep prepping that certificate I can smell the ink on it from here.

Here is a link to the rolling version of the Cosmic Bowling Exercise.

http://homepage.mac.com/animateden/hash/CosmicBowling04s.mov

Thanks Rodney,
-Den
Rodney
Gahh... I'm stuck in a place I can't see your movie... but I will first thing in the morning.

Pardon me while I try to distract you so I get more time to personalize your certificate. wink.gif
peterpan
Nice one, animatedene and I expect anyone who`s watch`d it will wonder as to how you made the spining ball? dry.gif
Rodney
Den,
Now that is how you bowl! Nice spin on that one. smile.gif

Now you have to tell everyone your secret.
animateden
Ah you want secrets....

Here ya go it is really more about math and patience than anything else. I keyframed the animation on top of the already running dynamic simulation.

I decided a bowling ball should rotate about three times a second. That is a complete rotation every ten frames. So I did some math. On each frame I added 36 degrees to the ball's X rotation.

It took awhile but in the end it worked the best. I tried an action and it didn't look right. The simulation seemed to fight with it and the ball wobbled instead of rolling.

-Den
Fishman
Nice job!

Doesn't the asphalt bowling lane tear up your bowling ball? biggrin.gif

Scott
Rodney
QUOTE
Doesn't the asphalt bowling lane tear up your bowling ball?


Scott,
You obviously have never seen Den bowl before... or his patent pending bowling ball. tongue.gif
tommyj1112
Name: Tom Jansen
Exercise: #17 Cosmic Bowling
Date: May 9, 2005
Comments: I really liked the way Den's ball rolled, so I used his technique (props to Den). Hehe.. of course, wouldn't you know that I went through and added the rotation frame by frame all the through.... before realizing that I had the ball rolling backwards!! D'oh! I knew something didn't look right. So went back and fixed it up again... frame by frame. All better now.

Now... I'm not a great bowler (actually, my greatest bowling accomplishment is to get a gutter ball while playing bumper bowling! It takes real skills to suck that bad!), but I don't think I've ever seen a pin slide quite like that last one wink.gif

That was all a part of the simulation... honest!

Here's the clip: http://cybersummit.org/AM/Ex17_Bowling.mov

Thanks!
Tommy
Rodney
QUOTE
I don't think I've ever seen a pin slide quite like that last one


Most excellent all around animation!
Well lit... great atmosphere... sound.... ball rolling the right way... biggrin.gif

Well done!

The movement of that last pin makes me think it would be fun to create a little animation of the pin hopping around trying to avoid the ball. As it stands it's more than a little strange.
forevernameless
Name: Tenez Waggoner
Excercise Completed: 17 Cosmic Bowling
Date Completed: May 25,2005
Remarks/Suggestions: I knew I wouldn't be satisfied without a rolling ball, so I animated it frame by frame. whew!
Rodney
Hmmm... what is up with that pin sliding over?? Everyone seems to be getting that these days.
Leo73
Name: Leo Mitchell
Exercise Completed: #17 Cosmic Bowling
Date Completed: 08 June 05
Instructor: Web tut guy

Cosmic Bowling
Rodney
I almost didn't think that last pin was going to fall. wink.gif

If your ball rotated that would be a perfection execution of a cosmic strike!
pwaslen
Name: Paula Waslen

Exercise Completed: #17 Cosmic Bowling

Date Completed: Jun 25, 2005

This one was interesting, although I didn't take too much time to play with the settings.

Cosmic Bowling
zowat
Name : Erik Kirschberg

Excercise : #17 Cosmic Bowling

Date Completed : 9/17/05

Instructor : Web tutorial and Manual

Comments : I had some trouble getting the simulation to work right in Version 12h. So I opened it in version 11.1b and ran the simulation there instead which worked fine. SOrry for the small size i dont have my own web space yet so i had to make it fit here
Elissa
Name: Melissa "Elissa" Heldenbergh

Exercises Completed: 18

Date Completed: Oct 18th, 2005

Instructor: A few years of A:M use, the book, and web tutorials, plus also doing the mentor program with Paul Daley. David Rogers book... Jeff Lew's DVD.

Comments: I haven't used Rigid Bodies beyond this exercise, but this does seem useful for jolly characters and
knocking objects over. Though I understand there are easier plug-ins that also so this. Not really my area.
Dhar
Name: Dhar Jabouri

Exercises Completed: 18

Date Completed: Nov. 01, 2005

Instructor: Online tutorial.

Comments: The ball didn't turn the way I wanted, but hey, it's a strike laugh.gif
Odog2020
Names: James A. Owens
Exercises Completed: 1-10, 12-19
Date Completed: 22 October 2005

This video is really small, I have posted a larger file on my TAMO page. My TAMO page

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kuep
Name: John Kuepper
Excercise Completed: 17
Date Completed: Nov 11, 2005
Remarks/Suggestions:
c-wheeler
Ages since I submitted to this thread Rodney

Heres mine:-
Rodney
Great to have you back Chris. smile.gif
noewjook
Name:Marc Vancouillie
Exercise completed #17: Cosmic Bowling
Date completed 12/06/05



Instructor:t.a.o.AM book and reading
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splinesmith
Name: Splinesmith(Kurt Lange)

Exercises Completed:17
Instructor:the manual.

Remarks/Suggestions for improvement:N/A
dkarpp
Name: Douglas Karpp
Exercise: Exercise 17: Cosmic Bowling
Date Completed: December 26, 2005

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MMZ_TimeLord
Name: Jody Krivohlavek

Exercise Completed: Exercise 17

Date Completed: January 5, 2006

Instructor: AM Handbook, Video Tutorial and everyone that's ever posted to these forums.
(Been around since the Playmation days )

Remarks/Suggestions for Improvement:
I got the sliding ball as well. Didn't bother to tweak with it. sad.gif

Also, contrary to the tutorial video, you have to turn the pin constraints to 100% or they won't budge! blink.gif (V12.0q)
rossk
Name: Ross Klettke
Exer Completed: 17
Date completed: 1-24-06

remarks-- Tried to delete rotational data put in by the rigid body simulation and then put in several keyframes to control the bowling ball's x-rotation but encountered circularity error or something. Is there any way to change the curves view back to what it was in previous versions? I'm using v12q and the curves timeline, especially when I try to move a keyframe up or down is scaling very weirdly...

So end story is that the ball doesn't rotate wink.gif
Robert-Jank
Name: Micah Jank

Exersise Completed: 17, Cosmic Bowling

Date completed: January 25, 2006

remarks-- wow im better in the movie than in real life! laugh.gif











http://media.putfile.com/Bowling-Project
Atomike
Mike Dalton
Exercises Completed: 17
Completed: March 9th 2006

Notes: I didn't like the camera-move in the Chor, so I changed that. I think a simple "aim at" camera constraint to the ball (with some tweaking) works better.
I had to crack into the rigid body constraint keyframes to fix the "sliding pin" syndrome too.
bobkoonce
Name: Bob Koonce

Exercise Completed: 17 Cosmic Bowling

Date Completed: 3-25-06

Instructor: Individuals on forum, TAoA:M, Video tutorials, and other material.

Remarks/Suggestions for improvement: None at this time

Any comments or constructive criticism will be appreciated.

Thankx,
Bob Koonce cool.gif
Leo73
Excellent job Bob. Keep at it, your almost done.

Leo
stinkyu111
Name: Stephen Molloy

Exercise: #17

Date: March 31, 2006

Instructor: Web


Leo73
Excellent work Stephen. Only two more to go, unless your doing the Wookiee and the Cooper tutorial.

Good luck with the end of them

stinkyu111
i skipped 3 and i'll go back to them later

giraffe, show some back bone and fire smoke

jbooker
What is the best way to render a Mov. file to fit on the this website (settings) any help would be greatly appreciated huh.gif
jbooker
Name : John Booker

Excercise : #17 Cosmic Bowling

Date Completed : April 5, 2006

Instructor : Web tutorial and Manual

Comments :I figured the format out... I didn't add a roll though...rolleyes.gif

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Rodney
QUOTE
Comments :I figured the format out... I didn't add a roll though...


He shoots. He scores!*

Figuring out how to get work published (formats and size constraints that is) is an important part of the over all TAoAM experience. In the end... nothing works quite like success. smile.gif

Nice work... very colorful too.
We are definitely going to have to devise a quick method of adding roll to really bring home this exercise. Hmmm....

*I should've said 'SteeeeeeeRIKE!" but hey... it sounded good at the time.
Leo73
Excellent job John. I like the over all lighting of it. Rendering this project small enough to be put on the forum can be quite a challenge, but you nailed it.

Keep up the good work

cuboos
i have finished the project but it is to big for the forum and i cant load it on youtube.com or zippyvideos.com can emile it to some one so the can post it?
cuboos
Name: sam wiley


comments/suggestions: i found a way to get rid of the remaining pins that the ball didn't hit and dose any one know why the glow disappeared?


IPB Image
Neu_Type
Name: James M Glover

Exercise Completed: Exercise 17

Date Completed: 6 Aug, 2006

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Does this count as a strike?

My computer choked on the ridgid body,
but I found its easier to roll the ball with physics... cool.gif
Rodney
HOLY! blink.gif

I am NOT bowling with you... EVER.

You're going to have to reveal all your secrets... what is it? Top Spin? Steel cored ball?
Seriously... that's very cool.
LurkerAbove
Name: Glen Clarkson
Exercise: 18. Cosmic Bowling (Dynamics)
Date Completed: 8/24/2006

Notes: I have rendered, hear me roar!

Bowling for Cosmics

JohnnyB
I can't seem to load the Cosmic Bowling project.

I get the following message and if I try work-arounds it crashes the program.

Exception #004. Loading Cosmic Bowling Objects

JohnnyB sad.gif

Rodney
JohnnyB,
I'm not sure what to diagnose.
Not enough information to go on.

You might try to turn off any unnecessary settings (hair etc) and see if that helps.
I haven't seen anyone else report a similar problem so that is both good and bad.

I'll reload the exercise here.
What version of A:M are you using?


Neu_Type
When you installed, did you have it copy all the files to the HDD..?
If so, try to load the project from the CD,
I had one of the projects corrupt some how,
but it still loaded fine from the CD...

JohnnyB
QUOTE(Neu_Type @ Aug 29 2006, 03:20 AM) *

When you installed, did you have it copy all the files to the HDD..?
If so, try to load the project from the CD,
I had one of the projects corrupt some how,
but it still loaded fine from the CD...


That did it! Cosmic Bowling loaded fine from the CD. Thank you smile.gif

Johnnyb

QUOTE(Rodney @ Aug 29 2006, 12:19 AM) *

JohnnyB,
I'm not sure what to diagnose.
Not enough information to go on.

You might try to turn off any unnecessary settings (hair etc) and see if that helps.
I haven't seen anyone else report a similar problem so that is both good and bad.

I'll reload the exercise here.
What version of A:M are you using?


Rodney
See below. I'm back on track. My version is 13.0e. I had to download the update and since then things haven't quite been the same. But I'm soldiering on.

JohnnyB
JohnnyB
Exercise 17: Cosmic Bowling
John Bailey
August 30, 2006

http://media.putfile.com/Strike-23

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No problems, once I loaded it from the CD (now why didn't I think of that? Duh!). I even scored a strike.

Thanks to all for the hand holding.

JohnnyB rolleyes.gif
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