Thanks, always nice to see things like these.
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As for the tail, the one linked in the original post is more of an automatic solution. You move the yellow bone and the rest of the bones move with it. The parent bone (the one above the yellow bone) is used when you need to adjust the height. If even more control over how the tail curls is needed, a null modifier can be applied to relativity. If you want to curl the tail downward and lift, you can move the parent bone upward and the tail controller downward to get a nice upward curling motion. Or, you can also use MF motion baker then switch to IKB keyframing if you need total control (after baking, you can just uncheck all the relativity motion modifiers on the tail bones and leave it there for later use).
i see now, i copied one frame (hpb) to another frame the vector using VectorCP,As for the tail, the one linked in the original post is more of an automatic solution
while the rotation was identical, i found the two frames ended up looking different.
i guess it's a semi-automatic solution?
edit, ah, this line explained it
my mistake, didn't read the tail intro text properly....you can adjust the speed in real time by using a null to drive the delay of the bones
so yep, more specific tail animations will have to be "hand" animated...
luckily ikb is good at that too though...
1) Relativity applied to the bones automates the smoothing of the tail movements for very fluid results.
2) When manual control is needed one can use MF motion baker on the automation section of animation (using a step of 3-4 is fine, more if your FPS is high), uncheck the relativity property on the bones (don't delete them, you can re-use them!), and animate with IKB. I have found that for about 90% of my animation in Delura, the relativity tail is more than suitable... its when choreography is involved where you may want to hand-animate some stuff (IE: a character gets pulled by their tail, or they knock something over with it, or there's a fight scene where rapid motions are in play). IKB allows for this kind of stuff without a complicated rig, and can be changed in mid animation of course.
I almost never use the null speed modifier for relativity (because its usually faster to just switch to IKB), but I have tried it and it does work. I imagine this might be handy when it is important that the bone movements are as fluid as possible.