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GlassDPM
07-23-2011, 10:56 PM
Hello all,

I'm looking to animate a barcode scanning for a quick animation. I want kind of a fog effect, red laser changes to green (think: accesss granted). Kind of cheesy but nothing too fancy. I've toyed with 1 poly illuminated techniques, but wanted to ask the forum for recommendation or tutorial link before committing.

Thanks

dwburman
07-24-2011, 12:04 AM
I think I'd start with an illuminated poly with maybe a smoke or turbulence procedural in the transparency channel to make it resemble a laser in smoke. I might also move/vibrate the poly slightly, quickly (<2 or 2 frame animation) with motion blur on to give it a little depth.

I might also try a volumetric light with a smoke or turbulence texture (texture only mode) one a spot light that's projecting an image of a line, but I think I'd try the poly method first.

GlassDPM
08-22-2011, 07:10 AM
dwburman,

thanks for the advice. It came in handy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etFue5hf5M

This ended up being the result. I went with a volumetric spotlight and a projection image of a red horizontal line.

SoundFx used from freesound.org

dwburman
08-27-2011, 05:21 PM
Glad to help!