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01-07-2012, 09:21 PM
What is the best way in Layout to pin each end of an object to a null, and have it stretch between those nulls?

More or less I am trying to set up a series of telephone poles and I want to stretch the lines between each pole, depending on where each pole gets moved to.

Seems so simple, but I'm not clear how to set it up?

01-09-2012, 03:16 AM
Worley labs 'dangle' plugin will do it.


01-09-2012, 03:35 AM
Also you can do it with a simple IK setup using IK on both rotation and scale.

I set up this simple scene that allows you to move the poles anywhere and the wire will stretch between them.

I just set the wire to have IK on scale x and rotation h.

Hope this helps.

01-11-2012, 12:22 PM
I forgot to mention I am all old school (out of date) and running on LW 9.3, which dont want to open your scene file.

Can you save it to an older format? And/or briefly explain the process of setting up the IK on the wire?

Thanks for your help,

01-11-2012, 01:55 PM
I think you'll need 9.6 to really use the IK from 9.6 or above.

01-11-2012, 03:33 PM
Have a look at this tutorial: ftp://ftp.newtek.com/multimedia/movies/w3dw/hose.mov

It shows how to animate a line with objects attached at each end.
Hope it helps :)

01-12-2012, 03:47 AM
Hi, I've exported a 9.2 scene for you...