View Full Version : Animated Lines

03-15-2003, 07:06 AM
I am trying to animate a line over a map texture like you have seen on movies, example an animated line will go from state to state. Does anyone know how to create this effect. Thanks.


03-15-2003, 05:59 PM
if the line doesnt do many turns you could simply animate a transparency or clip map use a small black and white image with no texture blending, stretched to double the size of the total line and move it with a null.

03-16-2003, 12:39 AM
Hmmm, sounds like you need to check out FI's TraceLine plugin - You draw your shape in Modeler using, say, the sketch or spline tool, convert it to a 2 point poly chain using 'Curves 2 lines' (also by FI) and then apply Traceline in Layout to 'draw' the shape back to the original over a specified speed/frames!

Its awesome for text, logo's, writing animations - In 7.x, you can lock a null onto the end of the 'line' so that you can attach a model to the tip, like a pen or pencil, or a laser beam/lens flare!

FI's plugins really rock! You can get it from: