View Full Version : Tutorial online, smooth indefinite tumble

09-22-2007, 09:40 AM
Hi All,
I have just put a new tutorial on my web site:


It's simple but may be useful - it covers how to do a smooth indefinite tumble of an object, without the problems you get by simply extending a rotation in H, P and B indefinitely, by means of a nest of 3 nulls each parented to the other.

Sample scene included so you can simply replace the object. Very handy for a view of something from all angles to show it off.


09-22-2007, 09:51 AM
It seems your avi file (tie-tumble.avi) is broken! but thnx for the tut! :)

09-22-2007, 10:01 AM
Now fixed (I think!), thanks for pointing it out.

09-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Hello,I have a question about your Starfield lws. I am dealing with lw 7.0 and cannot load the scean,however I can load the star objects. What is the proper motion (s) in your starfield? Do I place a camera in the center,and slowly rotate,or fly thru it? or a combination of both.


09-27-2007, 04:58 PM
The avi files are not playing for me. It says "missing module" whatever that means. I did download the latest divx codecs and that did not help. Is anyone else having a problem with these files?


09-28-2007, 12:08 AM
"tie-tumble" plays for me in the latest DivX player with the 6.7 codec, but not in Media Player 11.
( cool, btw. :) )
"tumble-vid2" doesn't play in either, giving codec error messages.

09-28-2007, 01:14 AM
Thanks to all for the feedback...

The vid is Mp4 (I'm pretty sure!). The scenes are VERY quick to render though, and a preview from the scene will take seconds to knock up, so if you have problems I suggest you just try it. I long ago gave up on making vids anyone can play...

The only pretty much universal ones like cinepak give lousy reults, large files, or both.

The star fields object...
This is a simple one metre ball of points, with 7 differing levels of brightness. It is intended to provide still star backdrops, NOT star trek style moving star fields. You will very probably want to twiddle the surfaces and brightness. I had expected it to be rendered separately, if you want to put it into the same scene as a spaceship, you will need to make it a LOT bigger, (I recommend in Layout not Modeler)

I attach a screen grab from the scene, and a render of the star field (showing Orion bottom and left of centre, Taurus towards the upper right, and the Plaiedes top right.)


09-29-2007, 09:19 AM
Thank You Nick,

I did a quiick animation of it,and it came out good enough for my use.and brightening up the stars really improved the look.

09-29-2007, 09:31 AM
Neither AVIs play on my system either :(

09-29-2007, 06:03 PM
Thank you. I'll check that out later. :)