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    Animating a pipe...

    I've searched the forum and have found tutorials/info on making things flow through a predefined "pipe" object, but what I am trying to animate is something like a long pipe being "drawn" on a path. I watched the tut on LW's homepage on serpent- and that's kind of the idea, but I need the tail of the serpent to remain fixed, but as the front should move along the path and appear to grow.
    I hope I am describing this well-- remember the old windows screensaver where it looked like pipes were being drawn in 3D and it just extended... like that only more smooth/organic and with curves.

    Any help would be much appreciated-
    Thanks!

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    Have a try with fertilizer ?

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    Sounds like the morph down a bone trick or Shift Spline Transform to the rescue.

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    you need the fertilizer plugin available here: http://www2.informatik.hu-berlin.de/...ch/Fertilizer/

    If you need the 64bit plugin and it's not included in the download I can dig it out for you. I haven't used it for a while but I have used it for growing veins and branches...unfortunately the developer hasn't kept the website updated so it might not be the latest build...but I can dig it out if it's not

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    Thanks for the quick responses- does anyone have experience using fertilizer plugin on LW 9.6.1 on a mac? Plugin fails to load...
    Perhaps I do need the 64 bit version, biliousfrog - as long as it runs on mac.

    Thanks so much

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    now that it appears around here...anyone knows if thereīs a 64-bit version of Shift Spline Transform? I havenīt found anything that can substitute it, but I only install 64-bit versions now in my system.
    Do I really have to install a 32-bit version just for using shift spline transform?
    3d animation? Hah! Did you take a look through your window?thereīs plenty of it...and pre-rendered!!

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    you could use DP's shifter node.
    here's a tutorial even.
    http://soldierwithin.home.comcast.ne...in/shifter.mov

    as for the head of the pipe, you'd probably need to animate that as a separate layer at the front of the growth curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshmiller1 View Post
    Thanks for the quick responses- does anyone have experience using fertilizer plugin on LW 9.6.1 on a mac? Plugin fails to load...
    Perhaps I do need the 64 bit version, biliousfrog - as long as it runs on mac.

    Thanks so much
    I only have the PC versions I'm afraid. You could contact the developers and see whether it was updated.

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    i need fertilizer for mac 9.6, any help?

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    Fertilizer

    Quote Originally Posted by biliousfrog View Post
    I only have the PC versions I'm afraid. You could contact the developers and see whether it was updated.
    Hi mate didnt know there was a 64 bit version, i would love to get hold of it if possible
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    Hi mate didnt know there was a 64 bit version, i would love to get hold of it if possible
    :agree:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astralworkz View Post
    :agree:
    Me too!!

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