Can I make simple animations with Moi3D?

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 From:  none (EVALON)
6232.1 
Hi all,

I have a possibly quick question that I hope one of you can help with:

I am in need of making some relatively simple surface objects preferably in Moi3D and then I will need these objects to move in simple ways (simple rotation) relative to eachother with a couple of light sources shining down through parts of the objects. The objects should be variably transparent through their surface so that when they rotate the light sources shine through the surfaces to a varying degree. I hope it is just reasonably clear what I'm considering doing ;-)

One of you know if this can be done in a simple way with Moi3D? - or is there another program that is more obvious to use? If another program is more obvious it needs be intuitive and simple to use/learn to use and preferably a free-ware version as I basically only need to make this illustration.

Greetings,

Jesper
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 From:  Michael Gibson
6232.2 In reply to 6232.1 
Hi Jesper, MoI itself is focused just on modeling, not on generating animations or doing renderings with transparency.

So you'll need to use a different rendering program in order to do those parts of what you're asking about.

You might want to take a look at Simlab composer, it may fit what you need, they have a trial version here:
http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/simlab-composer-main.aspx

If your model is simple enough you may be able to do the whole thing inside of of Simlab. If you need more detailed modeling, then MoI can be useful for creating the model and then you would export it out from MoI in OBJ format and then import that into Simlab for rendering and animation in there.

re: freeware programs - just sort of due to the nature of things it's not very common for freeware to also be intuitive and simple to use. The main freeware animation program is called Blender: http://www.blender.org/ . Maybe check out Anim8tor too: http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html

- Michael
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
6232.3 
The more easy program for make animation and free ;)
and directly format saved from Moi (SKP) is Sketchup!
http://www.sketchup.com/
see my little video ;) http://moiscript.weebly.com/video05-plug-su.html

of 2 sorts :
1- animation of camera so automatic transition between scene





2- or more elaborate any animation (physic, or moving objects) but depending of what you need! ;)



In any case you must have a renderer inside like this funny one light-up http://www.light-up.co.uk/ but it's not free 149$
or twillight 99$ http://twilightrender.com/


There is only one free without limitation for sketchup : Kerkythea but not for beginner!
http://www.kerkythea.net/cms/

EDITED: 23 Oct 2013 by PILOU

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 From:  futagoza (STEFAN)
6232.4 In reply to 6232.3 
>There is only one free without limitation for sketchup : Kerkythea but not for beginner!
>http://www.kerkythea.net/cms/

He could also use the free ver. of Maxwell Render for SketchUp! :-)

And if he's on the Mac he could use instead of SketchUp Cheetah 3D or
Shade 3D Basic (also available for Win).

Regards
Stefan
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 From:  none (EVALON)
6232.5 
Hi Michael, Pilou & Stefan.

Thank you for giving me feedback on my question. Hmmm... Basically what I'm hoping to find is an "overall solution" to making these drawings that is as (relatively) simple and straightforward to use as I've found Moi3D to be.

I've previously looked at Blender but - to me - it was not as intuitive as I'd like it to be.

Sketchup might be an option, yet I'd rather use the time that it may take to learn sketchup to e.g. learn more of Moi3D.

And, since I only need one (or maybe a few drawings) I guess it's time to ponder what to do.

Yet thanks again for your considering and answering my question ;-)

Cheers,

Jesper
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