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Lesson 07 - Animation


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Neal Hirsig


Lesson #7 covers the basics of Blender's animation tools including the Graph Editor and its various functions. The lesson also provides an introduction to Blender Shape Keys.

Suggested Texbook Readings:

Read Chapter 9 of the John Blain "Complete Guide to Blender Graphics" - Animation Basics (pages 143-176)

Video Tutorials:

07-01 - Basic Keyframe Animation
07-02 - Graph Editor
07-03 - Cyclic Animation
07-04 - Path Animation
07-05 - Camera Path Fly Around
07-06 - Alpha Animation
07-07 - Color Animation
07-08 - Shape Key Animation

07-09 - Rendering To A Video File

PDF Tutorials:

shark animation

Lesson 07 - 07A - Shark Animation

Shark Animation PDF Tutorial
Shark Animation.mp4 *
Shark Modeling Complete.blend
Shark Animation Complete.blend


Lesson 07 - 07B - Globe (Optional)

Globe PDF Tutorial
Globe.mp4 *
Globe Complete.blend

*If MP4 file doesn’t open, right click on file, save to desktop, then open with your media player.


Create a 100 frame animation that looks something like this video - 2 rings rotating around a different axis. (Variation) - Add a third inner ring rotating around a third axis.

If you cannot see the above animation you can view the animation HERE.