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Animating Objects in Blender

Blender Basics

Cube and Sphere Project

To start off our 3D Animation Units, we’re going to make a very simple 3D animation in Blender of a sphere and a cube colliding on a table. Here’s the assignment sheet:

Exporting Your 2D Animation

Adding a New “Scene” to Your Animation

In this demo, I go over how to add a new “scene” or “shot” to your animation. And while adding a scene is easy enough, there are some very special considerations you need to think about if you are using symbols in your scenes – especially if you are using the same symbol in more than one scene!



Here is the demo I did that shows you how to work with the keyframes in a Frame by Frame animation…



In this demo I did the other day, I showed the class how to make a character run across the stage using a combinations of frame by frame animation and a motion tween:



Flipbook Project

Yesterday we talked about our new project.  Linked below is the handout.  However, I changed it a bit this morning and added a requirement:  You must use the story cubes that I showed everyone yesterday.  Yes, that’s right – I’m making you use them!  I think this will make the stories a bit more interesting, and maybe a bit more challenging.  When you roll the 9 different story dice, you will need to write down all nine selections on the back of your assignment sheet, and also, if you can, take a picture of them with your cell phone.

Once you have done that, you need to write a 1-2 paragraph story that describes what will be happening in your flipbook animation.  Include the nine cubes at the bottom.  This is due Monday.

Exporting Your Projects From Adobe Animate

Now that you are finished with your first little projects in Adobe Animate, it’s time to turn them in!  Remember that all the files need to be put in your folder in the Hand-In Folder on the “MediaShared” server.

Here are the settings that you need to chose in Adobe Media Exporter when you get to the last step – just make sure that you have “Match Source” checked, and then the only things you need to change are the Bitrate settings, and make sure that “Maximum Depth” and “Maximum Quality” are both checked.


If you need a refresher in the procedure, here is a video showing you what to do.  And remember, it’s “File > Export > Video”  instead of “Movie.”  A little confusing, I know.  Sometimes Adobe does some strange stuff.

Course Syllabus

Here is a digital copy of the syllabus that I handed out to everyone last week: