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Thread: Creating a crank animation

  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    May 2002

    Creating a crank animation

    I'm trying to recreate an animation like this in Flash CS5.
    Couple of questions:
    Is it possible to simply lock the push rod (red) to the rotating wheel (yellow) so that I don't have to go through frame by frame repositioning it?
    Is it possible to have the push rod slide through the slider tube automatically (Green) again so I don't have to reposition frame by frame.

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Flash/Flex Developer samac1068's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Here, no there
    Not an expert, but sounds like you are trying to eliminate the animation part of the task. You will have to, either through actionscript or timeline, manually tell each part how to work since it isn't real. Looking at the animation you provided, it is clear that it was keyframed.
    Some people are like Slinkies, not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
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    Jun 2004
    I would use Anime Studio for this. Has quite an intuitive bones system, and the latest version has some physics implementation. Distributed by Smith Micro.

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