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Chapter 15. Animation with Expressions > Using Expressions to Enhance and Simpl...

Using Expressions to Enhance and Simplify Animation

Animating with expressions is one of the truly unique experiences in 3D graphics. It has no parallel in any other form of animation. Being able to take advantage of the power of expressions can take your animation to a new level of realism and usability.

Expressions (like computers) are at their most useful when they are employed to automate repetitious or complex tasks. Animation of mechanical objects such as gears, pulleys, and wheels are often quite simple, yet when combined in large numbers and complex relationships, the task of animating each individual piece becomes tedious and inspiration-sapping. Linking these objects through expressions frees the animator from worrying about each individual piece, allowing the creative flow to continue uninterrupted.


  

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