Maya Bouncing Ball Animation

This is a blog post about an animation I made in Maya featuring a bouncing ball, I have done a similar animation in 2d before but this is a step up as part of my research for our obstacle course task.

To start the project I set up a sphere polygon for the ball and 2 rectangles to act as surfaces that the ball would bounce off of.

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Side on view of the scene

 

I then started to animate the ball moving by adjusting the position of the sphere and adding keyframes, I also used the help of the ‘Graph Editor’ to make the motion more natural. Whilst I was repositioning the ball I also changed the scale slightly depending on the position, this adds a stretch/compress effect when the ball is traveling fast or hitting a surface.  eyrtjhghkgfh

 

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This is a 3D view of the scene