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In this tutorial, I cover a simple method of scattering particles on an animated character, and binding them so the particles follow the movement of the character's animation. We then take it a step further, and interpolate procedural splines among the neighbor particles, and simulate physics on the resulting splines in a secondary flow. The resulting splines are bound to the original scattered particles, and are affected by gravity and motion physics of the animated character.

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In this tutorial, we cover a fun method of transferring particles from within one shape to another using the TyBoolean and TyMesher modifiers in TyFlow. We then use the output mesh as a collider for our TyFlow simulation, and spawn physX-enabled voxel particles within the mesh to get a bead-like effect. This method can be used to create all sorts of interesting and satisfying effects.

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I've been feeling somewhat festive this holiday season, so I decided to rig up a nutcracker dude, and animate him smashing some chestnuts! So, he's become more of a SAVAGE NUT NINJA than a simple nutcracker, lol.

This video is more of a work session than a tutorial, but during the video I cover a basic character rigging method using the standard 3ds Max biped. We then skin our rig with a nutcracker doll model using the skin modifier, and adjust the skin weights. Once our character is skinned, we apply some animation, and set up a simple TyFlow configuration to allow our character to dynamically break some chestnuts that are thrown at him!

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I'll be posting the final animation to instagram, so check it out once it's live!

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