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Animation of a ferris wheel....help needed please

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Hi,

I am animating a ferris wheel and I have the wheel rotating correctly.

How can I rotate the gondolas as if attached to the wheel but remaining upright? Do I need to move and keyframe the position
of each individual gondola around all points of 360 degrees ? I tried parenting the gondolas to the wheel but they end up upside
down at the point where the wheel has rotated 180 degrees.

thanks
Stinger
 
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Yep, i did the same for my "gondolas"


But in your case i would only use 2 or 4 Key Frames each gondolas (each 90 degrees, than with Linear interpolation you should be good to go)

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Yep, i did the same for my "gondolas"


But in your case i would only use 2 or 4 Key Frames each gondolas (each 90 degrees, than with Linear interpolation you should be good to go)

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Ok, thanks. I just thought that there might be a quicker way. I have done 2 of the 24 gondolas now so only another 22 to go!!!

Thanks for the reply
 
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It Indeed a nice problem, this guy has a clever solution to solve It in Blender, you Need to try if that trick using object constrains Will translate correctly in MSFS


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It Indeed a nice problem, this guy has a clever solution to solve It in Blender, you Need to try if that trick using object constrains Will translate correctly in MSFS


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Hi again Mamu,

Sadly, the Blender to MSFS exporter doesn't hold all the necessary parameters for this to work. I have it working perfectly using this method in Blender but when I export to MSFS
the wheel turns but the gondolas remain static.

Oh well, back the original method. A real shame because this would have saved me hours of work and been a lot more accurate.

cheers
Stinger
 
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In the end I animated one of the 22 gondolas then before pushing down to the nla track i used shift + D to copy it. Then i smoved it to its start location and made a keyframe. Then I shifted the keyframes that were copied to be in the correct position for the new gondola.
 
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Oh, well. That didn't work either. All looks ok in Blender but when I exported to MSFS the gondolas are moving out of position. Back to the drawing board!
 
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Ok, I think that I have fixed it.

The problem I believe was not originally baking the animation prior to pushing down the NLA tracks. My scene has two ferris wheels in it plus an
animated funfair ride , amounting to 50 animated objects in total and the sim was struggling to reload the animation starting positions. Once I baked them in
it now seems to be coping better.

I wouldn't have fixed this without spotting the need for baking in this thread,
so thanks to Didier for that. Also thanks to Mamu for his input.

cheers
Stinger
 
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