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Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press by Dariush Derakhshani, Randi L. Derakhshani

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Chapter 5 Introduction to Animation

Animation is the process of changing values of an object over time by setting keyframes and controlling those values. Keyframing is the process—borrowed from traditional animation—of setting positions and values at particular frames of the animation. The computer interpolates between these keyframes to fill in the other frames to complete a smooth animation.

Animation puts your scene into action and adds life to your characters. It is change over time. Anything in a scene that needs to change from one second to another will need to be animated to do so.

Everyone has their own reflexive sense of how things move. This knowledge is gleaned through years of perception and observation. Therefore, your audience ...

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