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Computer Animation Complete by Steve Worley, Nicholas Woolridge, Martin Wicke, Mark R. Wilkins, Jason Sharpe, Hanspeter Pfister, Ken Perlin, Darwyn Peachey, Mark V. Pauly, F. Kenton Musgrave, Matthias Müller, Alberto Menache, Richard Keiser, Charles John Lumsden, Chris Kazmier, Markus Gross, David Gould, David S. Ebert, Rick Parent

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Chapter 11. MEL Animation

David A. D. Gould

Animation

MEL provides a lot of commands for creating and editing animations. Also, many of the commands can be very useful for automating a lot of the typical animation tasks. While it is usually the task of an animator to define all the keyframes for an object, using MEL, it is also possible to create, edit, and delete keys. By programmatically generating keyframes, you can create complex animations that would be impossible or simply impractical through more traditional methods. It is also possible to use a MEL script that takes a series of hand-animated keyframes and modifies ...

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