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Animation Fundamentals: Animating a Ball Bounce
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Released Dec 14, 2015
Mark Masters

Guest Tutor

Mark Masters
In this animation fundamentals tutorial, we'll learn about timing and spacing. These principles are some of the most important principles for any animation.

We’ll start out this course by learning why timing is crucial for making your animation appear believable. We'll also learn how it’s used to embody a character with more personality, a thought process and emotion. Then we'll dive into spacing and learning how important it is for making your animations realistic and appealing. We’ll take what we’ve learned and apply it to one of the most vital animation exercises: the bouncing ball animation.

While a bouncing ball may seem simple, there's a lot of important techniques and principles to learn from this exercise. Although we'll be using Maya in this course, you'll be able to transfer the information to your preferred 3D program.

By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of principles and techniques used to create great 2D and 3D animations.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:23
Understanding timing
2

Understanding timing

 
09:05
Understanding spacing
3

Understanding spacing

 
09:00
Understanding timing and spacing further
4

Understanding timing and spacing further

 
08:20
Looking at a bouncing ball in the real-world
5

Looking at a bouncing ball in the real-world

 
04:24
Setting up our scene for animation
6

Setting up our scene for animation

 
06:36
Beginning the ball bounce animation
7

Beginning the ball bounce animation

 
09:09
Finishing the initial bounces of the ball
8

Finishing the initial bounces of the ball

 
08:43
Adjusting the spacing of the bounces
9

Adjusting the spacing of the bounces

 
07:50
Creating the side to side movement of the ball
10

Creating the side to side movement of the ball

 
06:28
Adding rotation to the ball
11

Adding rotation to the ball

 
07:56
Finishing the animation
12

Finishing the animation

 
03:49