Blender Animation for Kids

Creating your own Minecraft animations
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Instructed by F Dixon Design / 3D & Animation
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

A fun course geared towards kids, ages 8 to 99. Material is introduced in small segments, and reviewed frequently throughout the course.

You will learn:

  • Blender shortcuts
  • Using a rig of Minecraft characters and objects
  • Animation basics
  • Camera control
  • Importing a Minecraft world from a save game
  • Adding sound
  • Basic physics
  • Particles
  • Creating your own character

Prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of the file system (opening, saving, and locating files)
  • Enough coordination to use multiple key commands (CTRL + ALT + 0)
  • Read well enough to understand lecture notes following each lesson.
  • Have a mouse with a scroll wheel

What are the requirements?

  • Students should understand the file system (save, open, and locate files on the computer)
  • Be able to use multiple key commands (CTRL + Z)
  • Own a mouse with a scroll wheel

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Navigate Blender easily
  • Work with rigs
  • Create fantastic Minecraft animations
  • Create simple characters

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for kids and adults ages 8 and up with an interest in animation and/or Minecraft. This course is meant for beginners. No artistic ability is necessary.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Setup
Introduction
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01:57
Setup
02:17
Copyrights and Attributions
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Section 2: Basic Controls, Rigs, and Animation
06:30

Learn to select, rotate, move, and scale objects.

05:47

Pose the minecraft rig.

07:35

Insert keyframes and work with cameras

04:12

Produce a video with the animation.

04:27

The default layout and windows management

Section 3: Setting the Scene
09:04

Create background scenery and light the scene

07:20

Use JMC2obj to import a minecraft world directly from your game.

07:42

Edit the settings to get the minecraft import to display correctly.

07:39

Insert sound clips, and animate an object using the physics simulation.

Section 4: Intermediate Animation
05:57

Copy and paste poses from one time frame to another.

06:39

Create a more realistic walk cycle (for minecraft) and use the dope sheet editor.

10:22

Use the action editor and the NLA editor to combine and repeat actions

07:55

Make a character or object follow a path.

03:02

Make a camera follow an object

07:39

Add items to the armature.

03:58

Put armor on the rig

04:46

Change the rigs skin to any available minecraft skin.

05:34

Learn the particle system, useful for storms, sparks, enchantment particles, etc.

Section 5: Creating your Own Character
12:14

Create a simple minecraft shark shape.

09:09

Add texture to characters

04:51

Add an armature to your character.

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More resources to continue learning character modelling.

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Instructor Biography

F Dixon, Programmer and Instructor

I have spent over 15 years as a programmer. I have worked as as a computer lab instructor at both the university and elementary school level.

As a lifelong student of technology, I have often been asked to help others learn new skills. During the last few years, I have been more involved in education and want to share the skills I have been teaching with a wider audience.

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