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MMD Tutorial on picking up and dropping objects by Trackdancer MMD Tutorial on picking up and dropping objects by Trackdancer
Have you ever wanted to know how to animate a Vocaloid picking up and dropping an object? Not as simple as how we do it, but not really that hard to do either. The tutorial shows one method on how this type of action can be done.

Useful Links:
If you want the Robotic Arm model, it is here: [link]
My tutorial on adding an Attachment Point is here: [link]
Demo video (showing the Robot Arm doing this action): [link]
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:iconbulldoozer88:
bulldoozer88 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, i'm just making 2 characters dance like they hold their hands and spin together... buy somehow i just cant manage to figure out how to link a model's hand to another model :S i used to do it in sfm and it was so easy... is there anything similar here? PLEASE HELP :3

And nice tutorial by the way, helped a lot :3
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Use the Outer Parent function. You can 'slave' one model to another using that method.
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:iconbulldoozer88:
bulldoozer88 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aWESOME THANKS!!!
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:iconorangecrush87:
OrangeCrush87 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Thanks for this, I did a little gif using this tutorial: fav.me/d7ewl15
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
That's a beautiful short animation you did there. Nice colors, composition and very smooth animation. Loved how your ball travelled in a parabolic curve too.
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:iconorangecrush87:
OrangeCrush87 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Thanks, I was practicing my animation skills. As for the parabolic curve, that was unintentional..
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:iconmmdkaykay:
MMDKayKay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I heard with Alice, you can remove her top with D..... Eughhh..
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Yes you can and her panties too using another method, but honestly, she's far more interesting with her clothes "ON".
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:iconmmdkaykay:
MMDKayKay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ERMERGERD! *Deletes Alice*
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:iconpokemonrulespikaa:
PokemonRulesPikaa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you use the dammy bones?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
You attach accessory models to dummy bones so that they can be easily moved around.
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:iconpokemonrulespikaa:
PokemonRulesPikaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you attach it? ~~<3
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
See here: fav.me/d4x2owl
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:icontonypilot:
Tonypilot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I Figure that out by myself
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Yep, definitely isn't rocket science :)
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haddyDrow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
very nice, but can this be used with 2 bones? like holding a long mic with both hands like in the romeo and cinderella song?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
See my other response.
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haddyDrow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Sorry, I replied twice! :<
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:iconjoaquinns:
JoaquinNS Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
very cool tutorial, thanks!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
YW, THX :)
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harryhack91 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
That's and old school trick, I learnt it by observing that some models that have weapons (like BRS 100% or Yoko), or any other object, have that bones, then I thought: "Why don't use these bones to make the character hold any object?". So this tutorial was really unnecessary for me, but surely will be usefull for other people. Nice work ;-)
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Models having their own equipment built in are really convenient to work with - but also their limitations. Take Yoko for instance. She has several objects built in which have sliders built in, in addition to bones that makes it very easy to use her when working with her built in objects.

But what happens when you want her to hold or use something else not in her built in repertoire? Like the chalice illustrated above ... like you suggested, you use the (hidden) equipment's bone as an attachment bone in a process that ends up using the same techniques as indicated in the tutorial above right ... ?
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Smartanimegirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is why I love the Dummy Bones.
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Don't leave home without them ;)
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:iconmiamourmeow:
MiAmourMeow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ; w ;
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
YW :)
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EpicMickeyX Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
^^ :)
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:iconepicmickeyx:
EpicMickeyX Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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Aria212 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you very much for your help! :iconmahfeelzplz:
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Most welcomed :)
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wonderful!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
But you knew this anyway ;) - thanks though :)
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know for other things:D
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