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MrCheminee

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Walking up/down vs Walking right/left
« on: 28 Jan 2011, 06:39 »
Hello everybody,

This is the first time I am trying to make a walking cycle from scratch. For earlier characters I've used old walking cycles on which I just painted my characters, but now I face this problem:
When my character walks to the side he looks like fine, but when he walks up, he seems to be sliding around. If I ajust the moving speed, walking up is fine, but moving from side to side looks like ice skating.

For creating this cycles I've used this site:
http://www.idleworm.com/how/anm/02w/walks.shtml

These are the walking cycles (I didn't make walking down yet, because of the problem):


I wonder whether somebody could give me some advice on making my cycles up/down and lef/right compatible with eachoter?

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Re: Walking up/down vs Walking right/left
« Reply #1 on: 28 Jan 2011, 11:14 »
When my character walks to the side he looks like fine, but when he walks up, he seems to be sliding around. If I ajust the moving speed, walking up is fine, but moving from side to side looks like ice skating.

That might simply be because the "walk up/down" views were originally designed for the character to walk in a different perspective from your game's perspective.
In other words: Maybe in the original animation, the floor on which he is walking is seen from a higher point of view, whereas in your game it's seen from a lower point of view (or vice versa).
=> Watching someone walking from a high point of view and animating him like he's seen from a low point of view makes him look like he's sliding... Because his feet seem to move a lot up and down despite the fact that they should appear to stay close to the gound. (or vice versa)

If you don't want to redraw it, then a quick fix is to change the speed of the "walk up/down" animations independently from the speed of the "walk left/right" animations.

There's no magical solution for adjusting horizontal and vertical walk speeds separately: You must edit the walkcycle, and add/remove frames to speed it up/slow it down, until you feel like the horizontal walk speed matches the vertical walk speed, and until you feel like all speeds match the overall perspective of the scene.
 

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Re: Walking up/down vs Walking right/left
« Reply #2 on: 20 Feb 2011, 21:39 »
Allright, thanks for your comment. I though the sliding was very strange since I used the same speed in my frames for up/down and right/left ( two pixels per frame), but I'm afraid I just have to try and learn. ;)