Hey hey! =)
I's sorry for replying so late. As I'm taking 1 year in Australia to study I couldn't bring my computer or any of my locks/picks, thus stoping me from doing any more contribution while I'm down here..
But I want to let you all know that I really apreaciate your comments, and I'm very happy that you all like what I did =) I'm looking forward to get my hands on a good computer again and do some more work for the community as soon as I can, but I think it might have to wait another 6 months or so till I get back to Norway.
Right now I have 4 months summer holiday (yeah, thats a lot!), so I'm just traveling around. been in Indonesia for some weeks, and now I'm in South-Korea. I'll stay here some weeks, and then back to Indonesia for a month, and finally back to Australia for my last semester. =)
Hope you'll be patient and that you might give me requests on what to model/animate when I get back, as I'd love to do some more. =)
Now to answer some posts:
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Sure. As long as you ask (as you did), and dont take the credit for the work yourself I'm happy to let you use it. =)
Spool/serrated pins: I'll be happy to make some work on this. In fact, I think security pins is so important to explain that it will be a priority when I get back to my computer. Then go on and explain the basic picking prosess in detail too, and after that maybe move on to more advanced methodes. Bumping will be coming too. But as I said, not yet =/ I need computer power to render these shots out, as it would take way too long time on a normal student laptop.
Thanks mate =) I'm really glad you liked it!
Thanks. =) And yes, I did use 3ds max 2009.
I'm really glad you guys like my work =)
Hmmm.. The problem I have with animating the shots is that I have to manualy animate all the pins, which takes quite a lot of time. Not too much, but I'd say a good couple of hours to make a nice short animation of picking the lock. Not too bad, but it gets really boring. So I've been trying to find a way to automate it. To make the pins react to the pick thats inserted. If I manage to do this then I will be able to produse all sorts of animations for you guys. But then I have another problem. rendering.. Rendering a short clip takes a lot of time. days..
Heres a quick raking test I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wemp-8WD9dY
Note, I will remake the lock, as there are several faults with it. Pins are too long, and stuff like that.
But I made the model when I was learning lockpicking, and now I know even more. =)
And you may use these, yes. But only if it is non-profit. If it's for profit work then we need some sort of an agreement. =) But I'll try and make much more when I get back to norway in half a year. =)
the point is, as you say, to give a mental picture, so that people do realize how the basic lock works. This alone will make the picking much easier, as you now know whats happening inside while you work on the lock.
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I'm looking forward to be able to post more animations and stills as soon as I get back to Norway. =)
Thanks for your support and feedback.