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The Transform (Puppet) > Position X numbers are not absolute?

Engaged ,
Apr 11, 2024 Apr 11, 2024

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I am trying very hard to make a short video, and run into a road block every 10 minutes or so.

I want my puppet to start in the lower left. Period. No matter what I do later in the timeline.

So, I set the Transform > X Position to -748.

Then, I change controls later in the timeline (such as futiley trying to get position-based walking to work).

After that, I set the playhead all the way to the left and click the Reset icon.

Periodically the puppet shifts an inch to two away from the left, even though the X Position still says -748.

So, I manually reset the puppet to the left, which then indicates the puppet is now -940.

So, the X and Y coordinates do not appear to be absolute. -748 for one playthrough becomes -940 for the second playthrough, even though I never changed the Position X keyframes.

Can anyone explain what is happening?

Thanks!

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Contributor , Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

I created a step-by-step tutorial that explains position based walking;

https://www.electropuppet.com/setting-your-puppet-to-walk/

Hopefully that will help explain that. There are free puppets on the site that you can use to follow along if you would prefer to have a similar built puppet to the one I demonstrate with.

 

Hope that helps!

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 12, 2024 Apr 12, 2024

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Sounds like you're running into issues with Walk. The Walk behavior is a simulation similar to Physics, so the effects aren't backed into your timeline, they're simulated when you scrub or playback. So your character might seem like they're jumping around. I would imagine if you removed Walk this won't be a problem anymore.

Even so, Walk will not affect the X and Y Transform values, it's completely separate - so if I try the Eliza example from your other thread and do psotion based walking with her, my Transform X/Y positions are still always 0. My guess is there is a rogue keyframe or trigger or something somewhere causing issues.

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Engaged ,
Apr 19, 2024 Apr 19, 2024

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I could never figure out position-based walking. I watched at least 4 videos on YouTube about walking, and none of them explained position-based walking so that a Ch novice could do it. I needed a step-by-step process, with nothing assumed. As far as I can tell, there aren't any instructions at that level of detail on the Internet.

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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I created a step-by-step tutorial that explains position based walking;

https://www.electropuppet.com/setting-your-puppet-to-walk/

Hopefully that will help explain that. There are free puppets on the site that you can use to follow along if you would prefer to have a similar built puppet to the one I demonstrate with.

 

Hope that helps!

 

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Apr 26, 2024 Apr 26, 2024

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Thank you for your time and effort! I marked that as the correct answer. I will retain a link to your directions!

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