Captured Asteroid

Planet3

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  1. Morgan Allan Knutson Morgan Allan Knutson

    Here's the second animation in the series for our first Hypercompact app. A random satellite around a fictitious planet.

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    over 2 years ago

  2. 👓  Russ 👓 Russ

    This is amazing. I can watch this all day. It does not look like a satellite. Looks more like a rock?

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    over 2 years ago

  3. Brian Plemons Brian Plemons

    Now I'm dizzy. Love it!

    over 2 years ago

  4. Matt Kump? Matt Kump?

    Well technically a 'Satellite' is what you call any body orbiting around a planet.

    Go science.

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    over 2 years ago

  5. Riley Cran Riley Cran

    @ Russ: Depends on if it is a Natural Satellite or an Artificial Satellite.

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    over 2 years ago

  6. 👓  Russ 👓 Russ

    @Riley I learn more on Dribbble than in school.

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    over 2 years ago

  7. Glynn Smith Glynn Smith

    I'm loving the style of these. The rotation path of the satellite might look more convincing if you slow it down as it reaches the bottom left-most position, like it does with the top right.

    Would love to see the satellite's texture rotating, like the planets, too. It's quite noticeable that it's a single frame, there.

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    over 2 years ago

  8. I agree with other commenters, it does seem to jerk about a bit - Easing at the apexes would help.
    Other things to consider: darken and scale the satellite slightly on the return path.

    Flash is fantastic for this sort of animation (although its texture rendering is abysmal). After effects would be the ultimate application, although the learning curve is much steeper.

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  9. Dan Brindley Dan Brindley

    Strong.

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    over 2 years ago

  10. Andreas Ubbe Dall Andreas Ubbe Dall

    @Russ "I learn more on Dribbble *THAN* in school".. now you've learned two things today..

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    over 2 years ago

  11. Timothy J. Reynolds Timothy J. Reynolds

    so beautiful! nice work.

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    over 2 years ago

  12. Daryl Ginn Daryl Ginn

    @Andreas you beat me to it.

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  13. Morgan Allan Knutson Morgan Allan Knutson

    Thanks dudes, and thanks for the feedback!

    I intentionality made the orbit in this way as the gravitational pull from the primary body would sling the little guy around at different velocities. According to my vastly inadequate knowledge, the satellite would speed up when it's orbit reached a shorter distance.

    The craters on the asteroid should definitely rotate. If you'll notice, I made it appear darker when it's behind the planet, as the star in this solar system is at the top right of the frame.

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  14. Glynn Smith Glynn Smith

    Ah yes. I see :)

    Then (and please tell me to stfu here) I'd lean towards the other side of the loop and have that start to slow down as soon as it slingshots around the closer part of the orbit.

    Quickie: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/604868/in_orbit.gif

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  15. Matt Kump? Matt Kump?

    ^ that's space for ya

    over 2 years ago

  16. Justin Garand Justin Garand

    So awesome!

    over 2 years ago

  17. Graham Beer Graham Beer

    Love the rotation of elements on the planet. The satellite itself feels a bit flat, I might try having it be a bit more shadowed as its orbit brings it behind the planet away from the light source. As always, love seeing your work.

    over 2 years ago

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