How to animate a snake, moving in a figure eight?

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I've used a combination of multiple image, animations to apply rotation, and concealment (shapes with the same colour as the background) to make the loops of the figure eight work, but I'm having trouble with the cross over in the middle. I can't help but feel that either I'm over complicating the problem, using the wrong tool, or using the tool wrong. Any pointers would be appreciated.
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Rick Stone

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Where are you obtaining the snake image(s)? Does it/Do they appear to offer any way to animate them?

The first thought that came to my mind was to use Microsoft PowerPoint if you have it available.

Cheers... Rick :)
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while moving, is the snake wiggling or squirming?

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Joe Morgan

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It's very difficult to envision what this animation must look like.
Can you provide a video or some screen shots?

Regards,Joe
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With a lot of preparation, it's doable.
Every late spring, Sweetwater Texas has a "rattle snake roundup". The cowboys that round -em up are nuts and will do anything for a beer.
Talk one in releasing a 6-footer on a 12-foot long, 3 foot wide "blue screen",  fence on either side with bales of hay. To get the snake to figure-8 the entire way, make the blue screen slippery or inclined. Build an
a-frame, piped perch above the hay such that a small rope can pull the video camera at a desired rate.  

Or google "snake figure eighting on a green screen", like here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DRj-sSjTNs    or here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUbSKtXhYkY

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LMAO, that's awesome!
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LOL, this week a neighbor had a snake that was caught in a mouse trap. I took it to an empty lot next door to my house and released it as she was too freaked out to do anything with it. Now I'm thinking I should have kept it for a film production!
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You could also take the easy way out and just download an animated GIF and import it into Camtasia.

Click here for an animated GIF of a Snake doing a figure 8


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