For a hard surface anim how would one implement the movement of the ring over the geo shown here in the bottom portion of the gif? Morph maps?
Similarly how would one go about animating the skirting / rim of an object that moved from the narrow top of a non-primative-pyramidal-shaped mesh, to the larger base, conforming to its shape?
I don’t have a straight answer, but the new Niagara features are ripe for doing this.
Otherwise, skeletal mesh with a lot of bones, and simulate ragdoll physics can do it too…
ty for your response
Which do you suppose would be the cheapest option? [If it were to be a part of a characters vehicle in a game?]
Depends on application.
Does it only need to deform to this specific mesh? Yes = use an animation.
Niagara would use vertex animation. Which is possibly the cheapest for a real-time deform…
For that, vertex animation would be best, maybe Alembic
Can you possibly point me in the direction of any documentation outlining the performance guidelines from best to worst?