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That Matrix Thing You Do

For use with Poser 6, Poser 5, Poser Artist/4, and Poser Pro Pack

You've seen the ‘stop frame, move the camera, restart trick' that the Wachowski Brothers made popular in The Matrix. It's easy to replicate that effect in Poser...

You've seen the ‘stop frame, move the camera, restart trick' that the Wachowski Brothers made popular in The Matrix.

It's easy to replicate that effect in Poser:

1. Begin by creating an animation with no camera keyframes. The quickest way to do this is by using the Walk Designer. Create a running sequence and make sure that Walk In Place is enabled.

2. Open the advanced timeline editor. Collapse the figure elements so that only one line of green keyframes appears.

3. Extend the total animation time by 25 frames. In this case, go from 120 frames to 145.

4. Select Frame 60 of your figure's animation and drag to Frame 120 (the animation's original ending). This selects the final 60 frames.

5. Click and drag the selected frames to begin at Frame 85 (25 frames further into the animation).

6. Click and drag from Frame 60 to (and including) Frame 85 to select them, and then click the Constant Section button to create 25 ‘frozen' frames of animation. If you're running at 25fps, this will add a one-second freeze, plenty of time to insert a cool flying camera.

7. Go to Frame 1 and set the camera for the initial shot. Save this using a camera "memory dot".

8. Go to Frame 85 of your animation and set the camera for the final shot just like in the previous step.

9. Go to Frame 60 and, on the Main Camera line, restore the memory dot you just created. Ensure that the camera stays where it is for this part by clicking, dragging, and selecting all Main Camera keyframes from Frame 1 to Frame 60 and clicking the Constant Spline button.

10. Next, select all frames from Frame 60 to Frame 85 and click the Spline button.

That's it! You now have an animation where a running character stops, the camera moves to another position, and the character resumes running!