Check out the MUNI and Trials Clips on Unicycle.org !!

Just wanted to let you all know that Kevin Gilbertson got some of my clips from
my MUNI video up on the art and animation page at unicycling.org

http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/imagery.html

There’s also another nice virtual unicycle picture and animation there I
did.

Let me know what you think of the videos. If people like, I can try to do some
more and hopefully I’ll get a few mountain trips on video this summer as well.

Later, Mike

RE: Check out the MUNI and Trials Clips on Unicycle.org !!

> Just wanted to let you all know that Kevin Gilbertson got some of my clips
> from my MUNI video up on the art and animation page at unicycling.org
> http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/imagery.html

Excellent work! Normally I would say something about the numerous spelling
issues on the download page, but I understand Kevin is finishing the school year
and he shouldn’t be messing with it right now…

Those are great examples of what the various moves look like. I’m sure people
will get a lot of use out of the idling and one footing clip. People would
probably like to see more of that, just as examples of what the various skills
look like when in motion.

Eventually it would be possible to assemble a whole series of video clips along
with instructions on how to learn to ride and do all kinds of tricks! It could
be a collaborative project, with various people sending in video clips. All it
would need is someone to run it.

Meanwhile, I was also fascinated with Mike’s virtual unicycle clip. That
unicycle rides just like somebody’s on it, with the typical wheel wobble of an
average rider going around in a circular pattern. How did you come up with the
cycle’s movements?

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“One seventh of your life is spent on Mondays” - Plain fact

Re: Check out the MUNI and Trials Clips on Unicycle.org !!

John Foss wrote:
>
> > Just wanted to let you all know that Kevin Gilbertson got some of my clips
> > from my MUNI video up on the art and animation page at unicycling.org
> > http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/imagery.html
>
> Excellent work! Normally I would say something about the numerous spelling
> issues on the download page, but I understand Kevin is finishing the school
> year and he shouldn’t be messing with it right now…

Actually, I slapped together the video clip page for Kevin since he said he is
so busy. The spelling would be my fault since I didn’t pay enough attention to
it when I sent it to him. Sorry.

> Those are great examples of what the various moves look like. I’m sure people
> will get a lot of use out of the idling and one footing clip. People would
> probably like to see more of that, just as examples of what the various skills
> look like when in motion.
>
> Eventually it would be possible to assemble a whole series of video clips
> along with instructions on how to learn to ride and do all kinds of tricks! It
> could be a collaborative project, with various people sending in video clips.
> All it would need is someone to run it.

This would actually be really great. One thing I notice reading this newsgroup
is that very often the same questions get answered over and over. I think the
unicycle homepage should be a better resource for learning new skills as well
that are very common. The clips and some instructions would probably be the best
way to do this. When people respond to someone on how to do something, we should
all try to make it into a bit of an article and get it on a learning page on
Unicycle.org. That would make the page a much better resource for everyone.

> Meanwhile, I was also fascinated with Mike’s virtual unicycle clip. That
> unicycle rides just like somebody’s on it, with the typical wheel wobble of an
> average rider going around in a circular pattern. How did you come up with the
> cycle’s movements?

Well, I actually started that animation by trying out some mathematical
functions to control movement in Lightwave[6]. They are called expressions and
they allow the animator to use any math function to control any part of an
objects motion. So, what I did was start with the circle. Using math I then
calculated the circumference of the circle. I made the circumference of the
unicycle wheel rotate the exact amount to travel around the large circle it was
following. Then I used a cosine function of the wheel rotation to make it wobble
back and forth by about 20 degrees. The unicycle actually tips inward back and
forth by about 5 degrees as well and the height bobs up and down to compensate
for the tilt. All this used sin and cos to oscillate the motion and they all
depended how the wheel was rotating. The nice thing is that now, I can move the
unicycle anywhere, bank the corners inward sharply, control the wobble and the
unicycle drives how it should anywhere I move it. It turned out better than I
thought it would.

Thanks for the comments. I’ll let you know when my next virtual unicycle is
completed which is a visualization of all the parts of the unicycle assembling
themselves part by part.

Mike King

With one wheel, only half the concentration is ever needed.

Re: Check out the MUNI and Trials Clips on Unicycle.org !!

Mike,

    Nice job on the video clips. I watched all of them except the idling
    one. Download times were getting too long. I'll visit that one another
    day. I think a site with those little clips and instructions on how to
    perform the skills would be a big help to those of us interested in
    trials/MUni stuff. Also practice props and tips could be shown as well.
    Seeing these things in action is a big help. Keep up the good work!

“The Muniac”

Re: Check out the MUNI and Trials Clips on Unicycle.org !!

Great stuff - to anyone who hasn’t checked these out, my advice is to go
straight to the last one, called WIPEOUTS.

—Nathan

“Mike King” <mike@ethereal3d.com> wrote in message
news:39206855.F2314C0E@ethereal3d.com
> Just wanted to let you all know that Kevin Gilbertson got some of my clips
> from my MUNI video up on the art and animation page at unicycling.org
>
> http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/imagery.html
>
> There’s also another nice virtual unicycle picture and animation there I
> did.
>
> Let me know what you think of the videos. If people like, I can try to do some
> more and hopefully I’ll get a few mountain trips on video this summer as well.
>
> Later, Mike