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how 2 animating mesh models in directx?

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Hi guys, I want to know how they animate those mesh models in 3D games like make them run and fight and move their limbs and all. For now I understand oon how to import meshes into my VC++ DirectX 8 program but animatinig them is a whole new subject. I would appreciate any help in the form of ideas, tips, links to tutorials etc on hw to animate meshes in DirectX 8.

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If you want boned animations you should look at the "skinnedmesh" and "multianimation" samples in the directx sdk. Its pretty advanced tough. Google for md2 animation if you want something easier.

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