Virtual Toad
Video • Cars on Track • September 2005

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Here's the very first high-quality video clip of the finished cars moving around the track!

This clip shows some of the cars in the middle of the ride, from the Two-Way Tunnel through Town Square and into Winky's Pub.

The walls have all been cloaked for this clip, so you won't see any of the building or scenery. Still, it's fascinating to watch the cars glide smoothly along the track. The actual guide wheels or "casters" had to be programmed keyframe by keyframe to make them swivel convincingly. Another challenge was to make the cars turn and pivot convincingly without colliding with one another.

This .mov file is 14.5Mb in size and is 37 seconds long.

As always, you'll need QuickTime to view this and all other video clips on the site.