Animation : GDC Tricks of the Trade with MotionBuilder

 After a late night twitter discussion there are a few animation tool tips for Maya and MotionBuilder you all should know.
(check out the twitter threads that started it)
#rigtip #animtip #workflow

Rigging Dojo Animation Tips from Twitter and GDC Tricks of the Trade

  • We show how to create motion paths for a control rig and use that to clean up animation or motion capture.
  • Tips on the time slider and range bar
  • How to edit time in the graph editor without a time warp and how to then put the keyframes back on frame instead of stuck in sub-frame land.

And watch the great talk from GDC that contributed to the creation of our video of techniques in MotionBuilder

Session NameAnimation Bootcamp: Tricks of the Trade
Speaker(s)Amy Drobeck, Jean-Denis Haas, Billy Harper, Jay Hosfelt, Alex M. Lehmann, Simon Unger
Company Name(s)5th Cell Media, ILM, Sucker Punch, Epic, Riot Games, Phoenix Labs
Track / FormatVisual Arts
OverviewHave you ever stumbled across a really cool animation trick that changed how you worked? Maybe it was a simple hotkey, an eye-opening revelation on human motion, or a philosophy on how to approach a project. In this talk hosted by Alex Lehmann, six seasoned animators will each share three tricks that had an impact on their career and craft.

New! Video courses from Rigging Dojo

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Also we have posted our Quick Training custom class that Brad has used to help artists get up to speed on Maya when working in Max

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An elementary introduction to matrix exponential for CG

Lots of math talk lately, we have a great set of Math resources aimed directly at the CG artist wanting to better understand things like how Ik, constraints and animation works under the hood and this is a cool resource to add to that list.

Find our Rigging Math Resource here

and then check out this cool .pdf from SIGGRAPH 2016.


Source: An elementary introduction to matrix exponential for CG

This course presents an elementary, intuitive, and visual introduction to several mathematical basics for beginners in computer graphics. The mathematical concepts covered in this course include 2D/3D translation, rotation, affine transformation, quaternion, dual quaternion, exponential and logarithm. These are quite useful for various aspects of computer graphics, including curve/surface editing, deformation and animation of geometric objects. On one hand we don’t assume that the audience has familiarity with such mathematical concepts. Elements of linear algebra and calculus at undergraduate level are sufficient for the attendees of this course. To clarify the relation between these concepts and computer graphics practice, several graphics techniques will also be demonstrated, such as morphing (ARAP), cage-based deformation and Poisson mesh editing.

Stand Alone Rig – Morpheus Rig

Source: Stand Alone Rig – Morpheus Rig

Time for you to check out the 2.0 version of the rig and start exploring.

This is still a Beta and a final version will come when time allows but you can also learn the rig and contribute back on the tech side as it is an open source project now.

Grab the tools and set up your hotkeys and explore animating with a space switch rig that allows true pose freedom.

Setting Up Tools