Sunday, May 06, 2007

Facial control GUI stuff

Enough wheels have squeaked, so here comes some grease! Actually this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a few months already, ever since I first showed an R&D character rig I was messing with back in January. Seeing as the next few months of my life are going to be pure craziness on a stick I figured that now’s as good a time as any to get it over with.
And so with that enthusiastic opening, may I present to you the How Do I Make That Nifty Colored Ball Facial Control Rig Thingie (or HDIMTNCBFCRT for short.)
Because the idea of making a written tutorial gave me hives I just did a screen grab walk thru of the concept. Thus it is a 29 minute movie. Yeah, you heard me. 29 minutes. Hopefully it’s a worthwhile half hour watch. The good thing is it’s the second attempt. I had the first one almost all done when the computer crashed while I was recording and I lost the movie- and the Maya file. Oops. Forgot to save. So you guys get to benefit from that rehearsal run.
For those who like to poke about under the hood, I’ve made a ZIP package that has a before & after Maya file for you to peek at. It was made in Maya 7.
Anyhoo, enjoy the obscure control rig stuff. And once again my apologies to the non-technical types who come here for animation stuff. I’ll get back to that pretty soon. But first I gotta put a ribbon on that APT Session #2 student highlight reel. Whee!


Anonymous said...

Sadly the end of the .mov seems to have a sound encoding problem (on a mac)


great blog!

Chebu said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this technique!