3.17.2014

SCRIPT : GF Playblast Manager




This new script helps you manage your playblasts on a specific project. The main idea is that you will be able to keep a track of all the different versions of each shot and automatically update the animatic.

First you have to choose a path to store your blasts.
In this path there will be 1 blast per shot that will be overwritten when you create a new version.
Whenever you create a new playblast, there will also be an incremented copy in the "archive" folder.

as for all my other scripts, any kind of feedback is highly appreciated and will help me improve my tools to suit your needs.

Download : http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/gf_playblastmanager

More info : http://the-rigging-clown.blogspot.fr/p/download.html

1.23.2014

SCRIPT : GF Bank

My new script is now on CreativeCrash. I've been working on this one for a few monthes, restarted everything from scratch once.


This script stores poses and animations in XML format on your computer and lets you reuse them. You can download it here : http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/gf_bank
There is a detailled PDF document with the script.

This is the very first version, you may encounter some bugs. Any kind of feedback is highly appreciated. Critics, bug report, suggestions, anything that may help me improve this script.

More info : http://the-rigging-clown.blogspot.fr/p/download.html

11.24.2013

SCRIPT : Draw Animation


SCRIPT : Draw Animation from Guillaume FERRACHAT on Vimeo.
Watch on Youtube.

 And here's a new script I just did : drawAnim. It creates an animation on the selected object based on what you draw with your pen or your mouse. By default there's one key per frame, but you can choose to simplify the curve. It is downloadable here : http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/draw-animation

More info : http://the-rigging-clown.blogspot.fr/p/download.html

11.05.2013

Autorig 2.0


Modular Autorig from Guillaume FERRACHAT on Vimeo.
Watch on Youtube

Introduction

Here's my third automatic rigging script, written it in Python. I made it because I needed something that could let me rig absolutely every kind of character. That's why this new script is not a basic autorig for bipedal character, but more like a big rigging toolbox that I will enhance whenever I need something new. The idea is that I don't click one button to generate a full body, but that I use different modules to build differents parts and attach them together.

Step 1 - Initialization 00:00


The first step is to initialize the rig. It begins with the name of the character, then the scale and whether I want to use the character's name as a prefix or not.

This first step creates the World controller, the main group and the sub groups

Then, as you can see at 00:07, I create the root controller. For that I use the Controllers module. It's a module that creates different kinds of controllers, with several options like the size, color, axis, etc...

If there's an active selection of components, it will snap the the controller to the center of the selection.
If there's several objects selected and the "&" symbol in the name, it will create one controller per object and replace the "&" by a number.
Finally, if a mesh is selected, a shift + click on the button will launch a special tool (called dragger context, for those who are familiar with maya scripting) made with API that let's the user create controllers and move them on the surface. It's quite useful to quickly create the controllers I use for facial rigs.

Step 2 - Torso, Neck & Head 00:20

The second step is to build the torso because on my character, all the other parts are attached to this one. For that I use the IK Spline module and set the root controller as the parent of the torso.
First, the tool creates a curve with several CVs according to the set number. There's one CV per controller. The ik spline can be in IK, FK or both. For the torso I usually use both, with 2 division on a standard human, and only one division in FK for the neck.

Step 3 - Limbs 01:02

Now that the torso is done, I can attach the limbs. The clavicle is optional and has an autoRotate mode for quadruped legs, but that can also be useful for human arms and even legs to have an automatic shoulder and hip rotation, I'll show that in my demoreel soon.
The limbs have several options such as non roll and bendy limbs. The hands and feet are made with a different module.

To build the other side, I use the mirror module to mirror the locators, then I load the new locators into the corresponding modules to build the mirrored limbs.

Step 4 - Eyes 04:39

The eyes are made with the look At module. It simply creates a set amount of joints aiming at their controllers, with an optional master controller

Step 5 - Space Switches 05:00

Now, once all the part are rigged, I finish the rig with the space switches. It creates constraints (parent, orient or point) with multiple targets, and an enum attributeto switch between them


Conclusion

It is obviously longer to build a standard human rig with my new modular autorig than with my old one, but the good thing is that this autorig is much more flexible, I can rig pretty much anything.

I'm currently working on a new module for facial rig, and I will also add some of my external tools to this autorig (like my dynamic bones rigging script)

PS : don't forget to check my scripts available for download : http://the-rigging-clown.blogspot.fr/p/download.html

10.18.2013

New Character : Engineer


Just a preview of what the character I'm working on. It's a realistic version of the engineer from team fortress. The model is almost finished, then I'll start texturing and rigging it.

SCRIPT : Curve on Mesh

Another script on creative crash. I've been playing with API and the dragger context. With this tool you can draw a curve on a mesh.

I already planned some improvements, like the ability to handle multiples mesh and maybe an offset value.

You can download it here : http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/curve-on-mesh

8.04.2013

WIP : Pose & Animation Bank

I Am currently working on a new tool to store and reuses poses and animations.The user interface is almost finished and the basic features of the poses part too.
For now, it is possible to add characters and categories. It is also possible to add poses with a snapshot. Those poses are reusable and can be deleted, and there is a tool to select the controllers of the pose.
 
What remains to be done ?
 
I have to do the animations part, wich will be a bit more complicated. It will be possible to insert the animations wherever you want in the time line, they will probably be scalable to.
 
I'd also like to add substract/add modes for the poses, but I don't know if it will be in the first version or not.
In a future version there will be a tool to add other directories, so you can store your poses and animations in different folder (flashdrive, HDD, etc...)
 
 
How does it works ?
 
It is pretty simple : you select some controllers, position you camera for the snapshot, choose a name, character and category and click on "add". Now the image is stored as a .png and the pose/animation informations as a .xml, in the same folder as the script.
 
One important thing to know is that it doesn't need to be launched from maya's default folder. I am currently running it from a flashdrive. I haven't try yet but it can also probably be launched from a server in a studio, so all the animators can share and use all their poses and animations.
 
When ?!
 I think I will be able to publish a first version at the beginning of september.