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Creature Rigging in Maya: Insects

Course Summary

Learn an artist-friendly workflow to creature rigging and a solution-based approach to building controls for faster animation in Maya. Software required: Maya 8.5 and up.

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    Course Syllabus

    Introduction and Project Overview
    - 11m 2s

    —Creating a MEL Script to Align Objects to Bones 11m 2s
    Creature Rigging in Maya: Insects
    - 5h 58m

    —Using MEL to Snap Objects 13m 41s
    —Preparing the Scene for Rigging 7m 52s
    —Beginning the Skeleton Based on Insect Anatomy 7m 9s
    —Creating Joints for the Insect's Head 7m 4s
    —Adding Joints to the Insect's Back Legs 9m 33s
    —Finishing the Chains for the Insect's Legs 5m 23s
    —Creating an Intuitive Broken Hierarchy Set Up 4m 37s
    —Adding Broken Hierarchy Control to Our Rig 5m 12s
    —Applying Spring IK Handles to the Legs 7m 37s
    —Building a Control Object Reservoir 11m 33s
    —Adding a Control to the Front Left Leg 9m 16s
    —Finishing the Set up of the Front Left Leg 10m 39s
    —Completing the Back Left Leg and the Right Front Leg 8m 53s
    —Wrapping up the Insect's Limbs 7m 45s
    —Setting up the Head Control 9m 23s
    —Rigging the Mandibles and Antennas 11m 35s
    —Creating the Gaster's Control 7m 40s
    —Avoiding Flipping in IK Chains 5m 8s
    —Adding a Control for the Petiole 2m 52s
    —Controlling the Thorax 9m 43s
    —Setting up Warning Controls 9m 35s
    —Adding Broken Hierarchy Control to the Thorax and Sting 6m 31s
    —Finishing the Control Rig 7m 15s
    —Working with Character Sets 10m 38s
    —Binding the Insect 11m 54s
    —Painting Weights - Completing the Gaster 6m 54s
    —Painting Weights - Finishing the Head 8m 46s
    —Painting Weights - Working on the Petiole 11m 14s
    —Painting Weights - Starting the Thorax 9m 3s
    —Painting Weights - Finishing the Thorax and the Left Front Leg 7m 57s
    —Mirroring Wieghts - Left Legs to the Right Legs 3m 17s
    —Smoothing the Weights of the Sting and End of the Gaster 9m 3s
    —Finishing the Gaster 9m 10s
    —Completing the Weights of the Back Left Leg 11m 15s
    —Finishing the Left Middle Legs Weights 9m 56s
    —Correcting the Weights of the Front and Mid Throax 13m 56s
    —Smoothing the Head and Antenna Deformations 9m 51s
    —Mirroring Weights - Checking Deformations 10m 37s
    —Controlling the Insect's Smooth Division Level 4m 36s
    —Rigging the Sting and Gaster Using Deformers 13m 41s
    —Preparing the Scene for Animation 10m 27s

Course Fee:
USD 29

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source , Development & Implementations and Digital Media & Games Community

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