The rapid rig is a tool designed to bridge the gap between character modeling and character animation. Using the user interface, the script enables the user to set up a bi-pedal character skeleton and rig in minutes, a process which can otherwise take up to several days.
Using the script, follow each step in the interface.
Step 1 Create the dummy rig for positioning the joints in your character
Start by scaling the main circle to get the rig the correct size
Adjust the positions of the dummy joints to line up with your character
Step 2 Use the buttons to mirror the pose of the character if it is symmetrical, this way you only have to set up one side
Reset the rig if you want to start over
When referring to the Left and Right sides, this is the character's left and right.
Eg. mirror left arm and leg to right arm and leg
Step 3 Once you have all the dummy joints set up, create the animation rig by hitting OK
If you want to cancel the rig, hit Cancel
This step will generate all the joints and controls for your character
Step 4 Select Skinning Joints will select only those joints you should bind your mesh to
Press this button, then select your mesh(es), then go skin>bind skin>smooth bind
In the option box, make sure you choose to bind to selected joints.
And that's it! Just paint your weights, and enjoy animating!
*Works for Maya Complete and Unlimited, and has been tested in 2009
*Installation Instructions are inside <RapidRig_Basic.mel> file at the very top. Open the file in notepad/text edit to follow instructions.
Here is a tutorial on how to set up your rig
If you like this rig, and need more control over your animation, check out the Rapid Rig: Advanced as shown in the demo video.
Some of the advanced features:
-IK/FK switching and matching for arms and legs
-squash and stretch on arms, legs, neck, and spine
-optional toony limbs with controls
-global/local head, shoulder, and hip orientation
-global/local eye controls
-heel, ball, tilt, and toe control for the feet
-optional geometry that can be adjusted easily and used as a template for actual model, or just to animate with
-scaleable hands, fingers and head
-ball swivel on foot IK controls
-elbow and knee locking on ik controls
-dynamic parenting for wrist controls so they move with the hips, chest and/or head
-dynamic parenting on IK elbow and knee controls so they follow the wrists and shoulders/hips and feet
-colour coded controls for easier identification of left and right side of character
-user Interface for mirroring poses, IK/FK matching and selecting controls
-custom naming to allow more than one rig per scene
- (NEW) Leg and Arm scale to prevent IK popping
- (NEW) Save and Load Dummy transforms for faster iteration
- (NEW) Spine joints can range from 2 - 10 vertebrae
It is priced at $40. I appreciate your support, as it allows me to continue building these tools. Thanks!
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