Applying the 2001 rig to your models
Most of us have been making models
that we would like to animate, but forsome reason, havent
learned the 'ropes' to any particular
all-in-one system or any of Animation:Master's Constraints.
setting up a character should be as easy as modeling, or texturing
With a little practice and experimenting,
the better-than-average user will beable to rig a character in less
than a half an hour from scratch.
The first way to speed things up
is to use data that is already there.
There is no need to re-invent the wheel unless it's absolutely necessary,
such as multi-jointed robot spider legs.
PuttyDudeMillenium is a great example
of the working system, and a numberof
characters produced already have
the system applied as well. This tutorial will show you
the fastest way to set up a character,
using the bones from the Putty DudeMillenium model.
Open up the PuttyDudeMillenium.mdl
To keep this tutorial simple,
copy the PuttyDude
mesh into a new modeling window.
Save the project as PuttyDudeTest.
He has no bones, noconstraints,nothing
set up on him.
If you are using one of your own models, read through the tutorial
and then click here for extra information.
Here is the fastest way to get him ready to animate:
Open up PuttyDudeMillenium in the
Project Workspace. Expand the bone tree until you
see the Everything Bone.
While holding the 'CTRL' key down,
drag the Everything bone on top of PuttyDudeTest.
This will copy the entire heirarchy
over to the model you just created.
Collapse the bone tree by clicking the minus sign next to the Everythingbone.
Create a new pose for PuttyDudeTest.
This is just to create the Pose Folder for your new model.
Close the pose window and delete
Expand the pose folder for PuttyDudeMillenium.
Drag each pose, starting from the bottom,
onto the pose folder for PuttyDudeTest
Remove PuttyDudeMillenium fromthe
project file. DO NOT SAVE CHANGES to PuttyDudeMillenium.
Now you can save your work.
It's time to attach the mesh to
Switch to Bones Mode in the modeling
In the Project Workspace, select
the hips null and press shift+J twice to unhide all bones.
You will want to hide everything
that the mesh will not be attached to.
Hide these parent bones by selecting
them and pressing shift+J
You can also select and hide these bones in the project workspace as well.
Balance Feet Level
Balance Feet Center
The only bones that should be left
are the bones that will have the mesh applied to them.
How you assign the mesh to thebones
is up to you. Feel free to import the PuttyDudeMillenium
model into the object folder for reference.
Bones with the word 'fan' in them
are intermediate bones placed in the joints to soften them up
when the model animates.
Save your data.
You need to hide and unhide
certain bones, so the right animation controls can be seen.
Select the everything Bone
and press shift+J twice to unhide everything.
Now hide everything but these bones:
What you should have left is the
basic control bones. In this case, PuttyDudeTest
should closely resemble PuttyDudeMillenium.
Double check your work by making
a new action for PuttyDudeTest and dragging the
If you are using one of your own
models, click here for extra information
on setting it up.