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3DMotive – Quadruped Rigging in Maya

3DMotive – Quadruped Rigging in Maya

Quadruped Rigging in Maya


Quadruped Rigging in Maya : Quadrupeds come in various types, and they all have their own unique needs, but in this module we will rig a canine character which covers many of the unique problems in rigging a quadruped. Some of these problems include how to deal with the back leg and setting up a spline ik for the back.In the first module we will analyze the problem we are attempting to solve. We will start with talking about some basic rigging processes we will use throughout the modules, and then discuss how we will lay out our joints. At the end, we will bind our mesh to the joints and begin skinning.In the second module we will go through the process of skinning our character using tools such as the Paint Weights Tool, the Prune Small Weights function, and the Component Editor. In the third module, we start building the control rig to drive our bind joints, focusing on a simple fk control structure for the tail, and then working on the back dog legIn our fourth and final module, we will finish the rig, completing the front leg as well as the spine and the head/neck area. We will also illustrate how we can deal with some of the quirks we stumble over in Maya.

  • Quadruped Rigging in Maya Volume 1:

Chapter 1 – Intro 01:22
Chapter 2 – Zeroing Controls 16:41
Chapter 3 – Joint Basics 07:50
Chapter 4 – Planning Our Skeleton 11:39
Chapter 5 – Joint Layout 19:43
Chapter 6 – Binding the Mesh 13:24

  • Quadruped Rigging in Maya Volume 2:

Chapter 1 – Intro 00:24
Chapter 2 – Skinning the Back Legs 09:49
Chapter 3 – Skinning the Back Legs 02 10:05
Chapter 4 – Skinning the Back and Tail  16:12
Chapter 5 – Skinning the Front Legs  14:06
Chapter 6 – Skinning the Neck and Head  14:35

  • Quadruped Rigging in Maya Volume 3:

Chapter 1 – Intro00:54
Chapter 2 – Preparing to Rig the Tail 10:55
Chapter 3 – Rigging the Tail 11:10
Chapter 4 – Creating the Back Leg FK Rig 15:36
Chapter 5 – Creating the Back Leg IK Rig 09:20
Chapter 6 – Setting Up Plane Driver 14:19
Chapter 7 – Finishing the Back Leg IK Handles 15:22
Chapter 8 – Setting Up Foot Pivots 10:17
Chapter 9 – Setting Driven Keys 19:47
Chapter 10 – Finishing the Rear Leg 14:30

  • Quadruped Rigging in Maya Volume 4:

Chapter 1 – Intro 00:57
Chapter 2 – Building the Front Leg FK Rig 06:20
Chapter 3 – Building the Front Leg IK Rig 19:22
Chapter 4 – Dealing with Maya Quirks 07:09
Chapter 5 – Resetting the Driven Keys 17:33
Chapter 6 – Creating the Main Controls 08:29
Chapter 7 – Rigging the IK Back 16:10
Chapter 8 – Rigging the FK Back 14:12
Chapter 9 – Stretchy Spline IK 09:40
Chapter 10 – Head and Neck 11:11
Chapter 11 – Repairing the Rig 09:33
Chapter 12 – Finishing the Head and Neck Rig 15:49

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