First, a BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this KissKissBankBank and all the people who supported this project! Myself and the people who help me in this project will be able to set up a website, which should be operational in the coming weeks, where you, the kissbankers, will have an account with a dedicated area where you will be able access to the Auto-Rig that you bought then to Scripts when they are finalized. You will be able also access to Forum where we will be able all move this project forward in the best way possible. At first only you, the Kissbankers, will have access to Auto-Rig and Scripts.
A special thanks you to Maxunderground.com and 3dvf !
FOR A FIRST OVERVIEW, TEST THE RIG FREE HERE (BETA 12/112013) :
http://cg-animation.com/en/rig-eng (for all versions of 3ds Max from 2011, but optimized for 3ds max 2014!)
More details : http://cg-animation.com/Download/LHAutoRig.pdf
Maya already has a wide selection of quality rigs, but 3ds Max doesn't.
So if you are an animation fan looking for a quality rig for 3ds Max (all versions), without any notion of rigging required, this is the answer : we have developed independently an automated rig which works with all kinds of characters ( biped, quadruped or others ), with a UI for animating as well as other animation scripts.
To facilitate the work of animators, LH | Auto -Rig allows you to choose its complexity (stretch , curves , snaps ... ) and optimize its weight for your needs. Moreover , once created, it is still completely customizable and editable by the user ! Saving time for your productions!
The first version of the system is already completed and operational in a production environment. It has already been used in several short films and commercials in different studios.
Today, our project is to finalize LH | Auto-Rig to make it available to buy to all via an online platform. The goal is to eventually expand it to a sharing website about animation , rigging and scripting.
If the project is successful, all Kissbankers receive benefits for having supported this project!
SOME EXAMPLES OF RIG IN ACTION:
Fox Tale : https://vimeo.com/47006314 ( characters and fox)
Tuurngait : http://www.tuurngait-movie.com/ ( humans characters)
Rubika : https://vimeo.com/12528093 (humans characters, control panel)
Douce menace : https://vimeo.com/26261461 (humans characters, basic rig of pigeon)
Nespresso Variation : https://vimeo.com/53861043 (Squirrel and koala)
Make any sort of Rig and as much rig that you want :
It's simple, no notion of rigging required! Just follow these 5 easy steps to create your own rig:
1. Select the different body-parts your want to create and adjustment the number of fingers if necessary
2. Create the various helpers which will help defining the proportions of the character
3. Define the type of joint and the number of bones.
4. Preview the rig / copy the helpers from one side to the other / backup the position of the helpers if necessary.
5. Finalize the rig.
Ready to be skinned end then animated!
+ The last part is optional to better manage the weight of the rig depending on its use.
It allows you to add cartoon options such as stretch, curve on the arms and legs, scale, snaps and many other things will come in the next versions!
MOTION CAPTURE ?
Only if the project succeeded and if users we ask us this. A base already exists with management of .bip, a insight :
FEATURES AND BENEFITS :
- The user defines the complexity of the Rig: Stretch, Curves, Scales, Snaps!
- IK / FK with automatic transition and creating automatic key for IK / FK transition
- Auto-Hide IK/FK
- Independent Spine and pelvis
- Lock Head and Lock Arm
- FootRoll, ToesPivot...
- Control Panel ( rig and morphers ! ) :
- system symmetry / flip animation, reset skin pose ...
- animation backup system and copy/paste from a character to another :
- UI for keyframe backup :
CAN I TEST THE RIG ?
To test the rig or simply train yourself to animation, we created a character with LH | Auto-Rig. This little character is ready to use with everything you need for facial expressions - How fun! It will be available in two versions.
First simple version free (no curves, no scales, no snaps, no UI ) is available here (beta) : http://cg-animation.com/AutoRig.html (optimize for 3dsMax 2014)
This project is a independent project, all donations will we be very useful and will be used to complete this project and create useful and innovative tools for future projects and animation in general !
Contact : email@example.com
Allocation of funds
Donations will help us to finalize the rig to allow its distribution, create a website ( french and english ) and a forum for customer service. Eventually, we hope to transform the site in an animation platform with tutorials about rigging and scripting !