ZooTools Biped Proxy Rig

Maya: Zoo Tools, Skeleton Builder

In This Class You’ll Access…
Build biped rigs super fast with Zoo Tools auto rigger Skeleton Builder. Skele Builder is a python based modular rigging framework by Hamish McKenzie and it comes with a fast and lightweight default rig with loads of features for animators. The rig features full space switching versatility fk/ik baking, right click menus and a full animation pose library.

Croc, Nat, Robo and Zanzi have all been rigged with this system.

 

One of the best features of this rig is how it can be stripped down and rebuilt in a matter of seconds, change pivots without needing to adjust or re-skin. And no need to worry about joint alignment, it’s all handled automatically.

Easily redesign control curves, create your own and then hook everything up to a great trigger UI system for easy selection. We’ll be covering the Zoo Tools Skeleton Builder rig in future animation classes, so learn how to build this rigging system now.

Running Time: 1:27 hrs
Software: Maya 2017
Legacy 2016 Page

Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 1:27 hrs

1. Zoo Biped Proxy Overview (12 mins)

1.1 – Fast: Building (3:06 mins)
1.2 – Bendy Stretchy Setup (3:53 mins)
1.3 – Fast: Control Setup (2:01 mins)
1.4 – Fast: Rebuild (3:26 mins)

2. Rig Examples Skeleton Builder (10 mins)

2.1 – Zanzi Rig Demo (2:22 mins)
2.2 – Nat Rig Demo (1:55 mins)
2.3 – Croc Rig Demo (2:32 mins)
2.4 – Skeleton Builder (3:37 mins)

3. Setting Up The Rig (8:13 mins)

3.1 – Zoo Proxy Files (54 sec)
3.2 – Matching Skeleton (2:27 mins)
3.3 – Basic Skinning (1:52 mins)
3.4 – Rig Build (47 sec)
3.5 – Replace WC Controls (2:13 mins)

4. Rebuild Rig, Customise Controls (9:34 mins)

4.1 – Adjust Pivot Placement (1:44 mins)
4.2 – Rebuild Rig (1:27 mins)
4.3 – Customize Own Controls (1:58 mins)
4.4 – WC Curve Exceptions (1:36 mins)
4.5 – RGB Control Colors (2:49 mins)

5. The Trigger UI (9:08 mins)

5.1 – Trigger UI Connect (1:39 mins)
5.2 – About Trigger UI (1:41 mins)
5.3 – UI Camera (1:24 mins)
5.4 – Hide Change UI Colors (1:16 mins)
5.5 – UI Select Priority (1:14 mins)
5.6 – Publish UI (1:54 mins)

6. Customising The Trigger UI (13 mins)

6.1 – Tweak Trig Intro (1:02 mins)
6.2 – Triggers In Outliner (59 sec)
6.3 – Tweak Triggers (1:16 mins)
6.4 – Custom UI Intro (1:23 mins)
6.5 – Build Custom UI (1:15 mins)
6.6 – Custom UI Names (1:56 mins)
6.7 – Custom UI Connect (1:26 mins)
6.8 – Zoo Tools Trigger Setup (1:57 mins)
6.9 – Rgt Clk Menus (2:07 mins)

7. Parent Custom Setups To The Rig (4:01 mins)

7.1 – Customise Rig Intro (1:11 mins)
7.2 – Reparent Grps (1:45 mins)
7.3 – Attrs Note (1:05 mins)

8. Proxy Setup Notes (6:57 mins)

8.1 – Head Orient Fix (1:12 mins)
8.2 – Spine Proxy Note (1:28 mins)
8.3 – Finger Proxy Setup (1:18 mins)
8.4 – Limb Ratios (1:58 mins)
8.5 – Foot Proxy Setup (1:01 mins)

9. Changing Joint Counts (5:46 mins)

9.1 – Change Jnt Counts (2:32 mins)
9.2 – Hiding Proxies (1:48 mins)
9.3 – Jnt Count Rig Setup (1:26 mins)

10. Skin Twist Notes (2:57 mins)

10.1 – Skinning Twists (1:18 mins)
10.2 – Twist Skin Workflow (1:39 mins)

11. Outliner, Sets, Grps and Layers (5:01 mins)

11.1 – Zoo Proxy Grps Explained (3:32 mins)
11.2 – Proxy Display Layers (1:29 mins)

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