Selection Set And Pose Workflow

Maya: Animation, ZooTools

In This Class You’ll Access…
Learn the fastest animation workflow around with this class on zooTools and the make hold hotkey.

You’ll learn some easy tools then see how they’re used in a simple animation example. This page is one that’s gained the most positive feedback from students out of all pages in the Generalist Intermediate course.

Learn super fast selection of controls with selection set marking menus and hotkey functions, adjust animation poses without needing to be on actual keyframes in the timeline. This workflow forms the basis of fast animation for many pro animators where fast animation is always a priority.

This workflow is simple fast and easy to use, it forms the basis for how you’ll be animating in future classes.

This page also explains why stepped keys are in many ways inferior to the hold workflow. This is because hold workflows avoid headaches that students always face while transitioning from stepped to splined keys. A critical part Maya animation.

Learn the workflow for easily blocking poses that avoids splining and portal problems here on this page.

Running Time: 43 mins
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 43 mins

1. Workflow Overview (11 mins)

1.1 – Selection Set Overview (2:37 mins)
1.2 – Pose To Pose (1:42 mins)
1.3 – Stepped Key Problems (1:50 mins)
1.4 – Make Hold Overview (3:23 mins)
1.5 – Portaling Stepped Issues (1:53 mins)

2. Zoo Selection Sets (11 mins)

2.1 – Select Marking Menu (1:49 mins)
2.2 – Parent Set (1:49 mins)
2.3 – Set Control Window (4:19 mins)
2.4 – Default/Parent Set (3:41 mins)

3. Skeleton Builder Selection Sets (7:24 mins)

3.1 – Skeleton Builder Sets (1:31 mins)
3.2 – Skele Build Custom Sets (2:25 mins)
3.3 – Skele Build Face Sets (3:28 mins)

4. The Make Hold Hotkey (5:22 mins)

4.1 – Make Hold: Timeslider (1:10 mins)
4.2 – Make Hold: Graph (1:49 mins)
4.3 – Selected Curve Hold (2:23 mins)

5. Animation Demo: Putting It All Together (7:14 mins)

5.1 – Animation Demo (1:57 mins)
5.2 – Anim Modification (1:50 mins)
5.3 – Timing Organisation (3:27 mins)
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  1. Chris Kamau
    May 18, 2022 at 3:42 pm ·

    quick selection set menu u isn’t active in zoo tools 2. Is this an issue on my end or is it intended? it looks soo convenient.

    • Andrew Silke
      May 19, 2022 at 3:39 pm ·

      Yes I’m really missing the selection set marking menu, it is still not in Zoo 2 quite yet unfortunately but it is definately planned. We know exactly what we want to do. Probably after Hive comes out of beta, we are still in Hive alpha, but almost in beta.

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