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    Reegie - a new easy to animate character

    2009-05-26 - Version 1.3.1
    - New Shape, some fixes and features;

    http://vimeo.com/4818476

    And download it here:

    http://www.adrive.com/public/54c81ad...ee1cdb0aa.html

    For more information: http://mangojambo.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/reegie-13/

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    Hi all... It is the first Reegie version. Reegie is a character I developed last weeks. It is really simple to animate, with simple controls.
    One thing I want to highlight is the knee and elbow controls. They are really handy! IMHO the traditional one is not so good because you can loose easily when animation in a scene with a lot objects or walls for example. And I think X-ray armature is not good to animate. And the armature layers organization. Mostly you can use just the 1st armature layer, but there is 3 or 4 options more on layer 2 and 3. "keeping controls close and simple"!
    There is a text explain how to use it. PLEASE, READ IT ALL to know how simple it is! You need to know some tips before to animate, ok?



    Here is the file: (Choose a link)


    Hope you enjoy it!

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    Last edited by mangojambo; 26-May-09 at 17:27.
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    Really nice job. I really like the foot set up a lot. The head and chest don't move naturally though. I am not sure how you would fix it, but something doesn't feel right



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    Hi ... for the chest and head use only rotation and trackball ( R and RR hotkeys)...G will mess a little bit. I mean, to translation is too fast, so ... I don't know why a keep it there ( IK without target)... works good to forearms... But use like FK controls for the belly, chest (ribcage), neck and head ... Will work better...

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    Interesting rig for sure - thanks for sharing. The FFK/IK is innovative, and I like the pole vectors' locations limited.
    The foot pivot controller is nice for the side rolls.

    I'm not too sure about that top squash controller. I'd put a stretch to constraint on it ( or its deforming counterpart), if that's your style, but I'm not really happy with that answer either.

    But there's a lot I can learn from this rig - thanks again!
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    Hi Mikahl ... I did apply a deform mesh to the squash. It isn't the best squash, I agree, but to simple moves, not too exagerate, works good I think.
    But I had problems linking in another file. It was losting the squash and I need to unbind and bind again the mesh deform. I will try setting a bone with a simple strech set up. Hope it works. Dunno!

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    That foot controls kick ass like them allot and it looks perfect for martial arts animation that's because the foot rotates over the toes... very important detail thanks allot mangojambo



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    First glance looks good, mangojambo, but I haven't had time to really play around with it. Thanks for sharing what looks like a great rig.
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    could someone upload it somewhere else than megaupload? I cant access the site from the school network (I also live at my school...)



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    Yeah, I really like the pivot control too. When I was trying to work on my own rig a year ago that was something I wanted to implement because the pivot location on the feet changes all the time, especially with martial arts which is what I wanted to use it for too, or rather if a rig can be used for martial arts animation easily then that's a good bar to set for a rig.



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    @GreassyMnky:
    You live at school! That's way coll and reminds me of an anime called GTO - Great Teacher Onizuka that it still is one of my favourits.

    Try this one:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ong2tfmoho

    @Metsys:
    It was very dificult to do some moves in Orion Tear because I had a mancandy foot setup, which is also very good... the only exception is for martial arts moves :/
    Last edited by rogper; 09-Feb-09 at 18:27.



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    Muito legal mango!



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    Thanks for the cool rig, the eyes are quite fascinating! I need to dissect them a bit.



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    downloading right now- thanks for sharing!



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    Dude, that is a killer rig. Some great, simple ideas in there (the ability to track hand ik to the ribcage) as well as the foot controls. Nice work.



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    Hi! Thanks all for your reply. I am glad you like it. There is no new big features, but a new way to see and use what we already have. Thanks to a great friend, André Ivankio, his rigs are amazing, and some ideas I picked from there. Great rigger.
    The Pivot constrain opened new possibilities, thanks to Macouno http://www.alienhelpdesk.com/python_...vot_constraint
    Foot roll script from BBB.

    There is a know ed "rig bug" on foot pivot when enabling/disabling foot roll. I will fix it soon...

    I hope to see some animations with reegie!

    Cheers
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    Reegie...

    Well, I had to play with it. It isn't much, and the vid file is pretty big (53MB); just a simple "spinny" animation using recursive background - i.e. render animation, set as background [with frame offset], render animation (now with two), set as background [offset again] and render...

    Thought it would make a cool effect, not bad but not all that great.

    Anyway, like with all Blender exercises, I learned something.



    More info (links to blend file and video) at http://www.keesefil.com/jbart/art/blenderanim.html.



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    really cool rig ! i'm going to see if i can do some animations with him an post them later.



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    Updated to 1.3.1 version.

    The links are in the first post.
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    Great walk cycle. nice rig. Will play with it when I get a chance.
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    HI,

    firstly thanks for the great rig, I have had great fun playing around with it.

    Can anyone help with a question?

    What would be the easiest way to get reegie to interact with an object - i.e. a ball to pick up and throw etc. In the intro to Char animation book, it says something about a "Hold Bone". Does Reegie have one of these (I couldn;'t see one) or is it possible for me to add one?

    I am fairly new to armatures and rigging etc. so all help greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks

    Wayne.
    p.s. I am on the earlier version of reegie as I prefer his shape! - Is there any need to upgrade?



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