Gaolib - an animation library for Blender

Gao Shan Pictures has just released an addon which provides an animation (and pose) library for Blender.
It’s based on the very popular Studio Library for Maya which is used throughout the animation and VFX industry.

This addon is still under development, but has already been used in feature film production at Gao Shan and is a very useful tool for small to medium size productions.
It’s released under a GPL license.
Get it here…

Any feedback is welcome.
Enjoy!

Update:
Github account restored. Gaolib is available again!

7 Likes

Incredibly useful, I wanted something like this for an eternity.

2 Likes

Cool! Further features and refinements are planned, but if you have any suggestions, let us know.

is this working in 3.1 ?

Yes.
At first it didn’t, but there’s been an update since then.

thank you ill try it for sure :slight_smile:

github link is no longer working … something is wrong there

It appears the account has been flagged by github’s bots.
As soon as we get to talk to a human about it, I’ll update you here.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

The account has been restored.Gaolib is ready for use again!

1 Like

Hi freen!
Great plugin. I’ve started testing it yesterday. Honestly it took a bit to get started but here are my notes:

  • If you press GAOLIB button while the popup is already open you’ll get this error (expected behaviour was that the pop-up would close):

  • If you press one of the create buttons, sometimes it will hide the bones in the main 3d window but it won’t reenable them after you close the create window, so you need to go and reenable bone visibility manually which is a bit annoying

  • When you create a new folder within a folder structure it will minimize all open folders, and you have to re-expand all of them to get back to where you were, instead of it putting you right into the folder you just created
    image

  • The workflow from the popup isn’t seamless: If I select a set using gaolib but then want to deselct it I press alt+A, but it doesn’t work. I need to click the Blender window first, then the shortcut, then go back to gaolib to select a different set. I’d love to be able to have gaolib as part of blender rather than a popup.

  • This searchbar feels like it should be here. It looks like it’s a search for everything but it only affects that window

  • Would be nice if we could change folder colors without having to delete them and recreate them

These are my notes for now. Hoping they will help in creating a more seamless experience. Thanks for the plugin!

P.S.
It would be nice to be able to drag poses, sets, etc into folders using drag n drop, but I don’t know if that’s too difficult with the Blender API

Thanks for the great feedback!
A few of your notes touch on a known issue we have right now; the fact that it’s running from a popup gives us several problems. The big one for me is the thumbnail creation, which involves three clicks in two windows, which is less than ideal, and is to do with context issues.
We’re working on it (well, mainly the brilliant Anne Beurard, who is the main developer), and we’ll take your suggestions on board.
Great to know someone is using the addon!

Hi ! Thanks a lot for your thourough feedback.

I’ve noted down all the ideas.

For now, I agree the most important problems (and also the most difficult to fix) come from the use of a pop up. Unfortunately the issue you mention with alt+A for now isn’t likely to be fixed soon. Also, for the bone visibility problem, I’ve tried to automatically reset it, but for now the only fix I could come up with was to add the last button in the toolbox to unhide the bones (Show overlay hidden).

As you have noticed, there are a lot of improvements to do with the folders management, I need to take the time to work on it.

I’ll try to post a message here when I update the project :sunny:

Cheers

2 Likes

Thanks to blendermonkey’s feedback, here are some updates on the main branch of the project :

  • If you press GAOLIB button while the popup is already open you’ll get this error (expected behaviour was that the pop-up would close) => FIXED
  • When you create a new folder within a folder structure it will minimize all open folders, and you have to re-expand all of them to get back to where you were, instead of it putting you right into the folder you just created => FIXED (There was the same problem when deleting an item, it’s currently being taken cared of)
  • This searchbar feels like it should be in the list view. It looks like it’s a search for everything but it only affects that window => FIXED

:balloon:

2 Likes

Also, there’s now additive mode!
Rather than replacing the existing pose, it adds (or subtracts) the pose from the library using a slider. This can be very useful for facial and hand animation, for example.

Some new updates on the main branch !

It’s now possible to
-Rename folders and items
-Change location of folders and items
-Modify folder color

All three features are available by clicking the Modify button of an item. I couldn’t get drag and drop to work, but I came up with that as the next best thing :slight_smile:

Cheers

1 Like

Will your addon work on blender 3.3 which has no old pose library?

Hi ! It’s supposed to be working on blender 3.1 so I guess it should as well for blender 3.3. And if it doesn’t, I will eventually make it work for it too. I’m not working full time on this so when there are things to be fixed, it can take some time before I deal with them.

1 Like

It doesn’t make use of the old Blender pose library.
I have tested it on 3.3.0 alpha and it works no problem.

2 Likes

Good to know! Thank you guys for great addon. I will use it in my project.

1 Like

Testing on 3.3 Alpha, it doesn’t seem to work at all.
After creating a pose, the Bones viewport overlay is turned off. Turning it back on manually is a massive pain.
More importantly, applying poses does… nothing:

Unless I’m missing something obvious, this is currently a pose screenshotter that slows things down significantly with the bone overlay problem and then doesn’t let you use the poses anyway.

I’m very interested in this theoretically, but I’m un-installing for now. Hopefully development continues and this becomes more usable :slight_smile:

Oh, also, the New Folder button doesn’t work, you have to add folders in Explorer (on Windows), which really defeats the point of having a pop-up file browser