I’ve been looking at various solutions for baking animation to world space while on my creature course, including my own tool for this that I wrote a few years back. I’m not crazy about any as most of them bake the animation to every frame which is a pain to clean up, or they use constraints which don’t always work with some rigs. So I re-worked my own version so that it only bakes the original frames each controller was keyed on and it doesn’t use constraints.
Still a WIP, I’ll be giving it plenty of testing over the next few weeks while I work on my assignments!
Over the last few years I’ve added several new features to my bhGhost tool – this video gives a quick overview of all current features and is intended as a quick start for anyone using it for the first time or anyone who has been using it for a while and wants to catch up on all of the latest features. The tool is available for download from my website here – graphite9.com/MayaDownloads.html
Stewart rig in the video is from Animation Mentor.
A little behind-the-scenes from a piece I animated for The Sexy Brutale game by Cavalier Games/Tequilaworks.
Hey.. you use what you have, right ?
I don’t shoot reference for every action I animate but I’ve noticed they usually turn out better when I do, even if I just use them as a jumping off point while blocking the main poses/timing.
Cavalier Games hired me to rig all of the characters and props for The Sexy Brutale game. Once I had that done I got to do quite a bit of animation for the game too, here’s a reel showing some of that work. Hope you enjoy it!