Rigging a Movable Pivot Control in Maya


Animating a character flipping or spinning around can be a hurdle in 3d. A character will forward flip over a different center of gravity then if it were to spin around 180 degrees on its right heel. Typically the solution is to set up a hierarchy of groups with pivots at different locations in which the animator can choose to rotate individually as needed. The problem with this solution, besides the redundancy of having so many group nodes to dig through, is that it takes a heavy amount of preplanning to pull it off cleanly. The idea here is to make one control that will easily move around the character''s center of gravity in order to rotate the character as a whole around that center.

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How to rig a Movable (not Animatable) Pivot in Maya

Keywords: Rigging Movable Pivot Control Maya Animation 3d
Tools: Maya (Autodesk)
Subject: Animating
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