Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Few Good Mel's

Animation can be tricky, so anything that helps to facilitate workflow, I'm all for. Here's a few melscripts that I've found to be quite useful.

This is the first script you should have in your arsenal. It's a simple little script that allows you to save poses and selection sets to the shelf.

A very robust and versatile script that lets you create your own GUI (Picker) for your puppet.

Very helpful when animating to a specific camera. No more tearing off panels!

Key only what's highlighted in the channel box. Also use it to filter channels in the graph editor. Just don't forget to toggle it off when you don't need it.

Copy and paste translate and rotate values regardless of heirarchy. Comes in handy when you need to pick up objects, set'em down, etc.

Quick way to soften tangents and correct overshoot when time is not on your side (esp. for multiple curves).

Quick way to ease in and out of poses, again when you need to finish that animation by lunchtime. Sure you could just middle-mouse and key, but this is more fun.

Better way (in my opinion) to create motion-trails in Maya. I had a friend make a small mod to the script to include a delete (trails) button. E-mail me and I will share.

Good for breaking down long scenes into smaller, workable chunks.

A suite of some sweet tools.

Lastly, I want to make sure I give credit and thanks to all the mel guru's out there that created these scripts and were nice enough to share them with us.


jeff said...

i've got another one for you

it's Jeremy Cantor's copyTransf tweaked a bit so that you can copy the animation onto an object in world space but not through baking, just on the existing keys.

handy for space can do a cycle in place, get it to a certain point, then move it out using forward translation and put the space to world and fix the foot slide.

handy when the designers change movement speed on ya.

TJ Phan said...

This sounds like it could be very useful! Thanks, Coop!

And if anyone else is reading this--if you have any slick scripts to share, feel free to send me a link! :)

Rini Sugianto said...

there's some good mel script here too