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Season 01 – Episode 42 – Finished Puppet

We Finished the Puppet!

And with this we have the answer to everything puppet, which pleases me a lot given this was episode number 42 🙂

Beside a small amount of chasing one’s own tail in the middle to add a feature that had already been added this was a very good stream for me.

Lots got done in the first hour
We added proper negative scaling consideration in the FK ankle. We re-inspected various elements and then mirrored the foot and finally cleaned up everything and relaxed the IK distance constraints a bit.

All of this gets us to a full, finished puppet and get the scene in state that can be finally shared with the audience again (I will edit this post then tweet as soon as I have that available).

There’s also a good 10 minutes of answer to a question asked on Twitter about live guides vs build scripts that might be worth it for some.

Enjoy!

Season 01 – Episode 41 – Fixing and Mirroring Components

Fixing and Mirroring Components

Title kind of says it all, really.

In a belated follow-up to the investigations and explanations about the maths behind signing angles we fix the only obvious issue that was left with the foot and put our guides to the test by mirroring the now potentially finished components.

Only one bugfix left for the leg FK, if everything goes well, to do in the next stream and then the rig should finally be complete for sharing.

Season 01 – Episode 38 – Fitting the Rig to Geometry, Re-acquisition

Fitting the Rig to Geometry

I announced this episode as a chill stream, but it accidentally came out quite well paced (at least in my opinion.) Always accidentally it’s the last day of the year and the episode ended up being a recap of everything we did during the year, which I also find fitting (no pun intended).

Initially I just wanted to reacquaint myself and the audience with the rig we’d been working on for so long, and I thought that fitting it to some geometry to put it to the test would have been a good way to go about it.
We did do that, in the end, but the outcome is an inspection and a summary of all components as well as a successful fit of the guides lining up everything to the geometry, and the first chunk of work on a scene to be shared done.

Leg Global, Godnode and Foot are all in good shape now, and next stream we should be able to do the leg, call it a wrap on the mehcanics (unless some bug or other rears its ugly head) and finally move on actually binding to the geo.

Whether you’ve been following all along and took a long break with me, or you’re bumping into this while binging on the whole season after it got done weeks or months away from me writing, I think it’s been a worthwhile episode.

Enjoy,

Season 01 – Episode 37 – Modular Components, Reassembling the Rig

Modular Components and Rig Assembly

I’ve talked about components being modular before and I’ve shown the I/O process in the past, but this time around we do it for real.

There isn’t anything specific that’s new, but I did kind of like how it went and I would recommend watching it. It will take you through the whole process of componentisation and assembly well enough.

There’s a bit of everything in it, Maya bugs, scripting, tiny amount of nodelling, Q/C, conforming, the actual I/O of the components…
All in all I feel it came out well paced and it covers a good chunk of ground in one hour.

To be a bit more specific: This is where we take all of our components and we push them through the I/O process (to file and from file) both for Q/C (Quality Control) as well as to actually re-assemble a full rig.

In the process I list a couple gotchas with containers, find a non-bug, and we write a trivial renaming script (more for variety than anything). All the work gets done on time, and we fix the last couple dirty bits in our components, which turned out to be bug-free, and only in need of some conforming.

QnA, the last dozen minutes or so, is mostly me rambling about rig standards, instrumenting rigs, and pipelines at scale and not.

As usual the code is available on GitHub in the didactic section but it really isn’t anything much.

Enjoy,

Season 01 – Episode 33 – Mirroring Leg Component

Mirroring Components

This episode we build on the theory and waffling of the previous two and (successfully) get onto Mirroring the Leg Component.

There’s a bit of everything coming up as needed: For the most part it pulls together elements from all over, especially the previous episode, until the leg has a functional handedness switch doing all the expected work.

Over the next few episodes we’ll extend this past the boundaries of the leg, the global and foot, and that should be the end of the rigging part of the season,

Enjoy,