12-11-2004, 08:06 PM
It seems I've gotten myself into a bit of a pickle. I went through and rigged up my character, painted weight maps, and so on, added the blendShape node for the mouth, did the animation for the lipsynching, etc, etc, no problem. Now I want to add another blendShape set for facial expression, but one of two things happens: 1) the new node takes over from the joint deformations and lipsynching blends or 2) the new node doesn't function at all. I've tried fiddling with the connections in the Hypergraph. The connections between the new blendShape (blendShape4) and the old node (blendShape3) are now correctly connected (blendShape#.outputGeometry -> skinCluster1.input[#].inputGeometry), but the difference between them is that the new node has some funky grey connections called "blendShape4GroupParts." I suspect whatever this is (I checked the help file, but frankly didn't understand the purpose of these nodes) it's generating my hiccup. Anyone have any idea how to solve this?