I have been roped into being TD and Animator in our 4 man team. We will be using BiPed characters, but our animation (around 3-5 minuites) will have multiple scenes files etc.
I have been watching and looking at the excellent Mata Techniques 'Custom Character Toolkit' which has really opened my eyes to the benifits of having a rig for animating, then later importing the completed renderable rig (with the skin on) and copying over the animation, or having the renderable rig connected to the animateable rig.
I would like to use a similer solution for this project, but the tools included on the DVD are there as more of a introduction or guide (as no hand or facial controls).
So I would like to know if there are any tools or techniques that i can use to achive this. I have seen zooXferAnim ( http://www.macaronikazoo.com/mel/download/000059.html ) and thought it to be quite good. But would like to know if there are any other threads/tools/books/sites/dvds i should lookat. I have a 3 week researching period before i have to start, and would like to get the character pipeline in place by then.
Thank you in advance