View Full Version : I need help with rigs (getting mad)

06 June 2006, 01:27 PM
hi guys. im getting really discouraged in my trying to learn animation. They say that the computer is just another expensive pencil and it is nothing and that you really need to worry about the animation, how how can you possibly do that when you dont know how to use the pencil!!! I have no idea how to use the rigs, and i have gotten the animator's survival kit and can not do anything past a bouncing ball exercise cause the rigs i have downloaded (moom and ball character) wont work for me for walks. its all messed up right now and i dont want to quit so please be kind and answer me. How do you make rigs walk!!!?!?!

please guys i need your help.

06 June 2006, 04:30 PM
Which ball rig are you talking about? I know moom.

The computer really is just an expensive pencil.... in most cases. But when it comes to 3D animation it's also an expensive stop-motion setup. You are just posing the rig as you would a clay model and every frame is a snapshot. Get enough in a row and you've got animation.

Now are you doing a walk cycle where the rig walks in place or are you just having him walk?

It's good that you have Richard William's book. Try this for the walk in place... Only work in the side view, but you can go to the perspective if you're having a hard time selecting the other controls. Now copy the walk poses you see in the book and key them on each frame. Put the first pose in frame 1, second pose you see put it in frame 2, etc. I'm looking at pg 108 for this.

Hopefully that'll help you get started, from there you can experiment or even try the different ways to plan a walk later on in the book.

Don't give up :thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 03:04 AM

this will get you started...

somewhere in there should get it walking, the concepts are the same for any program.

tarun jain
06 June 2006, 05:22 AM
No need to panic here's a good tutorial . animators survival kit is a reall y good book to learn body mechanics and Acting for animators is a very good follow up after that.Keep animating!
just click this LINK (

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