I am doing my first 3d model and animation for a school project and as I have now almost finished my model my next assignment is to design a tv ad for the product. I have modelled a Technics turntable and I had this wild idea of the turntable getting up, turning into a simple robot and starting to dance (and maybe scratching itself).
It's just that I have no experience in rigging and animating (but I am a fast learner ;) ). I'd like to ask if there are any tutorials that would help me to rig this turntable in a manner that allows the turntable to function like it should (play the record) and at the same time have working hands and legs and dance like a maniac? I hope this is the right forum to ask this kind of question? I am using 3ds max.
I was thinking of putting the kind of legs and hands to the turntable that are covered in this tutorial: http://www.3dnuts.com/tutorials/robotrigging/rigging_robot_joints.shtml
The thing that I'd like help for is the simultaneous (and continuous) animation of the turntable (which is also the torso of the robot) playing and the robot doing whatever he does. I might do just an ordinary animation for the turntable playing the record but if it's not extremely hard to do it the way I had in mind I'd like to try. The problem is I haven't found any tutorials so far that would cover this kind of rigging / animation.
This is what my turntable looks like now: http://xs209.xs.to/xs209/06473/technics1200.JPG.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs209&d=06473&f=technics1200.JPG)
And here's my nice illustration of what I'd like it to become :) http://xs309.xs.to/xs309/06473/technics1200_3.JPG.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs309&d=06473&f=technics1200_3.JPG)