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11 November 2008, 03:04 PM
I saw this video by Jason Ryan- a preview to his tutorials.
This was a part of the video series.
I dont have his tuts. Heres what I've attempted on my own.


Its not really complete. I've done only half of the sequence. Once I get this part right I can mirror it on the other side.
By the way, is there any way to actually mirror copy animation in maya?

*I want to use a different video upload site. What do you guys recommend?
*How do I get a frame counter for maya 7.0?

Thanks for checking out this page.

11 November 2008, 08:45 PM
That doesn't look bad. Personally, I'd have him lean into his sideways move more and probably try to get his weight farther over the leading foot.

But it's so fast that things like that can be cheated.

There's a script for Maya that will put a frame counter in a corner I think. You might ask in the Maya sub forum.

I think the best format to post WIPs in is Quicktime because it scrubs so well.

Most website providers include several gigabytes of storage. I'd look into getting your own .com address and website so you can post things. Might run about $50 a year.

11 November 2008, 12:27 AM
I agree with robcat2075's comments. Also I think the hips need to come down some at the end with the clap to show some more weight. Also don't forget about successive breaking of joints. The wrists and fingers are not overlapping. Have one part of the arm hit, then the next and then the next down to the fingers. Nice Start!

11 November 2008, 03:00 AM

Wilson-3d: Thnx man. I understand what you are saying and will fix it.

Robcat2075:Thnx for this. But I'm really not sure I understand this.
Do you mean when he starts to take his step make him lean more forward?
And how do I get his weight over his foot?
Is it possible for you to plz give me a little more detailed explanation?

11 November 2008, 08:46 PM
Well, it's just about impossible to do thoughtful analysis without being able to scrub the clip and frame thru it.

I think if he's going to be moving that fast he needs to start leaning his weight into the direction he wants to go sooner, even during his anticipation move.

By "weight" I mean his center of gravity, which is probably near his hips or mid torso during most of this.

I couldn't be sure without trying it out. What you've got really doesn't look bad.

Here's something similar ( I tried once. At about 20-23 seconds in the tall character makes an absurdly wide sidestep. There really is no way to do it realistically, but I tried to get all of his weight falling into the direction he was trying to go so his remaining leg could plausibly be pushing him over.

You can ignore the rest of the scene, I'm sorry I don't have just the pertinent part up as a smaller clip.

11 November 2008, 12:54 PM
Sorry about the late upload. I finished this a while back but couldnt upload it cause of some problems.

Robcat: Thanks for the video. I understood your point.:thumbsup:

I've added a frame counter on the video. Also I'm uploading it on 2 different sites. Fromthe latter one you can even download it.

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