LC #42 Pipers Alley

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08-14-2010, 02:22 AM
I'm trying to do just that, get my joints to ride on the mesh deformation while affecting it. What's the best way to tackle this?


08-14-2010, 07:08 AM
You mean creating a bone or muscle effect under the skin?

Maya Muscle System.
Sculpt deformer.

Lots of ways to do this, if I understand your question.

08-14-2010, 08:58 AM
Sorry, no, I meant a joint that is transformed by a mesh's deformation (so is attached to a poly in one way or another) but still can deform the mesh if the joint is moved, without getting double translation.

08-14-2010, 01:00 PM
It can be done, but it may take more effort than it's worth.
Sune Kempf ( showed off a layered skinning demo a while back, that involved outputting the base skin to a duplicate mesh, then skinning the duplicate to another set of joints. In your case, you could use rivets or follicles to attach the extra joints to the base mesh. The biggest problem though is that you need to set up a matrix connection for each joint, to prevent double-transforms.

08-14-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks, I'm trying to find the post on his site but maybe it was elsewhere?

Doesn't sound that much of extra work really but could do with a kick in the right direction if anyone has actually tried the technique... mucho gracias!

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