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Old 05 May 2013   #1
Skin weigting

Hi,

Is there a way of saving a skin weighting profile?

I have spent a good while tweaking the skin weighting of a character and the skeleton hierarchy and topology will be the same for other characters (with just different proportions)

I would like to be able to use the skin weighting from the character I have done already and apply it to the other characters.

Cheers,

Andy
 
Old 05 May 2013   #2
Export skin weights tool. You need to have proper UVs though.
 
Old 05 May 2013   #3
You can also try plugins that allow you to save your weights without having to use the default Maya way. They either store your weights on a per vertex basis or by world position (it depends on the plugin).
I have written my own tool which is available here:

http://www.braverabbit.de/playground/?p=915.

It only stores per vertex but it's a reliable tool and has helped me many times.
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Old 05 May 2013   #4
Thanks goin, that looks perfect for what I want. I'll give it a whirl and let you know how I get on!

Edit: Is the plug-in directory Program Files > Autodesk > Maya2013 > bin > plug-ins ?

Last edited by andyman121 : 05 May 2013 at 09:23 AM.
 
Old 06 June 2013   #5
if you are using Maya 2012 and above there is a built method for exporting vertex based weight maps.. under Animation> Edit Deformers> Export Deformer Weights
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Old 06 June 2013   #6
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Originally Posted by gmask
if you are using Maya 2012 and above there is a built method for exporting vertex based weight maps.. under Animation> Edit Deformers> Export Deformer Weights


Thanks, yeah I've recently found this. Although I didn't realise there was a menu place for it until you have just kindly pointed out. I was accessing it through the command

cmds.deformerWeights("filename.xml", export=True, deformer="skinCluster1")

cmds.deformerWeights("filename.xml", im=True, m="index", deformer="skinCluster1")
 
Old 06 June 2013   #7
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