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  05 May 2004
Transform nodes


I noticed in my character's hierarchy that transform nodes have been created between some joints. Why does this happen. Is it normal?

Thanks alot for any replies.
  05 May 2004
Hey. Ok, now I'm most definitely not any expert rigger, by any means, but I've been trying.. and since nobody else has responded to your question, I'll at least try to give it a shot.

As far as I know, yes it is normal, and since for the life of me I can't get maya to reproduce that right now, I can't tell you why, I kind of need it right in front of me. Is there any way you can post your file? or at least give enough detail in the situation so I can try and recreate it here?
  05 May 2004
Maya creates those transform nodes for groups...when you duplicate a group with transforms it attaches a transform node to it.

Typically when working with joints there shouldn't be any transform nodes between joints unless you have manually created them yourself (such as nulls or control groups).

May wanna post up a pic of your outliner...

  05 May 2004
Hey Shawn, question, what version of Maya are you using?

Because I just did what you said and no new transform nodes were added.
  05 May 2004
This is caused when your joints aren't all at the same scale. Check through your hiarchy and see if you have any strange scale in the joints, if so you can simply freeze the scale to fix it. This wont remove the transforms you already have, but you will be able to reparent the joints and delete them at this point.

Richard Cheek
Personal project : The Goblin Abyss
  05 May 2004
Hey, thanks for the replies. THe joints in question did have scale values on them. Sorted out now.

Cheers Gnimmel.
  01 January 2006
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