Hey all, thanx for the kind words!
The controls all work based the same as the stuff in my book, I just happened to have learned a few more tricks since then (also, in a side note: This is the first time in my CG life I dug into this kind of stuff and didn’t give myself the proviso of : you have to explain this to people so it can be implemented in pipeline. I just ran with it throwing “teaching” to the wind. That left me more open to play)
The biggest differences about this setup from what’s in the book is these three things:
- Latticed teeth
- Piping a skinned mesh into ANOTHER skinned mesh as a blendshape and animating the bones on that first mesh
- The seperation of ins/outs from up/downs for the lips.
Other than that, this is all covered in the book. The controls are as follows; Sat, Dec7/03)
Top left, across to bottom right:
Mouth left/right/up/down BEHAVIOUR TYPE (too complicated to explain right now; modifies behaviour resultant from position of slider 2)
Mouth left/right/up/down moves the MOUTH/LIPS around up=up, left=left etc. This is not moving the whole face, just the mouth
Face left/right/up/down is what’s responsible for the overall swinging and squash/stretching (left=left down=down, etc)
Smile/Frown. Up=Smile Down=Frown
<row two> Basic Sync. Up/Down corresponds to Jaw motion up=up down=down. Left=Narrow (left to right width) and Right=Wide (width, again)
Lips Up/Down. Up/Down=Upper lip Up/Down, Left/Right = Lower Lip Up/Down (Easier to use than it sounds. You can make an F by yanking it up/right, a SH by yanking it up/left, etc
Lips In/Out. Up/Down=Upper Lip In/Out, Left/Right=Lower Lip In/Out
<row three> Jaw “Other”. Left=Jaw Left, Right = Jaw Right, Up=Jaw IN/BACK, Down=Jaw Out
P.S.-All the left/rights are assymmetrical and get skewed according to Slider 2 (and 1). When I say Upper Lip Up, for Eg, there’s actually two shapes; one that pulls the right side up, one that pulls the left side up. Depending on the positions of sliders 1 and 2 when I pull the upper lip control upwards decides how that will actually occur.
More later! Now, to sleep! -J.