Well the animated mech project is continuing and with the help of another forum member i have an excellent rig ( i won’t mention the name just yet in case he/she gets flooded with rig requests !!)
The aim of all this is is for a no-brainer like me to be able to build, rig and animate a rig…if i can do it then anyone can. To that end i plan to make a full tut along the lines of the excellent 3d palace MAX Mech Tut
OK so i have the beasty doing a full step over 125 frames, don’t laugh this is just a very quick setup to see how to do the cycle, i will refine the steps…a lot !!
The only things keyed are the foot controllers and the cabin-base controller all else is driven by IK on bones
Now how would one go about extrapolating this to have the mech walk across the screen ? If the steps were in place i suppose you could just cycle them then move the whole rig but that is not very elegant
As with each step there is movement in the z axis and the cabin also moves in the z axis a cycle just rocks the mech back and forth from it’s starting point
For the Max project i simply set this step and then used an “out of range” relative repeat which moves the mech forward naturally
Does anyone have a good and easy suggestion as to how to accomplish this in C4D ? i am not that clever with fcurves and am making a real balls up of it so far !!
As I said earlier this is for a tut and not for a private project, there is a lot of stuff here, the MAX vids come in at about 250 MB and the C4D rigging is much more complex, the end result will cover alot of C4D ground and will, I think, make an excellent tut on all aspects of C4D from modelling to rigging to lighting and animation - ooh and some xpresso thrown in !!
Perhaps this sort of thing should be left to the experts but no one seems to be doing anything on this scale so i thought hell if i can do it in MAX i can do it in C4D, then if I can do it…well anyone can !!
If anyone has any suggestions as to how to proceed with the walk i would appreciate them ( in realtively simple explanations !!)
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