I would give an arm to be able to understand a way to make my characters animate in cinema directly in fact…but so far all my test have been really frustrating. Soft IK is so ‘soft’ that it’s always behaving like if my characters are made of rubber. And I wasn’t able to make a softik rig of a whole figure. I’m sure cinema can keep up perfectly in CA, but have have yet to see how to do it, or to find somebody that can show me, or a tutorial that actually work. I heard a few people on the net say the same thing, that cinema have a great CA, that you just need to know how. But where is the how? Mybe in version 9 things can be easier. Where is Mocca version 2?
And, this is an MB point, in my situation now, I am modelling all the characters of my story myself, and rigging them all myself as well,so… a drag and drop automated rig like MB is a godsend. Having animated in MB a while, I’m not sure Cinema can be easier than this. Also, it’s NOT REAL-TIME in cinema at all. when I just try to animated one model in cinema the app is crawling. I don’t animate stick figures, I have to see what the results are before rendering. And I have a fine pc. Real-time preview is something you can’t go without, if you have tried it once.
I’m sure I will have to rig more than 50 characters for my story, I don’t want to start the same thing over and over for each ones.
in this I have come to think that to each his own job. If a product is geared only at one thing, it’s usually better at it, than the jack of all trades can be. if a person make only one thing, he will usually be better at it than the one who is doing 6 things at once. if Maxon didn’t thought their CA was a little too complex to grab for most of us, they woudn’t have made an fbx plug. I can make really cool morphs and such in cinema. but animating a medium to complex character so far has been deceiving. I can animate a character that has mostly no details and see it real-time, but for anything more complex I’m lost in nowhere.
But that’s a decision I made for my own project. For a job I will do whatever may be needed;)
Thanks all for your comments I appreciate them!