I am new to this thread but I decided to post some imformation about a new rigging tool I recently developed. I call it the Bend Twist-Rig It is designed to easily and quickly skin joint deformations for joints like shoulders and hips.
It can be downloaded along with some demo videos here.
Here is a link to a quick motion test I did using the bend rig. All joints were rigged with it.
I feel that the actual main task of rigging when it comes down to it is getting things to bend , twist and stretch properly. Otherwise we could just simply skin everything at 100 % to joints and be done with it. I feel that there is no reason why it should always be such a complicated and time consuming task. Why spend weeks trying to rig something. I would rather spend time on the fun parts like animating and character design. The ideal is to be able to push a button and have everything be skinned in a few seconds automatically. I feel this type of tool is a step in that direction.
So basically it is a series of cross section objects that are position and rotation constrained to eachother in a way that produces a even twisting and bending motion. The cross sections can be skinned to and will maintain volume and a consistent bending and twisting motion at any angle (at least all humanly possible). It also stretches.
Neat even creases are created at all angles. The arms that control the Bending motion and the Com that controls its center, can be linked to any other object ( i.e. biped or any pre-setup rig).
I know this is not a script per se, But I have already set it up so I might as well make it available for anyone to use.
actually I was inspired to post here by a request that was made in this thread a couple of years ago on the below link
Specifically idea number 6 in the post below
1.How about a Non Liniear Animation Mixer Utlity device :D…oh wait… didn’t… hmm
2.An interactive beveler with drawing capability’s to draw branches on trees etc. LW has a plugin for that…
3.An extended Custom Attribute editor, that let’s you insert/edit scripts in a CA
One of my favourites would be a shaderOverride
5.shaderOverride would take the shading properties of one material, but let’s you use maps/materials of an other material, completely take shading and texturing apart.
6.Complete rig existing of only parametric modifiers for skin (like bend/twist/stretch etc) and only Nulls to control them (no FFD’s though!:)) … hmm
7.Greeble that does subdivide
Well, I guess these are more or less my wishes… thought I would chip in some…
This is the basic idea behind the bend rig. Basically a bend and twist modifier combined,
but implemented as a rig and much more powerful but also with the ability to stretch.
More of an explanation is given on the scripspot post where it can be downloaded.