|Animus rig by Nick Miller and Lin Xiong|
Where is the Animus Rig?
You can find it and download it for free here at Creative Crash.
How does the Animus rig work?
To see how the rig works, start off by watching the official how-to video below: It's 20 minutes long, but you'll be glad you did!
Animus Rig from Nick Miller on Vimeo.
First, go to the main global control (named all_anim) and turn on Settings and Hands. You will need these controls to animate the facial expressions and hands.
How do you turn on the facial controls?
To use the facial controls, go to the viewport and then select panels/facial camera. This will bring up a full facial interface which allows you to animate the facial expressions as well as dialogue and lipsync. Tear off the menu by going to panels/tear off. Test out the facial controls to see what they can and can't do.
You can find more (and more detailed) facial controls under the eye-shaped icon above Animus's nose, labelled face visibility anim. Set Detail Control Vis to on in order to get a wide range of facial shapers. These will help you get good expressions out of the rig.
Where is the tongue control?
As above, under the eye-shaped icon above Animus's nose, labelled face visibility anim, make sure to set Tongue Control Vis to on.
What about the scripts and icons that come with it?
First make sure the scripts and icons are in the correct directory. Scripts go in your Maya scripts folder.
This command opens the UI, make sure you execute in python:
Does the rig actually work?
It certainly does. To see the rig put through its paces, see the animation test by animator Spartan Pace below.
Like all new rigs, it's always worth spending a bit of time figuring out how the rig works before you start animating. What can the rig do? What can't it do? Every rig has its limitations, and you need to animate within those limitations. Always watch the "how to" videos - it will save you a lot of heartache down the road.
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