Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Free Rig - Yellow Beetle by Aaron Parker

Yellow Beetle by Aaron Parker
One of the great benefits of working in Maya is the large and growing number of free rigs, props and sets now made available through our community of users.

Today we look at one of the most imaginative vehicle rigs - The Yellow Beetle by Aaron Parker - available for free download at Creative Crash. It has some flaws and quirks, but it's a great little rig, and you can do some really fun animation with it.

What's this rig all about?
The Beetle rig is a great way to get some fun, cartoony vehicle animation into your demo reel. It squashes and stretches nicely, and you can make it bounce and sway as it chugs along. Although you might need to stick a driver behind the wheel on a close-up or medium shot, the Beetle can be made to have a personality all of its own.

Why bother with animating vehicles?
Go and see any Hollywood action film these days and you will see tons of stunt car animation. There is plenty of work for animators who can bring things like cars, helicopters and robots to life in a convincing and believable way.

Check out some of the excellent work below done by our students at Animation Apprentice.
Car Skid by Marc Godfrey


Stunt Car by Greg Gordon 



Skidding Car by Henry Fenwick 



Does it have any bugs?

A few. As with almost all rigs (especially free ones!), there are some known problems to watch out for. These include:

  1. The rig has a tendency to crash whenever you try to keyframe the main mover control. Save your work often! 
  2. This rig does not scale. This means you will have to scale your geometry (such as your set and props) instead.
  3. The control curves have a tendency to disappear. If the controls disappear, the solution is to go to display/show/all - this will bring them back. You may have to do this often.
  4. The textures do not display in the viewport in Maya 2015. Solution: Click on the lighting tab and select Two Sided Lighting. Under the Render drop-down menu, select Legacy Default Viewport.
Who made this rig?
Thanks to the very talented Aaron Parker for creating such a great rig for the Maya community to enjoy and practice their craft.

What is the License Type?
Freeware

Where can I download it?
To find the Yellow Beetle, download the rig here at Creative Crash.

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