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Old 01-04-2007, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Best way of character animating in Maya

I've seen a few videos, from this site, and some others - and to be honest, I've been left a little confused.

What's the best way of animating a character? I know there's more than one way to skin a cat, but what would you guys suggest?

I've seen on one video, I think it was a gnomon one, the guy use stepped tangents, block everything out, then only to go back and smooth everything out. I'm sure this is pose-to-pose animation

I've seen on here, esp. the Alien door video from this site, what seems to be straight ahead animation, where clamped and spline curves were the norm.

What's the most effective and most efficient/quickest?

Any advice anyone?


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the 'pose to pose' animation style stems from 2d conventional animation. poses would be made, and other animators called 'inbetweeners' would draw the frames that went between those two key poses.

straight-forward animation is also ok, but you can tend to get yourself into a jam more often. you can use either way you like, but i prefer pose-to-pose, as it lets you get a sense of timing (from one still pose to another) before you go put in the details of the animation. that way if something seems to not have enough time to make a certain motion or too much time, you can change the frame the pose hits on more easily than if you animated straight forward and had to move lots of keys on lots of objects and lots of different frames.
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