Tutorial – Rigging the Gyrocopter, Part II
July 14, 2011
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Rigging the Gyrocopter, Part II
Sorry I’m late! Last week was crazy, but here I am with Part II of the tutorial. Video quality is much better this time (720p in fact), and I managed to stay around the 20 minute mark, so check it out to learn how you can use Spline IK to rig things like hoses or ropes or stuff like that.
I first went to the wiki to try to figure out how it worked, but you know the wiki – even though the intention is great it’s always hard to explain things by text. So a big thank you goes to Nathan Vegdahl and his Mammoth Rigging Tutorial, where this subject is very well explained. I haven’t gone through all of it (I skipped around to the parts when Spline IK was dealt with), so you’ll probably see a review post on it soon, but so far it really is a great product. If you want a better explanation of why cyclic dependencies are a bad thing (instead of my attempt in the video – “it does crazy stuff”, I still can’t believe that’s how I summed it up!), go get it!
I hope this was useful to you, and as always, please go ahead and leave any feedback on the comments below!
You can find Part I of the tutorial here.