Quick Tutorial: animating rigged creatures in GMax/3DS MAX

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Quick Tutorial: animating rigged creatures in GMax/3DS MAX

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Here's how to take a rigged Trespasser mesh and use it for an animation in Gmax or 3D Studio MAX.

0.- Get the rigged mesh in TPM format in the first place! Do it properly, in TresEd check the "convert bones" option when exporting, it must be such that it can be opened in TPDC.

1.- Import the mesh into Gmax/3DS MAX with the TPM import MaxScript. If you did step 0 properly, you should see a warning about skins taking a long time to process.

2.- Hide everything except the creature's bones. This includes the physics boxes, the shadow mesh and its bones, and the creature's mesh itself.

3.- Using the "Select and Link" tool, connect the bones, left-clicking on a "child bone", dragging the pointer to its "parent" bone and releasing it, then right-click on the "parent", select "Properties" and click both on "Realign" and "Reset Stretch", then on "OK". Repeat for other bones. Use the alias files from TPDC for reference to determine which bones should be children of which other parent bones. For creatures with double joints, refer to the TPDC preset files, too, since for cosmetic reasons the parent-child relationships for those weren't properly set in the corresponding alias files.

4.- After you're done establishing the bone hierarchy, unhide the creature's mesh. After having realigned the bones in the previous step, the mesh will be severely deformed.

5.- Select the mesh, click on "Editable Mesh". then on the "Skin" modifier, expand the "Advanced Params" section in the right panel, uncheck the "Always Deform" box, then check it again. Save your work.

That's it, now you have a fully animated creature which you can use.
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Re: Quick Tutorial: animating rigged creatures in GMax/3DS MAX

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Ah good work, a lengthy process but it will help out alot.
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It actually doesn't seem TOO lengthy. I might have to check it out
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Step 3 sounds like a doozy but I think we can handle it ultimately (mainly concerned about interpreting the alias files, haven't dealt with them yet), thanks. 8)
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Wow, that's pretty sweet!
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HOLY FRAK!!!

Anyways, I was wondering if we could use this process to... well modify the existing Anne mesh then re-export the .TPM?
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Re: Quick Tutorial: animating rigged creatures in GMax/3DS MAX

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regarding the alias files found in Tpdc:

Syntax:

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<origname>;<newname>;<parent>;<mirror>;<ratio>

origname = the original bone name
newname = the name displayed in the list box (i.e. the alias)
parent = the parent bone
mirror = the bone on the other side of mirror plane (optional)
ratio = corresponds to the rotationRatio property, but unused AFAIK

In order to be automatically detected, the filename (minus .alias
extension)of the alias file should match the filename (again minus
extension) of the TPM file.


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Post by TheGuy »

I'm trying to follow this tutorial along to have an animatable raptor for a project I'm working on, but I'm getting stuck at step 3.

After I've linked the bones, I right click on the parent, but there's no 'properties' button, only 'object properties', which deals with how light is received etc etc.

I'm using Max 2010, so that might be the cause. Does anybody know what I need to click?
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As a note to machf when he sees this, I saw a screen of his Object Properties box and it looked just as I remember it in older versions, so I think some detail is being left out, or else the object is not acting as the same type it's expected to in your tutorial..
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Well, for some reason, the required buttons ("Realign"and "Reset Stretch") are accessed via Animation->Bone Tools
Although according to this page, they should be accessible through right-click->"Options"

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