Thursday, November 17, 2011

the Puppets ! the Puppets !!

I've been called a masochist,..not that I'm into pain or anything, but I will usually do whatever it takes to get a job done, no matter how tedious, or laborious. Case in point, the latest animated video for Y - Band of Robots, is a "live" performance piece that is definitely the most complicated, involved, animation project I've ever worked on. (over 10,000 frames in one continuous shot to render)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I found a program called iPi, that lets you use the Kinect depth camera to record 3d motion, then apply it to whatever you'd like with your favorite 3d program. Well, despite having a brand new souped-up computer to work on, I can't use the software because I need a certain video card....
so, until I can make that happen, it's back to animating my robots as IK rigged puppets.

The drummerbot has 4 arms, each controlled by a goal object (the squares in the picture).  And even his kit has morph targets set to animate when he hits a cymbal, or a kick drum. Lots of graph editing.


The bassbot has articulated fingers on both hands, he only has 3 fingers on each hand for a few reasons, mostly to save time animating, but really, he's a robot, he can do more with 3 than people could with 5.

Eventually, I'm going to get the motion capture software to work, but I'm still tweaking the hell out of his moves with that precision bass.

I'm currently working on the keyboard bot, it's definitely not as involved as the other performances,
especially considering we wont get a close up look at her hands !

There are many improvements from the previous Ybot videos, like this one where I used Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 to create the fireworks and laser show.

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