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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Fun with Curves and Blendshapes in Maya

I've just uploaded a video showing myself playing around with Maya blendshapes, after discovering that blend-shapes can use splines/curves. I was just playing around and stumbled upon it by accident.

You're probably laughing at me for the late discovery, and I do feel silly, but I've been doing quite a bit of props rigging, so it was a natural discovery for me.

In this tutorial I show how to set-up blend-shapes with curves (which is exactly the same as setting it up for geometry).

I then proceed to animate the blending of each shape to produce a controlled and directable behaviour for the base curve, to show the potential of using this in a wide variety of situations, including animation, rigging, modelling and effects.

I hope you find it helpful :)