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Facial Rigging in Softimage
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Released Oct 1, 2012
Delano Athias

Pluralsight

Delano Athias
In this series of Softimage tutorials we will learn facial rigging techniques in Softimage. Throughout the tutorial we’ll focus on providing animators with the control they need to create believable expressions with a control rig that computes fast. We’ll creatively explore several techniques and tools that can be used to create natural deformations. We’ll learn everything from how to simulates fleshy eyes to learning how to create and rig Shape Keys to automate specific deformations. We'll learn how to pin objects to a deforming surface, and we’ll also become familiar several of Softimage's amazing rigging tools. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have the knowledge you need to create facial rigs that produce natural and entertaining results.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:59
A look at the rig
2

A look at the rig

 
04:04
Setting up bones for the neck, head, and jaw
3

Setting up bones for the neck, head, and jaw

 
11:05
Adding bones to deform the eyes
4

Adding bones to deform the eyes

 
05:43
Creating bones to deform the eyelids
5

Creating bones to deform the eyelids

 
06:14
Organizing the rig
6

Organizing the rig

 
07:05
Enveloping the face
7

Enveloping the face

 
15:34
Mirroring weights in Softimage
8

Mirroring weights in Softimage

 
09:38
Weighting the eyelids
9

Weighting the eyelids

 
11:04
Creating animation controls for the neck and head
10

Creating animation controls for the neck and head

 
09:54
Connecting the head and neck bones to the animation controls
11

Connecting the head and neck bones to the animation controls

 
08:16
Space-switching control for the head
12

Space-switching control for the head

 
02:36
Setting up jaw controls
13

Setting up jaw controls

 
08:33
Rigging the eyebrows
14

Rigging the eyebrows

 
06:26
Enveloping the eyebrows
15

Enveloping the eyebrows

 
10:33
Creating brow controls
16

Creating brow controls

 
08:27
Finishing the brows
17

Finishing the brows

 
04:05
Adding eye controls
18

Adding eye controls

 
07:16
Wrapping up the eye controls
19

Wrapping up the eye controls

 
12:05
Controlling the eyelids
20

Controlling the eyelids

 
04:37
Simulating fleshy eyes
21

Simulating fleshy eyes

 
07:48
Rigging the tongue
22

Rigging the tongue

 
07:52
Tongue controls
23

Tongue controls

 
06:50
Correcting the corners of the mouth as the jaw opens
24

Correcting the corners of the mouth as the jaw opens

 
08:37
Creating Shape Keys for facial expressions
25

Creating Shape Keys for facial expressions

 
11:23
Sculpting a sneer
26

Sculpting a sneer

 
03:56
Mirroring Shape Keys
27

Mirroring Shape Keys

 
11:08
Extra Shape Keys
28

Extra Shape Keys

 
11:41
Correcting the deformations of the beard
29

Correcting the deformations of the beard

 
03:18
Controlling our facial expressions
30

Controlling our facial expressions

 
03:31
Finalizing the rig
31

Finalizing the rig

 
06:57