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Advanced Character Rigging in 3ds Max
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Released Apr 29, 2013
Delano Athias

Pluralsight

Delano Athias
In this 3ds Max tutorial, we will learn several methods and tools for creating complex rigs that are capable of producing very stylized deformations!

We'll start by creating a modular rig we can insert into our control rigs for flexibility and speed. We'll learn how to create IK FK systems, and learn how to enhance those systems to produce more exaggerated results. We'll also create robust counter-twist systems that do a great job at holding volume.

We've got a ton of great content in-store for you that will increase your knowledge of rigging so that you can create rigs that are robust and flexible.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:48
Customizing 3ds Max and a look at the Flexi-Line
2

Customizing 3ds Max and a look at the Flexi-Line

 
06:30
Starting on the Flexi-Line
3

Starting on the Flexi-Line

 
08:35
Completing the controls for the Flexi-Line
4

Completing the controls for the Flexi-Line

 
12:05
Setting up advanced twisting control for the Flexi-Line
5

Setting up advanced twisting control for the Flexi-Line

 
17:38
Finalizing the Flexi-Line twist rig
6

Finalizing the Flexi-Line twist rig

 
11:49
Adding squash and stretch to the Flexi-Line
7

Adding squash and stretch to the Flexi-Line

 
10:16
Completing the Flexi-Line's squash and stretch system
8

Completing the Flexi-Line's squash and stretch system

 
14:54
Cleaning up the Flexi-Line and creating its envelope objects
9

Cleaning up the Flexi-Line and creating its envelope objects

 
09:26
Wrapping up our work on the Flexi-Line
10

Wrapping up our work on the Flexi-Line

 
03:39
Rigging the torso
11

Rigging the torso

 
09:22
Creating controls for the torso
12

Creating controls for the torso

 
07:35
The center-of-gravity control
13

The center-of-gravity control

 
05:46
Adding a global control
14

Adding a global control

 
04:31
Connecting a Flexi-Line to the torso
15

Connecting a Flexi-Line to the torso

 
10:51
Improving the back control selection
16

Improving the back control selection

 
02:13
Progress check: The torso
17

Progress check: The torso

 
08:48
Starting on the head rig
18

Starting on the head rig

 
06:40
Dynamically parenting the head to the chest
19

Dynamically parenting the head to the chest

 
10:31
Connecting a Flexi-Line to the neck
20

Connecting a Flexi-Line to the neck

 
11:12
Finishing the neck Flexi system
21

Finishing the neck Flexi system

 
06:34
Progress check: The neck / locking control objects
22

Progress check: The neck / locking control objects

 
04:18
Creating the leg bones
23

Creating the leg bones

 
09:28
Adding ankle bones
24

Adding ankle bones

 
09:06
Building a counter-twist solution for the legs
25

Building a counter-twist solution for the legs

 
09:48
Bones systems for IK / FK legs
26

Bones systems for IK / FK legs

 
11:27
Switching between IK and FK
27

Switching between IK and FK

 
05:29
Rigging the IK legs
28

Rigging the IK legs

 
12:11
Animation controls for the IK legs
29

Animation controls for the IK legs

 
10:40
Connecting our IK foot rig to the control object
30

Connecting our IK foot rig to the control object

 
06:53
Setting up auxiliary controls to the drive the IK foot rig
31

Setting up auxiliary controls to the drive the IK foot rig

 
10:12
Banking control for the feet
32

Banking control for the feet

 
07:42
Progress check: The IK legs
33

Progress check: The IK legs

 
08:23
Creating FK leg controls
34

Creating FK leg controls

 
05:14
Connecting the FK leg controls to the FK systems
35

Connecting the FK leg controls to the FK systems

 
12:01
Finishing our work on the FK legs
36

Finishing our work on the FK legs

 
16:46
Controlling the visibility of our IK and FK controls
37

Controlling the visibility of our IK and FK controls

 
04:09
Stretchy IK limbs
38

Stretchy IK limbs

 
15:17
Creating a switch to turn the stretchy systems for the IK legs on and off
39

Creating a switch to turn the stretchy systems for the IK legs on and off

 
07:23
Connecting the stretchy systems to the primary legs
40

Connecting the stretchy systems to the primary legs

 
11:54
Progress check: the stretchy legs
41

Progress check: the stretchy legs

 
04:57
Attaching a Flexi-Line to the left thigh
42

Attaching a Flexi-Line to the left thigh

 
10:22
Setting up the twist behavior for the Flexi-Line connected to the left thigh
43

Setting up the twist behavior for the Flexi-Line connected to the left thigh

 
04:30
Wrapping up our work on the left thigh Flexi-Line
44

Wrapping up our work on the left thigh Flexi-Line

 
10:01
Connecting a Flexi-Line to the left shin
45

Connecting a Flexi-Line to the left shin

 
06:59
Setting up the twist behavior for the Flexi system connected to the left shin
46

Setting up the twist behavior for the Flexi system connected to the left shin

 
13:03
Completing the left shin Flexi rig
47

Completing the left shin Flexi rig

 
06:38
A knee stretch control
48

A knee stretch control

 
07:36
Progress check: The final leg rig
49

Progress check: The final leg rig

 
02:09
Creating the arm bones
50

Creating the arm bones

 
07:33
Creating finger bones
51

Creating finger bones

 
13:07
Mirroring the left arm
52

Mirroring the left arm

 
02:11
Adding our counter-twist rig to the left shoulder
53

Adding our counter-twist rig to the left shoulder

 
07:36
A look at the right shoulder counter-twist rig
54

A look at the right shoulder counter-twist rig

 
00:40
IK / FK systems for the arms
55

IK / FK systems for the arms

 
07:49
IK controls for the arms
56

IK controls for the arms

 
05:10
Creating FK arm controls
57

Creating FK arm controls

 
05:36
Connecting the FK arm controls to the FK systems
58

Connecting the FK arm controls to the FK systems

 
07:41
Locking the wrists to the IK and FK systems
59

Locking the wrists to the IK and FK systems

 
04:28
Updating the counter-twist rig tied to the left shoulder
60

Updating the counter-twist rig tied to the left shoulder

 
12:08
Updating the right arm counter-twist rig
61

Updating the right arm counter-twist rig

 
03:25
Stretchy FK arms
62

Stretchy FK arms

 
02:56
Rigging the IK arms to stretchy
63

Rigging the IK arms to stretchy

 
10:51
Tying the stretchy systems into the primary arms
64

Tying the stretchy systems into the primary arms

 
06:17
Controlling the clavicles
65

Controlling the clavicles

 
04:34
Progress check: the arms
66

Progress check: the arms

 
02:30
Connecting a Flexi-Line to the left shoulder
67

Connecting a Flexi-Line to the left shoulder

 
06:46
Setting up the twist behavior for the left shoulder Flexi rig
68

Setting up the twist behavior for the left shoulder Flexi rig

 
07:25
Finishing the twist control for the left shoulder Flexi-Line
69

Finishing the twist control for the left shoulder Flexi-Line

 
02:08
Completing the left shoulder's Flexi rig
70

Completing the left shoulder's Flexi rig

 
04:36
Attaching a Flexi system to the left forearm
71

Attaching a Flexi system to the left forearm

 
04:20
Setting up the twist behavior for the left forearm's Flexi rig
72

Setting up the twist behavior for the left forearm's Flexi rig

 
06:06
Finishing the left forearm's Flexi-Line
73

Finishing the left forearm's Flexi-Line

 
04:22
The elbow stretch control
74

The elbow stretch control

 
07:37
Progress check: the final arm rig
75

Progress check: the final arm rig

 
02:36
Adding finger controls
76

Adding finger controls

 
07:37
Wrapping up our finger controls
77

Wrapping up our finger controls

 
09:24
Creating a squash and stretch head rig
78

Creating a squash and stretch head rig

 
03:21
Skinning the character to its control rig
79

Skinning the character to its control rig

 
09:19