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 Post subject: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 17:41 
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Hello,


I'd like to share a little pluggin I've been developing over the past year or so in between jobs. I call it The Grow Rig System, and it's basically a simple auto rigger with a character mesh already attached. Sort of a combination of a rigging tool and a modeling tool.

Here's a demo video:

http://www.kylevargas.net/growrig/demo/grow_rig_demo.html


It's a very simple tool, definitely a work in progress. I've certainly seen more advanced rig builders out there, but I feel the ideas my system centers around are very strong.

There are many features I have in mind to add to this system but I must admit my scripting and rigging skills are limited. Any feedback would be a great help, but what I'm really hoping for are any riggers and scripters who would be up for working with me to improve and add to it.

Here's where to download the files:

http://kylevargas.net/growrig/beta.html

So, if you're interested in any capacity whatsoever, feel free to use it, test it, let me know what you think. And again, if you're interested in working on it with me I'd love to hear from you.

Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 17:52 
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Looks very interesting...
Is it version specific in any way?
(i.e. what is the minimum version of XSI/Softimage to run it successfully?)


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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 18:17 
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Looks really interesting, creating the model and final rig and moving the weights over is very nice as well.

cheers for sharing this, specialized rigs like this are very welcome for SI. I can also see a combo of your 'modeling' rig and the GEAR tools as well.

rob

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 21:55 
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Thanks so much for the comments guys. I appreciate it. :-D

Hirazi - I dont think it really matters what version, since the system mostly uses plain old .emdl model files....the only thing you actually "plug in" is a toolbar with the scripts. It definitely works for versions as far back as 7.1 but i suspect it will work with even older versions as well.

Rork - GEAR is awesome! ALIVE too. I would love to work with people of that caliber to build my system into a more fully featured pluggin. Here's hoping! :-D

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 22:48 
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thanks! i really like your system's concept, Kyle! :)

Haven't tested it, but i like the style a lot: simple, creative and practical way to work things out.
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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2011, 00:55 
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Hi!
This looks very cool! I´m very busy at the moment, so unfortunately I couldn´t give it a try. But I´ll try to get this thread onto the gallery. Perhaps you can provide some nice screenshot in higher resolution and add them to you post or even send them over directly to me (info@si-community.com). Also post this video at vimeo ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2011, 20:07 
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Hi Oliver,

Id be really honored if you could put my post in the gallery. I will definitely email very shortly with a bunch of images for you to use.

I also took your suggestion and posted the video on vimeo:

http://www.vimeo.com/20003211

Thanks again!!

-Chris

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2011, 20:11 
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Hirazi Blue wrote:
...Is it version specific in any way?
(i.e. what is the minimum version of XSI/Softimage to run it successfully?)

To my knowledge emdl files are not backwards compatible, it looks like you'll need at least 2011.5 to take full advantage of this rig system.

Here's a list of the emdl files and the version they seem to have come from:
    Models\Rigs\Proportional\Male Biped\Proportional_Rig.emdl - 9.5(2011.5)
    Models\Rigs\Proportional\Female Biped\Proportional_Rig.emdl - 9.5(2011.5)
    Models\Rigs\Animation\Biped\Animation_Rig.emdl - 7.0
    Models\EMDL\Shapes\Male Biped\Male_Biped_Shapes.emdl - 7.0
    Models\EMDL\Shapes\Female Biped\Female_Biped_Shapes.emdl - 7.5


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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2011, 20:22 
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Crap. It seems you are right Mastermind. I will dig around for versions of the proportional models that were created in version 7. Sorry about this guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Grow Rig System Beta
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2011, 20:57 
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Ok I did find a version of the proportional rigs that were saved out from 7.01. I replaced the whole .rar file with a new one that has the 7.01 models so anyone who was having problems can just re download it. Just remember to clear your browsers cache so youre not just redownloading the older version again.

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