Added by on 2014-05-24

Animating with Constraints by Nick Arbeiter

Animating with Constraints: Two-Handed Props

This tutorial is about two handed prop interactions, where one of the hands is leading the action. The main thing to remember is that one hand will be in charge, and that the second hand will follow the PROP. I go through my Zero Group setup for this type of interaction as well in the video.

Animating with Constraints: Props Leading Hands

This one has the props leading the hands, instead of the alternative. I use it primarily for heavier objects being interacted with. Follows the same general setup as generic prop animation. Just a fair warning: this method may not work with some referenced characters. If you try to group the hand controllers and get the error “such and such is Read Only,” than you may need to try setting up the constraints another way. I mention a couple options toward the end of the video.

Animating with Constraints: General Prop Setup

In this video, I focus on handheld props, and my general setup for creating the constraint and grouping system. It allows the animator an easy and repeatable system for putting a prop into a characters hand and retain the ability to animate the prop independently, while still following the character’s hand.

Animating with Constraints: Constraint Switching

This video covers the logic behind picking up and putting down or letting go of objects. This entails setting up multiple constraint systems and switching them on and off correctly. It’s essentially space switching for props!

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