Character Studio, FOO'!

Discussion in 'Fan Films, Fan Audio & SciFi 3D' started by PixelMagic, Jun 12, 2002.

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  1. PixelMagic Jedi Master

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    Hey guys. I was wondering if Character Studio has presets for animation. You know like how Poser has preset walking cycles and such. Do you guys know if Character Studio has these presets? I looked in Discreet's website, and they pretty much suck when it comes to describing their software. Anyway, in the re-written ending of The Soft Drink Menace, Jar Jar Binks comes into play. This is involve me character animating for the very first time. Ha ha, it's not much animation as he mostly just stands there and talks. BUT, you guys are going to laugh your heads off and probably cheer at what happens to poor Jar Jar in our film...HA HA HA.
  2. Carl_el_cee Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 9, 2002
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    Well THATS killed the surprise for us bro'. Its obvious, he dies!

    EDIT: VERY possible spoliers... or maybe not?
  3. Fremen Jedi Youngling

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    Sep 10, 2001
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    Your gonna make him live??!!! YAY! Pixel thats hilarious, your gonna make Jar Jar live!

    Dude...I am not sure what is gonna happen to Jar Jar, but if you don't want anyone to find out, then it wasn't a good idea to put "cheer" in the thing, becasue everyone wants Jar Jar to die. Just putting "laugh" in there would have been enough and would not have been so obvious.

    I am sorry, but I am really bored, I am not flaming you or anything. :p But It was something to do.


    grr second post....rats

    ;)
    Kyle
  4. Carl_el_cee Jedi Youngling

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  5. PixelMagic Jedi Master

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    Just because something happens to Jar Jar my friends, doesn't mean he dies. Cause there are things SOOOOO much worse than DEATH! BWWWWW HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!
  6. Carl_el_cee Jedi Youngling

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    That gave me a great idea for a movie. But as I can't get hold of a Jar-Jar costume(any pointers) I'll have to wait about a decade till me CG skills can actually aid me in making a CG short.
  7. datoolman Jedi Youngling

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    May 13, 2001
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    No... CS does not have that feature. You have to load mocap files. You can however use the footstep mode. You just place these 2D footsteps on the ground and move and rotate them how you like. Then the Biped will be linked to them and follow them through the animation.

    D
  8. PixelMagic Jedi Master

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    Oct 8, 2001
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    So, are motion capture files universal? Or are they program specific? I know there are some motion capture files on DvGarage's website. Will Character Studio read those? Hummmm. I am pondering many possiblities now. And I had forgotten about the footsteps thing. That's a very cool feature. Oh, and C3P0 gets what's coming to him too!! BWWWAAA HA HA HA!
  9. Macho Jedi Padawan

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    Sep 21, 2001
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    pixel, dvgarage doesn't have any mo cap files on their site...yet
  10. Carl_el_cee Jedi Youngling

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    Mmmm, my taste buds they trrremble! Oops, wrong sense.
    Sounds like fun. WE need a FFF (Funny Fan Film) :D. I think the Formula will mark a new era of "renaissance" and all those funny fan films will be thought up again!

    PS: Remember the Jar-Jar suit!

    Carl
  11. Lord_Homer Jedi Padawan

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    Apr 30, 2002
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    isn't it obvious?! Jar Jar is going to explode!
  12. Dezion-Karr Jedi Youngling

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    Dec 10, 2001
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    "Oh my god, you killed Jar Jar... YOU BAST- ... hey... you diiiiddd kill Jar Jar. Well how about that."

    I'm done now, continue :D

    Peace

    ~DK~
  13. DorkmanScott Manager Emeritus

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    Mar 26, 2001
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    "Cause there are things SOOOOO much worse than DEATH!"

    Like stepping in poodoo.

    [face_plain]

    And LOL @ Lord_Homer.

    M. Scott
  14. Janz_Walker Jedi Padawan

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    Sep 9, 2000
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    <borrow>Slap me around and call me Susan, you did kill Jar Jar! :D</borrow>

    Chris
  15. BrentK7 Jedi Padawan

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    Dec 20, 2000
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    Pixel: Hey man, Character Studio does not have preAnimated bipeds as someone b4 said, however it does come with premaid skeletons that behave just like a human/gungan skeleton (what i mean is that if you click and drag the foot it will move the knee acordingly in the right fashion, so animating with those really isn't that hard.)

    Hope this helped.

    P.S. can't wait to see your film.
  16. tumblemoster Jedi Padawan

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    Ahh, Datoolman and Brent have it wrong. When I was using character studio in school in version 3, one of my assignments was to use the motion mixer to mix multiple performance files.

    So, yes, Character Studio ships with several hundred performance files, which you can assign to a biped. You can also then apply multiple performances to a single biped, as well as mix them with the motion mixer. You can also do multiple layers of edits to a motion file, which allows you to keyframe and change certain aspects of a preset performance.

    -tm
  17. NSH Jedi Youngling

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    May 22, 2002
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    Pixel,
    Are you trying to get the character to perform mouth movements?

    I found a program last night while surfing called "Mimic" it's from www.lipsinc.com I think.

    Mimic was for poser I think but they may have something for 3dsmax...
    It seemed pretty nifty, but I didn't stay long on the site..
  18. BrentK7 Jedi Padawan

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    Dec 20, 2000
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    /me loads up Character Studio to see if TroubleM is a lier.

    EDIT: CRAP, you may have won ths battle Trouble, but you won't win the war. Mooo hahahahaha.

    *Brent walks away and trips over Trouble's extended foot.*
  19. tumblemoster Jedi Padawan

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    Hahahahahhaa!!


    *Maniacal Laughter!*

    -tm
  20. Ptx Jedi Padawan

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    "Cause there are things SOOOOO much worse than DEATH"

    Yeah, like Iago said in 'Alladin - The Return of Jafar' "You'll be surprised what you can live through"

    Pete

    I can show you the world,
    Shining, shimmering, splendid
    Tell me princess now when did
    You last let your heart decide...
    etc etc
  21. tumblemoster Jedi Padawan

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    I can open your eyes!
    Take you wonder by wonder!
    Over, sideways, and under!
    On a magic carpet ride!
    A whole new woooooorld!
    A dazzling place I never knew!

    -tm
    *My favorite movie!*
  22. datoolman Jedi Youngling

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    May 13, 2001
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    WRONG ! CS has no 'Preset Motions'. It comes with mocap/biped files that mimic motion. CS has no ability to move a biped on it's own without external files.

    I can open your eyes!
    Take you wonder by wonder!
    Over, sideways, and under!
    On a magic carpet ride!
    A whole new woooooorld!
    A dazzling place I never knew!


  23. tumblemoster Jedi Padawan

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    He asked if it comes with presets for motion, and IT DOES. You said it didn't. And the files the CS uses are not standard motion capture data, they are proprietary.

    -tm
  24. PixelMagic Jedi Master

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    Oct 8, 2001
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    Well, I'll be looking into learning character animation I suppose.
  25. datoolman Jedi Youngling

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    No.. it comes with files that you assign to a biped. Read the post and you will see that I was correct in my answer.

    D
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