AutoDesk MotionBuilder: Using the Real-Time 3D Engine

For those of you who are not familiar, AutoDesk MotionBuilder is a very popular software program that is used for creating animated effects. It has a user friendly interface, making it is easy to use. When deciding to use the AutoDesk MotionBuilder software, you need to know a few things about the Real-Time 3D Engine.

AutoDesk MotionBuilder: Using Windows

The first thing that needs to be done is to install your AutoDesk MotionBuilder software on your PC, Mac or notebook. Then, launch the program and open a new project or the project you want to work on. You will notice there are a lot of windows opened inside your program, and that is because each window is another application or effect you can use.

Resize them and make them bigger or smaller to suit your needs. You can save them in your Layout by simply going to the top menu, select Layout and click Create (New) Layout. This will help you whenever you need to add effects to your project.

Character Animation: Skeletons

Character Animation is another feature of AutoDesk MotionBuilder software. You can animate characters by manually setting the key frames. But first, import a mesh (a model) and define his bone system and skeleton features. After doing so, right-click the skeleton region and select the Isolate Section, then Select by Name on your main tool menu. In your Select by Scene box choose Display -> Children, then Display -> Expand all. This helps you by naming each bone of the skeleton and then later characterizing them by just one simple click. If you wish to use more skeletons, then repeat these steps.

Creating a Biped in AutoDesk MotionBuilder

You can now create animated bipeds and name them. Click on the Quick Access tool menu and select New Scene -> New All and click Ok. This will make the Create panel appear. Simply click Systems and choose Biped. Now you can drag and create your biped’s height. After reaching the desired height, go to Create Biped rollout, choose Root Name and name your biped with the desired name. Go to Tool menu, hit Select Object, and choose any bone for your biped.

Viewport Displays

You can make use the navigation tools used in AutoDesk MotionBuilder. You can drag, flow and zoom around the scene using keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+Shift, Ctrl+click or Shift+click. Apply Characterization on your biped skeleton by using the Characters option in your Asset Browser. You can find the option in Templates. Drag the Character tool to the center of your biped. You must choose Edit -> Control Rig Input in the Character Controls window if you wish to keyframe your biped. Click FK/IK method to animate your character in the Create Control Rig window. Check the Ctrl Rin In box in your Active group option. This way, your biped is ready to receive animation and you can do that by clicking the Character Controls, and then pick the skeleton’s hand effector by clicking in the viewport. Then press the T key and move the hand and body.