Animator-friendly simulation tool for Maya
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Current version: 1.6.0Animator-friendly character-dynamics simulation tool for Maya. Works with any rig.
A script for Autodesk Maya, that can help you easily create secondary motion dynamics simulation without breaking rigs, and bake it to controls, so you can fine-tune it by hand, if needed. It is designed for animators by animator... just one animator! :)
BroDynamics is designed as an animator-side tool, which allows animators to bake simulation to controls without the need to touch the rig itself, or rig-file if you're using references.
It allows an animator without technical knowledge to apply nParticle, nHair or Bullet simulation to any rig, to simulate things like Tails, Bellies, Long Ears, Antennas, springs, falling objects, ragdolls, and a lot of other cool stuff, and bake it on controls.It can save a lot of time, replacing tedious work of keyframing these things.
For riggers and animators with technical experience it allows to save a lot of time and may make it unnecessary to embed complex and heavy simulation setup into the rig itself, which saves time and makes the rig easier to maintain and improve.
This tools it perfect for gamedev, where you need to create a lot of animations in a limited amount of time, and where there is often no time or need to create complex rigs. But it can also find it's use in any other animation environment, like movies, cartoons, and other media, because of the ease of use.
It has 3 simulation modes:
- Points (uses nParticles to simulate any number of controls, works with translations only)
- Chains\Tails (uses nHair to simulate any chain of objects. They don't even need to be in the same hierarchy, just select them in the right order)
- RBD\Ragdolls (uses Bullet to simulate rigid bodies, and offers a few tools and shortcuts, allowing you to create rbd's, constraints faster and track objects to rbds)
Dev blog and website: https://michaeldavydov.com (news will be posted there as well as on facebook)
Demo video: https://vimeo.com/171450299
1.2.0 Update Video: https://youtu.be/2Kk42xAPYDg
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BroDynamics/
Feel free to contact me if you need multiple licenses with a discount.By purchasing this tool you support further development of it, and get direct technical support from it's developer.
1. Unpack\Copy BroTools folder into any folder on your computer.
Good example would be: C:\Users\UserName\Documents\maya\MayaVersion\scripts
But any other folder should do.
2. Open Maya, and select the shelf you'd like BroDynamics button to be added to
3. Open Script editor, and drag-n-drop BroTools_setup.py file on the Python tab of it
4. Run the script. It should guide you through the setup process.
If you encounter any problems with installation, refer to the Documentation linked above. It contains updated installation instruction and additional steps!
Upgrading to newer version:
1. Open existing BroTools folder
2. Delete everything inside it
3. Extract new files into this folder
(Step 2 can be skipped, and you can just use Replace insted, but you may have some unused files left, which in some cases may causep problems)
BroDynamics is compatible with:
Tested with versions:
Earlier versions of maya are not supported.
It is recommended to use BroDynamics with DG mode, not with Parallel Evaluation.
BroDynamics EULA is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o5rwlgwqhrhcmb6/BRODYNAMICS_LICENSE.htm?dl=0
Note, that it is possible to discuss any special terms, discounts and such by contacting me directly.
Unfortunately there is no way for me block your access to the software, when you buy BroDynamics you get it's full source code, so refunds are only issued in rare cases.
Instead I offer support in form of advise, bug fixes and software improvements. So if something does not work right, tell me and I'll try to include it in the next update!
Note on Support:
If you experience any trouble with BroDynamics, feel free to reach out, I'll do my best to help you either with advice or with bug fixes.
I offer support of Maya versions listed above, with all latest Service Packs installed.
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