This time I thought we’d take a look at the Daz3D products for animating your CG characters.
As the name suggests AniMate is geared to helping you create movement for your Daz3D characters.
You can also choose from many blocked animation options that will make the task of moving your characters around a lot easier.
A couple of these are the aniMate Belly Dancer for V4 (here: http://www.daz3d.com/animate-belly-dancing-for-v4) and aniMate at the park, which you can find here:
There are also aniBlock sample packs, such as the one shown here, which you can find here: http://www.daz3d.com/animate-aniblock-sampler.
The description from the website, “This is a promotional sample of the currently available aniBlock content packs. These aniBlocks come from the Walk Construction Kit, Gestures 1, Dance Club Moves 1 and Transitions: Sits 1 packs.”
On the Daz3D site you will find aniMate Mastery2 (Part 1 of 2: http://www.daz3d.com/animate2-mastery-part-1), which costs US$39.95. You will be guided through all the steps you need to make an animation using Daz3D
Note from the aniMate page: “The aniMate2 plug-in is included with the DAZ Studio 4 installer and is installed automatically, but is not activated until you enter a valid serial number for it.”
Source image: http://www.daz3d.com/animate2-mastery-part-1
MovieMaker for Daz Studio
MovieMaker gives you pre-rendered backgrounds with camera, lighting and shadow matching.
The Director’s Pack includes seven backgrounds with a total of 202 high resolution 360 degree panoramic backgrounds, shown here, which costs US$34.97, and you can find it here: http://www.daz3d.com/movie-maker-director-bundle
Source image: http://www.daz3d.com/movie-maker-director-bundle
There is also the Hollywood Producer pack, which includes 14 background packs, a total of 457 high-resolution pre-rendered 360-degree panoramic backgrounds.
For an overview of how to use MovieMaker, watch this video on YouTube:
Finally, don’t forget that you also need to create some expression in the face and movement with the hair so that the moving figure you have created gets to look as though they are enjoying themselves, or not!
Anyway, here is a short tutorial from Brian Loukatos on how to make a character nod and wink using Daz Studion http://youtu.be/4Qhgh5ocr7w.
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