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Chapter 15. character studio > Biped Animation Basics

Biped Animation Basics

Characters don't just sit or stand around—they walk, run, leap, and dance. These motions can be quite hard to get right, especial for newer animators. Luckily, character studio has special features to make locomotion much easier.

Free Form and Footstep Animation

There are two types of animation you can do with Biped: Free Form animation and Footstep animation. With Free Form animation, Biped is like a completely ready-to-animate rig. Free Form animation is done with simple keys using IK (inverse kinematics) and FK (forward kinematics) and includes very powerful pivot animation on the hands and feet. You can animate the pivot point from one position to another on the extremities to easily lock the feet down to the ground plane.


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