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Motion Mixer

Imagine you're animating a character in an everyday street scene. For the sake of argument, call the character Jim. Jim is walking down the street, admiring the sights, when out of the corner of his eye he notices a piece of trash on the sidewalk. He swerves to avoid the trash, then stops, backs up a step, bends down and picks it up, and then continues walking forward until he can toss the trash into a garbage can. Next, Jim spots a friend and stops to shake his hand. They start a conversation, which briefly turns intense, with both talkers waving their arms wildly in the air. Finally, Jim hails a cab and hops in.

If you've done character animation, you can imagine how much work this seemingly trivial scene might require to animate—it's quite a bit. Even after you've done the basic blocking, you'd have to spend a good deal of time fine-tuning the animation, adjusting keyframes and other settings ad infinitum until all the motions work together. But if you're using character studio, you can save yourself a lot of animation effort by exploiting the Motion Mixer feature.


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