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Motion : Character Animation

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Version Tutorial Name Author Comments
         

Character Animation Theory

 
Jan 2008 9.3 Animating a basic walk cycle by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server. If your new to animation and setting key frames this could be a
good quick start for you.
Nov 2005   The Art of 3D Computer Animation - Feature by Isaac Kerlow Applying the 12 principles of animation to 3D
Nov 2004 8.0 Create Actor and Motion Clip by Newtek  
July 2004   Animating Dance by RubberBug  
July 2004   Animating Reptiles by RubberBug  
July 2004   The Classic Walk  by RubberBug  
July 2004   Animation101 by Mike Brown Character Animation Theories And Principles
July 2004 General Applying the 12 Principles to 3D Computer Animation by Isaac Kerlow  
  7.5 Froggy Platt's Complete Rigging Tutorial by 3D-Palace.com A variety of free video tutorials but you will have to sign up to get a free membership first.  Then go to the tutorials section
  7.5 Animating The Inanimate, Part One by Kevin Schmitt  
  7.5 Animating The Inanimate, Part Two by Kevin Schmitt  
  7.5 Animating The Inanimate, Part Three by Kevin Schmitt  
  7.5 Animating The Inanimate, Part Four by Kevin Schmitt  
Apr 2003   HERMONI dot COM Hermoni.com Animation Workshops Online 
    Larry's Toon Institute by Larry Lauria ( 2D animating - Free online tutorials)
    Phoneme examples by Gary C. Martin  
    Mouth Shapes by Gary C. Martin  
    LipSync - Making Characters Speak by Micheal B. Comet  
    The Physics of Cartoons by Animation.org  
    Gamasutra - Features - Animating the Run Cycle by Jason Zirpolo  
    Anatomy of a Walk by George Maestri  
    Animation101 Character Animation Theories and Princilples by Mike Brown  
  GAMING Creating Character Animation Assets [11.05.99] for Game Developers by Jeff Hayes  
    Character Animation Principles and Practice by Michael B. Comet  
DOWN   Animator's Anonymous by Raf Anzovin (Mostly Hash's Animation Master)

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Bones
         
Apr 2009 9.0 Character rigging tutorials by John Picha  A collection of 32 videos on UTube
Oct 2008 9.5 Introduction to Split Bone and Merge Bones by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Bone Display Options by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Introduction to Make Joint Chain by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Creating a Piston Rig by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Creating a Reverse Foot Rig with Joints by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Introduction to the Twist option in the Bone Properties Panel by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Bone Displacement by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 IK/FK Blending by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Creating a Reverse Foot Rig with Zero Nulls by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Creating a Face Rig with Joints by William "Proton" Vaughan Source Files - This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Using a Null in a Bone Hierarchy by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Introduction to Bones and Joints by William "Proton" Vaughan This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Oct 2008 9.5 Introduction to Rigging. Rigging an Inch Worm by William "Proton" Vaughan Source Files - This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Mar 2008 8.5 BoneTools Zusammenfassung beta 1a by Michael Jabbour German
Mar 2008 8.5 IKBooster Zusammenfassung beta 1a by Michael Jabbour German
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to Bone Dynamics by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to Bone Split, Bone Connect, Bone Fuse and UnParent Bone by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Creating an eye setup for animating eyes with ease by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Driving bones using Dynamics by Cageman Videos on the Spinquad forums. A free membership may be required to download the files.
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to Edit Skelegons by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to the power of Powergons by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to the RIG format by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Creating a cartoon elbow joint by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to Bones and Character Rigging by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Building a Reverse Foot Rig by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Jan 2008 9.3 Driving bones using Dynamics by Cageman This is a link to a Spinquad discussion.  Login may be required.
Jan 2008 9.3 Using curves to create skelegons with the use of Convert Skelegons by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
May 2007   Joint Morphing by Lim Gin Horng This is a link directly to a zipped file of the tutorial.
Mar 2007 8.2 Using Maestro to auto-rig then animate your character for LightWave by Brian Pace  
Nov 2006 9.0 Rigging Tutorial - Getting Started by Newtek  
May 2006 8.0 Rigging a Quadruped by Larry Shultz This is a commercial product
Apr 2006 8.0 Complete rigging Tutorial for LW 8.x by Proton On Spinquad Forums - Go down 5 or so replies in the discussion to get the link to the tutorial.
Jan 2005 8.0 Character Rigging in LightWave 8 by Stephen Noreiga  
Dec 2005 8.5 Nicer Handles and easier control by DogBite Video on SpinQuad forums
Nov 2005   8.3 bone Tools and IK Booster by Stephan Noriega  
Oct 2005 8.0 Rigging in LightWave by Kevin Phillips  
Oct 2005 8.0 Squelette d'animation d'un personnage by Kevin Phillips French (Translation by frenchwave.org)
Sept 2005 8.3 Bone Tools by Michael Jabbour German
July 2005
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7.5 Rigging technique for twistable spine.
by Carmen Rizzolo  
July 2005
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7.5 Rigging technique for the clavicle / shoulder / upper arm area by Carmen Rizzolo  
June 2005 8.0 Bone Tools Zusammenfassung by Michael Jabbour German.  Look in the tutorials Section
April 2005 8.0 Character Rigging by Scott  
Jan 2005 8.2 8.2 IKB Ghost Option by Newtek  
Dec 2004 8.0 Video Tutorials for Thomas4D Rigging Tools by Peter Thomas  
Dec 2004 8.0 Special Project 2: Spinebot by Lost Pencil Studios A Lost Pencil Studios commercial Product (Modeling, Texturing, and Character Rigging)
Dec 2004 8.0 New L8 Bones Tools by Kurv Studios Registration Required (Free) Lots of other great tutorials!
Dec 2004 8.0 Muscle Deformations by Kurv Studios Registration Required (Free) Lots of other great tutorials!
Nov 2004 8.0 Character Rigging by Colin Larkin  
Sept 2004 8.0 Character Setup by Jean-Philippe Savariault both French and English tutorials
Sept 2004 8.0 Bone Tools Video by Larry Shultz and Kurv Studios commercial product
Sept 2004
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8.0 Bone Tools and Human Rigging by Dan Ablan 4 videos to download and watch
June 25
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8.0 LightWave [8] Smart Skinning by Mike Green  
June 2004
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8.0 3D GARAGE Samples - Bone Tools and IK Boost Videos by Dan Ablan L8 BoneTools, IK Boost and Rain using Particles - some samples from Dan's L8 Courseware
April 2004 8.0 Tutorials for SmartSkins by Christopher Lutz  
April 2004
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8.0 SmartSkinning by Michael Green SmartSkins is a plugin that is now part of L8.0
March 2004 7.5 3D Palace Video Tutorials by 3D Palace Froggyplatts complete rigging tutorial
  7.5c LightWave Character Rigging using LW75c by Peter Thomas  
DOWN 7.5 Character Rigging by Chris Olsen  
July 2003  7.5 Character Rigging by digiwonk.com Go to the tutorials section
July 2003
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7.5 Walking Heel to Toe by Jonathon West  
June 2003 7.5 Bone Setup by Carlos Reding  
  7.5 Character Rigging by simplylightwave Free but the rest of the series requires payment.
    StockMoves Motion Capture Data by StockMoves Motion Capture files for LightWave and tutorials on how to use them
  7.5 Free Character Rigs to learn from by Larry Shultz  
  7.5 Muscle Deformers by Larry Shultz Look near the bottom of the page and check out his Tutorials CD's as well
DOWN   Walk Cycle in Minutes by William Vaughan at Newtek's web site
DOWN   Constant Walk Cycle by ??? at Newtek's web site
  7.5 Character Setup by Joseph Justice Huge tutorial
    Smartskin Shoulders by Thom Bleasdale  
    LightWave 3d Bones Basics by AnimStudio  
    Muscle Bone Breakdowns by LWHub  
  5.5 Using Bones by Kray-Zee's Modelling Guide  
    Single and Multi Muscle Bone setup by the Toronto LightWave User Group  
    Rotational Limits of Human Joints by George Maestri  
    EularQuats (Gimbal Lock Explained) by Mike Brown  
    Fish Part 2 Boning and Ik by Andrew Weiler  

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IK / FK
         
May 2008 9.3 Rigging and Animating with IK Booster by Larry Shultz  
Jan 2008 9.3 Introduction to IK: Inverse Kinematics by Proton This is a direct link to a video tutorial on Newtek's FTP server.
Apr 2007 8.5 Animation workflow for LightWave 3D using IK Boost by Colin Larkin  
Mar 2007 9.0 Time Lapse Walk using IKBoost by Colin Larkin  
June 2006 8.0 BoosterLInk parts 1 - 3 by ikboost.com  
May 2006 8.0 Introduction to IKBoost by ikboost.com by ikboost.com 4 Videos and more coming
May 2006 8.0 LW_IK Vs. IKB - A Comparitive Analysis ikboost.com by ikboost.com  
May 2006 8.0 Wrist Twist and Exceeding the Limits with KF Nodes by ikboost.com  
Apr 2006 8.5 Char Anim with IK Boost  by Omeone (Colin Larkin) On Newtek discussion groups.
Sept 2005 8.3 IK Booster by Michael Jabbour German
June 2005 8.0 IKBooster Zusammenfassung by Michael Jabbour German.  Look in the tutorials Section
Aug 2004
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  Dino IK Setup by Japa  
Aug 2004
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  Character Setup by Jean-Philippe Savariault Character Setup in both English and French
June 2003
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7.5 Simple IK Chains by Joel B Fant and William Vaughan  
  7.5 IK Leg tutorial by Michael Blackbourn  
    IK in LightWave 6 by Dave Wolfe  
DOWN   IK in LightWave 6 by Captain IK  
    Advanced IK Setups by Robert Kovach  
    IKFK Blending by LWHub  
    Inverse Kinematics in Lightwave by Timothy Wilson  
    Ik using 5.6 by Captain IK  
    Inverse Kinematics by Tim Wilson  
    Using Inverse Kinematics by Kray-Zee's Modelling Guide  
DOWN   Walk Cycles for Animals by Timothy James Lundberg  
DOWN   IK Eyes by Chepe Nicoli  
    IK tutorial by Michael Blackbourn  

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Weight Maps
         
    Advanced Weight Map Tutorial Alternate methods for wieght Maps and Bones by Robert Kovach  
    Weight Map Tutorial by Robert Kovach  
DOWN   Bones and Weight Maps by Dug Stanat  
    The 100 Proof Method of WeightMaps by Skip Intro  

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EndoMorphs and Morphing
         
    Swapping Endomorphs by ToonAFish  
  7.5 Easy Eyelid Deformations by Larry Shultz Look near the bottom of the page and check out his Tutorials CD's as well
  7.5 Pose Mixer tutorial (Corrective Morphing) by Michael Blackbourn  
    Endomorphs in L6 by Jan Krejci Czech Republic ( Czech Language )
DOWN   Morph Maps and Layout Bones by Lernie Ang (also available here) - This is a zipped Tutorial
DOWN   Basic Facial Setup by Tony G.  
    Morph Gizmo Tip by Ingo  

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Miscellaneous Methods
 
Jan 2007 8.5 Poser Figures into LightWave by Nick  
Apr 2006   Applying Motion Capture by Richard J. Dixon  
Sept 2005 7.5 CharacterStudio to Lightwave Tutorial by Brent Alleyne  
Sept 2005 8.3 Character Sweating Technique by Newtek Use this simple technique to create sweat pouring down a characters face.
April 2005   Walking in Cycles by animationsnippets.com  
Feb 2005   Moving R2D2s Head by Karl Stocker  
Dec 13   Rigging Tutorials by Digiwonk 18 + video lessons
Dec 13 8.0 Free Character Rigs by Kurv Studios There is a variety of rigs to choose from. Registration Required (Free)
Dec 13 8.0 Creating a Walk Cycle by Kurv Studios Registration Required (Free) Lots of other great tutorials!
July 2004
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7.5 Rigging Eyes to Follow a Null  by John Williams  
June 12   Creating an Army of Running Bipeds by Cyril Kravtchenko  
June 2004   Character Rigging with Hoser by Mark Dunakin Look down on the page near the bottom.A Taft Collection (by Worely.com) tutorial of the plugin Hoser
April 2004 7.5 Creating a Walk Cycle by Christopher Lutz  
June 2003   Lipservice Tutorial by Rob Powers  
DOWN 7.5 Eye Blink   by Memian Kurejwowski  
    Basic Facial Setup by Tony Gilchrist  
DOWN   How to Make an Animation Deform Cage by Dylan R. McIsaac  
DOWN   Animation Basics Eyes Setup by Newtek  
DOWN   POLK eyes by Chepe Nicoli  
DOWN   Smart Skin Deformations by Joel Dryer  
    PROFESSIONAL CHARACTER SERIES by Larry Schultz (Online training - commercial product)
DOWN   7.5 SubPatch Zero by Luxology.com  
    Character Setup by Todd Grimes This is a commercial product
    Marching Army by Jim Clark  
    Sluggish Make a Slug Crawl by Mark Dunakin  
    A Twisting Forearm setup by Tom Woof  
    Assigning Mocap to your character by Rob Kovach  
    Assigning Mocap to your character by Robert Kovach  
DOWN   Walking Spider Tutorial by Zengrong, Situ  
DOWN   Walk Cycle using Messiah by James Song  
  GAMING Setup and Export a Character to Quake MD3 Format by Hays Clark  
    Talking Heads Facial Animation in The Getaway by Gavin Moore (Maya but still interesting)
    Assigning Mocap to your character by Robert Kovach  
DOWN   Proxy Objects by Deuce Using an object to "stand-in" for your final object
DOWN GAMING Game Cycle Loop by Paul Mikeulecky  
    LightWave Tutorial Stringing Your Puppet by Patrick Woods  
    Monte Cheat Sheets Character Setup for Messiah by The Pixel Farm  
    Set up a Wrist Twisting Motion by Tom Woof  
    Puppets (How to set up a Character) by Mike Brown  
    POLK eyes by Chepe Nicoli  
DOWN   Cartoon Eyes by Chepe Nicoli  
    Animation Meat!   (Not strictly LightWave but informative)
         

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