Maya Rigs Breakdown

The Ultimate Ball Rig

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Ultimate Ball Rig: Pros and Cons: I have tested this ball rig for many years with students. It can change to several different ball types, which makes it easy to image changing mass.  the rot doesn’t move with squash, so it’s tricky to add S & S.

Pros: This is my favorite bouncing ball rig. Students seem to have trouble with S & S that doesn’t rotate with the ball’s spin, however when I gave them the bloop ball rig that does rot the S & S they still want to use this rig.

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  • Confusing Rot with Squash
  • God node is locked from keys
  • Good for learning
  • ☆☆☆☆ 4 Stars!

Pros: Basics

  • 11 different kind of ball types.
  • Toggle ball or all controls visibilities.
  • Select smooth level for render or easy animating.
  • Easy to animate with simplified and needed controls.
  • Global scale control.

Pros: Extras that mean a lot to an animator

  • GOD node is locked, so anims do not accidentally use that control.
  • Simple and easy to use which helps when teaching.

Cons: 

  • Squash and Stretch do not rotate with the spin on the ball which is confusing to newbies.

BloopBallF

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Bloop Ball Rig

  • Only one type of ball model
  • Can be confusing to newbies
  • Solid ball rig
  • ☆☆☆☆ 4 Stars!

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Bloop Ball Rig: Pros and Cons:

Rig is solid, but my students still like the Ultimate ball rig better.  I think it’s because you can change the ball type and the organization of the controls is easier to understand.

Pros:

Personally, I think this rig is easier to animate with because the S & S spin with the rotation, but my students tend to like the Ultimate Ball rig.  Both rigs are excellent for teaching the basics.

Pros: Basics

  • Toggle ball or all controls visibilities.
  • Selectsmoothlevel for render or easy animating.
  • Easy to animate with simplified and needed controls.
  • Global scale control.

Cons:

  • No change in ball types.
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