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bhGhost: Creating Animation Outlines with Onion Skinning/Ghosting Tool for Maya

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Date Added: 31st October 2012
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This is an animation tool I wrote for Maya, which provides a different approach to ghosting/onion-skinning in 3D.

I was watching a recording of a live lecture with Jason Ryan (Dreamworks/iAnimate) when a student asked him if he used ghosting when animating in 3D. He mentioned a couple of reasons why he usually doesn't, even though he uses the Lightbox feature all the time when animating in 2D. I realized I feel the same way about any 3D ghosting solutions I've tried. One problem is that they usually slow the scene down, and another is that they are not that easy to see in the viewport, usually being a faded version of the mesh or a wireframe of it that doesn't read very clearly.

Then the penny dropped for me - 2D animators don't see the fully shaded character in the Lightbox when animating, they see only the lines they've drawn, so the spacing is a lot easier to see. So I set about writing a tool that will give an outline of the character rather than a fully shaded one when ghosted. It's also a little different in that the animator just ghosts specific frames rather than having something heavy that's constantly updating in the scene; for my workflow, at least, this is preferable.

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Lisar on Wed, 12 November 2014 5:00pm
hi I am unsure of how to install the script? How do i get it to show up in the plug-ins settings within maya 2015 thanks
Brian Horgan on Tue, 18 December 2012 2:14pm
Just to say guys, I've made an updated version of this tool now, you'll find that here -
Brian Horgan on Sun, 25 November 2012 1:10am
Many thanks! Glad you find it useful.
VirtualRealist on Tue, 13 November 2012 9:42pm
this is awesome tool Brian! I love your work.
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