we are going to talk about 11 plugins and tools for animation in 3ds max that can aid you to create different animations styles for characters ,animals ,creatures and vihecles or anythingelse you want to animate.
11_Craft Director Studio
With this animation plug-in, you simply hook up to a model and start “driving” vehicles and aircraft through 3D environments.
turboSplines is a 3dsMax plugin for creating multiple spline wrapping animations or what is known as path deform animations in a very short time.
This tool is inspired by tools you can find in 2D animation softwares, like the Onion Layers in Flash or the Echo effect in After Effects.
Anima is the animation plugin developed specifically for architects and designers, you can also use it forgame development using a game engine. it is ideal for creating 3d animated people quickly and easily! With its artificial intelligence system, it allows 3d human characters to avoid each other, to get on and off stairs, escalators, tracks, and moving sidewalks.
MadCar is a plug-in for 3DS Max for quick rigging of wheeled vehicles and their animations by simulating the control. This plugin allows rigging vehicles with any number of wheels, and with any of their mutual arrangements including motorcycles. Any number of trailers is also supported.
InstantRig is a modular auto rigging system for 3DS Max users. It helps riggers to create flexible, animator friendly and production quality rigs in minutes.
There are more than a few scripts and rigging tools available for rigging automobiles in 3ds Max. Some offer an easy way to get wheels rotating based on the movement of the car, others will add in steering, and even others will incorporate a suspension system.
Animators toolkit is a compact suite of modular tools to rig, copy and manipulate animation in a few clicks without plug-in dependency. There is no need for extra licenses because ATK uses methods native to 3DS Max, so it can easily fit into any production pipeline.
Mixamo auto-rigger is not really a plugin for 3ds max but an online tool that you can use in order to automatically and quickly rig your 3d characters.
This is a nice 3dsmax animation plugin that has 3 different versions:
OverMorpher Mesh Space,OverMorpher Pose Space and OverMorpher World Space.
Inspired by what Pixar showed on Presto, this tool will really speed up your rigging workflow, but most of all your animation efficiency.
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