Animator Friendly Rigging is one of the top training tools available to learn the ins and outs of creating character rigs that your animators will enjoy working with.

Based on the same principles that animators use when animating, these tools will teach you not just how to create one particular type of rig, but they will help you develop a systematic and creative approach to solve almost any rigging problem.

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This 8 chapter series (broken into 4 parts) helps teach the rigger to look at a problem, get reference, analyze it, try some ideas, generate a toolkit of techniques, and apply them in a way that will make their animators more productive and creative.

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You can also purchase the entire bundle with all the training materials at once for a nice discount!


 

114 Responses to Animator Friendly Rigging

  1. Camilo says:

    Hi Jason I am an animator and always I have to built my own rigs,for commercial I use the TSM but now I am interested in built one with your rigging products, for hipper realistic rig with muscle system winch one do you recommend to me? the Animator friendly rigging ones or the creature and fast rigging?

    Cheers

    • Jason schleifer says:

      Hiya!

      My DVDs don’t cover any skinning material.. They are focussed on creating animation controls that are intuitive and fun to use. If you are interested in learning about muscle tools definitely check out some of the other rigging tools out there. :)

      • Camilo says:

        Hi Jason, thanks for your answer, I am still interested in your tutorials especially in those fast rigging, I know that the faster option is the TSM but I would like to built my own rig as fast as is possible.

        Cheers!

  2. joey says:

    hey jason, i just bought your entire bundle,
    the only problem is I cant download part 1 and 2a the links both say file unavailable :( please help!!!!

    joey

  3. Ciccio says:

    Hey Jason,
    in the preview clip I saw a video where you make a walk cycle with the character you rig, but i can’t find it anymore. I was sure it was inside the AFR bunble but there isn’t.
    Can you help me ?

    Thanks

  4. Natalie says:

    Hi Jason,

    I read about you in Tina O’Hailey’s book, Hybrid Animation. I also browsed your website and wanted to sincerely congratulate you on all your achievements – I’d like to be as good as you someday. I just wanted to ask you if the twos.mel script is available anywhere for download, as I’m working on a 2D/3D reel and it would help me very much in going through these tutorials found in the book.

    Thanks very much,
    Nat

  5. Ashley says:

    Hi Jason,

    I just wanted to know that whether your tutorial includes high end rigging of character? Like
    FK IK automated switching. I have brought many tutorials in the past but none inlude that. Can you guide me with the same.

    Thanks
    Ashley

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  8. John Losacco says:

    Hey Jason, would these be beneficial for animating with video game rigs? Our rigs are much more simple and usually have a very simple facial control system,. Eyes and jaw mainly.

    Thanks in advance,
    -John

    • jason says:

      Hi John!

      Yes, many of the concepts will work fine. You will have to adapt the rig to suit your particular game system.. but the concepts of what types of controls you use and why you create them are system agnostic. :)

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  10. miccetro says:

    hey Jason, I’m having a weird problem with the ik stretch for the hand, when i run the create ik stretch script or do it manually with mel the joints scale unpredictably and the joints get really stretched, it kinda looks like the problem stems from the low arm(elbow) joint but not sure, help please the is the first glitch I’ve had so far and the series have been magnificent by way. Wow! what a series.

  11. Hi Jason, Im trying to purchase the whole bundle and have my discount code from Brad at rigging dojo, but at the checkout when I put it in the coupon press update, it seems to accept it but the price dosent change ? can you let me know why so I can purchase.
    many thanks

  12. hey Jason i bought the whole bundle i still have some that i didn’t download can you tell me how can i get them the purchase was made in name of jihad Boustany
    i’m clicking on the link that was e mailed to me and i get “download not available”
    please let me know how i can get them all my credit card detail can be provided

  13. AdeelMaya says:

    hi Jason,
    i need to learn ik/fk snapping, Space Switching do your DVDS cover this? i just need to learn these two techniques specially so i need to buy the whole bundle :) .
    waiting to hear from you
    thanks

    • jason says:

      Hiya!

      yep, part 3 covers this! :)

      enjoy!
      -jason

      • adeelmaya says:

        an other question,
        are you planning to make more new DVDs for sharing more knowledge of yours as a TD, rigger, mel etc etc that would be great to see your new more dvds which should be very very knowledgeable.
        have a nice day jason
        i will let you know if i get any problem with purchasing hope you don’t mind :) .
        thanks
        Adeel

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  15. Hi Jason, I’m sorry if you’ve answered this already, I can’t find it. Would your course be appropriate for someone who is brand new to rigging and wants to learn? Or should we have some basic knowledge of the process beforehand?

    Thanks!

    • Jason schleifer says:

      It is helpful to have some basic knowledge before starting this course, but I believe it is basic enough for true beginners to get some value from it :)

      Thanks!

  16. Derek says:

    Jason can the scripts that you provide with this bundle be used for commercial projects?
    can i create a character with your rigging techniques and scripts and sell it for profit?

    • Jason schleifer says:

      Thanks for the question!

      You are welcome to use the scripts and techniques to build rigs that you can use for commercial products, but you can not repackage the scripts and sell them themselves. So in other words.. Selling scripts =no, selling rigs =yes.

      :)

  17. DiDeM says:

    Hi Jason,
    I’m an AM alumni, and saw the AM discount we could use. Is it also applied to the bundle? Didnt see where to enter the discount code though
    Didem ^_^

    • jason says:

      Hiya!

      you enter the discount code after you enter your name, address, etc. you’ll see a list of what you’re about to order, and then a field next to the text “Update Coupon”. Enter the coupon code there!

      cheers!

      • Jordan Stillman says:

        Hello Jason My name is Jordan Stillman of course you already know that since its above this comment in bold; anyway I am a college student at Emporia State University, and I am doing an assignment for my Comp 1 class and we have to interview someone basically anyone that is close to what were interested in. And one of art teachers at the art department suggested that I would interview you since I do love animation, especially 2d animation, and pretty soon I actually want animate and make my own movie someday.

  18. Heather Merrill says:

    Hi Jason,
    Just bought your whole bundle and I am learning alot
    However I cannot seem to get the extra shelf buttons to load
    I managed to get access to Part 2 buttons ( with icons) but not 3 (haven’t tried part 4)yet
    I followed the Readme regarding where to paste everything but they don’t seem appear

    I know your lessons are not about skinning but I was wondering how that works when the joints are not in a hierarchy – do you do it for each joint- and with the torso – is the skinning to the IK or FK joint chain?

  19. Heather Merrill says:

    Hey Jason
    My shelves seem to be working – woo hoo!
    Still wondering about about the skinning
    Heather

  20. Heather Merrill says:

    Hi Jason everytime I run js_matchObj; command I get the Error: Cannot find procedure “js_getAttachedObjects” I was wondering if this was a script that was missing or just me
    Thanks
    Heather

  21. jinlikelly01 says:

    hi Jason
    Your tutorials helped me a lot about analyse problems,i’m using maya 2009and 202,but your DVD provide scripts was for maya8.0 and i solved this problem(which i thouht i was progressing :) ),and i meet a problem which i think i can’t solve,which is I can’t find the script for connect selected for aoto rotate ~hope you can help me …(i bought hole series,,,and i still can’t find )

  22. jinlikelly01 says:

    emmm…i tried to connected the control curves’ rotation to the ball’s..i figured out two ways:1.i thought i could use connection controls..but the ball’s traslate and rotate attributes has been constrained 2.i thought mayabe constrain can do so ..figuered out the same reason…3.maybe set driven key can be ok..but the rotation is auto and it’s has been constrained….what if i parented the ball to the curve at first…..

  23. Eric Siawan says:

    Hai Jason, i want to buy the learning, but first i want to know this tutorial use wich version of maya??
    and the method is not to old right??
    any python scripting teach in this learning ??
    for being character TD i need to learn just python or MEL too, ini this day ?

    Thanks.

  24. Jordan Stillman says:

    Hello Jason My name is Jordan Stillman of course you already know that since its above this comment in bold; anyway I am a college student at Emporia State University, and I am doing an assignment for my Comp 1 class and we have to interview someone basically anyone that is close to what were interested in. And one of art teachers at the art department suggested that I would interview you since I do love animation, especially 2d animation, and pretty soon I actually want animate and make my own movie someday. I just don’t know if you got my message yet.

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  29. Jengy says:

    Is this set good for people looking for simple but powerful video game rigging info?

  30. Javid Vaza says:

    Hi Jason
    I am Javid from India,I just want to know about your DVD,,,In that including Skinning Materials Or MEL and Python Scripting Information?
    Actually I will surely purchase your whole part(Bundle)…but am confused about skinning and scripting part in you DVD..
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  31. Ishaq says:

    Hey Jason I am big fan of yours and you are great source of inspiration for me I saw Animation Friendly Rigging its great source of learning . I am using maya 2012 i try to use your AFM mel scripts but it isnt working there it has some error working in maya 2012 can you plz hel me thanks

    cheers

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