A XSI/Maya animator to Houdini - free rigs?

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Hello Houdini community!

I'm an animator/generalist who's only touched Houdini's UI a couple times and played with a few nodes to see how it would be like ICE.

However, today I would like to ask: are there any free film-grade character rigs for Houdini that animators can take and play with? I think it would be the easiest way for me to get up to speed on interacting with Houdini's UI, even though I will probably still be animating in Maya/XSI mostly. Like Malcolm for XSI/Maya, Morpheus for Maya, etc. would be really nice! I tried looking around, but couldn't find anything.

Thank you!
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hi!

You can put down the toon character rig from the Auto Rigs shelf and play with it, also there are few tutorials on rigging and animation:

Basic character workflow:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1859&Itemid=257 [sidefx.com]

quadruped rigging, provides a good overview how the rigging tools work

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=991&Itemid=258 [sidefx.com]

And finally to be amazed CHOPS:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1052&Itemid=257 [sidefx.com]

hope it helps, cheers
daniel bukovec | senior fx td | weta digital
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Hello, thank you for the response! Toon rig's design is a little…weird (O__o) but I guess I'll take him for a ride to see how his controls are like!

Thanks! I actually didn't know about the in-built quadruped autorigger so I'll have a look at that as well.
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Be patient with that rig, it is really powerful and sophisticated but difficult to understand.

Also, it is not super fast…

I would suggest to try to build your own simple FK rig to get a picture of how easy it can be… then dive into the auto rig one (toon character)

BTW, the design (of the character) is ugly as hell… we should do something about it.

;-)

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Hello, thank you for the response! Toon rig's design is a little…weird (O__o) but I guess I'll take him for a ride to see how his controls are like!

Thanks! I actually didn't know about the in-built quadruped autorigger so I'll have a look at that as well.
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