For obvious reasons, an all-in-one
solution will always loose in this situation. However I have
a lot of plans on expanding the Smartgons technology. I want
it to be a very flexible and scalable tool, easy to use for
beginners but giving professionals full access to under-the-hood
treats in a convenient way so they can tweak rigs in any way
Smartgons expose all options to users right now but honestly,
it's more like an internal tool now and not as user friendly.
I don't expect many people to use it at this point and that's
why I plan to release them as free upgrades for ACS4 users
(beta only). Furthermore I see a lot of possibilities for
further ACS/Smartgons development that would make those tools
perfect for both beginners and seasoned riggers/animators.
As ACS4 seems to be very successful so far and I hope I'll
be able to invest enough time to make my plans reality. I
believe we all can benefit from that.”
|Click the image above
to view "Kalla" in action, utilizing ACS 4 in
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All in all, Auto Character Setup
is the ideal solution for those wishing to get their feet
wet in rigging and animation, without the immense chore of
painstakingly setting it up, as well as those more experienced
users who just don’t want to fuss with all the ins and
outs of the process. If you have an animation that you are
just dying to do, but don’t want have the patience to
sit for hours tweaking values before seeing your ideas in
motion, then ACS4 is the right tool for you.
ACS4 introductory price is $90. The package includes ACS4
plug-ins, ACS4 Contents (rigs, sample objects and scenes),
very detailed (over 130 pictures) .html manual and some bonus
tools helpful in rigging/animating process.
ACS4 can be bought through Pawel
Olas's online store.
From the Editor - Leigh van der Byl
Many thanks to Lukasz Pazara for taking the time out
of his busy schedule to answer my many questions! And also supplying
us with the great images and clips used in this article, which.
I am sure you will find very informative. I wish him the best
of luck with his future work!
Setup 4 (Official website)
Pawel Olas's online store
the ACS 4 review on CG Talk - Digital Effects Professionals
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Credits for models pictured here:
Final Edit: Tito A. Belgrave
Ninja model by William Vaughan,
Hulky and Soldier Models by Christophe Desse,
Kalla model by Piotr Rusnarczyk,
Runner pictures by Robert Sommer,
Peepe&Co pictures by Marco Pacifici & Pierre Soppelsa
Joseph picture by Radek Nowakowski,
ACS4 Character Picker by Jacobo Barreiro,
Ninja, Kalla, Soldier, Joseph rigging/animation by Lukasz