Finally getting a start on cleaning house for 2011/2012. I’ve boiled down my essential icons/scripts and will continue to update this post with shelf specific mels.
None of these are written by me…they’re all scripts I use on a daily basis from the kindness of other animators/tds out there who like to make our lives easier.
Until I package these up with 2009 and 2011 versions, here’s a link to the script directory with icons:? Many of these shelf icons are already mel commands, but because I do a bit of personal work on my tablet pc, I like having them at the ready.
A quick description of the ones I can’t live without.
copyTransf – A programmer friend, Danny Burbol tweaked Jeremy Cantor’s script so it will copy world space transformations ? over time. A poor man’s space switch.http://coopdesign.org/blog/
EulerFilter – a stock maya command I also use as a hotkey.
frac – a rename of del_fractional.mel – kills keys on integers. Useful for retiming
ghost and unghost selected – I tend to like the same number of frame steps so I turned them into hotkeys
1/2 speed ? – this one I haven’t released, as it’s TJ Phan’s. A quick polishing tool that toggles playback rate from real time (as much as maya does real time) to half speed.
insert keys – another mel command – [setKeyframe -insert] ? - ? useful for making sure you have whole pose keys, a workflow I prefer. The handy thing about this v. set keys is that it doesn’t change the tangency of the graph editor curve.
keyPlus and Minus – there are a ton of these out there. It’s a quick way to retime your scene or insert blank space between keys. I map these to ctrl-minus and ctrl-plus, and for stepping by 3, shift-ctrl minus and plus.
tweenMachine – Justin Barrett’s wonderful script for adding breakdowns while in stepped mode. Also playing around lately with ackSteppedTween.
? onionSkin – a little buggy, but when it works, it’s great…creates a snapshot of your scene and makes it a ghosted image plane. Great for lining stuff up or analyzing spacing.
? tangent tools – shelves for changing both keying type, and what the tangents do. Great for doing rough tangent work in the graph editor, or popping between stepped and spline, my preferred workflow.
9 – toggle xray
ctrl shift x – cut keys
alt j – toggle joints
alt-n toggle nurbs curve
ctrl shift s – insert keys
ctrl plus minus – add/remove keys