A Guide to Getting Started with the Motion Library Plugin in Maya

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Last modification: 19 Mar, 2020
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  • Film & VFX
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  • Animation
  • Maya 2020
  • Mocap
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With the release of Maya 2020.1, we’ve brought Rokoko’s Motion Library into Maya as a native plugin, so you can access thousands of affordable, high-quality character animations for your Maya projects. The plugin allows you to search, preview, and purchase motion assets natively, right in Maya.  



Read on for a run-down of how it works. 
 
 

Main Features to Explore in the Motion Library 

  • Browse thousands of AAA-quality motion capture assets from the world’s top motion capture studios.  
  • Preview assets in a 3D player and see them play on different demo characters before purchasing. 
  • Buy high-quality motion assets for either $3 or $6 USD. Pricing is based on the complexity of the assets.  
  • Store and share all of your purchased animations with your teams. 
  • Get access to a collection of free demo assets, created exclusively for Maya users. 


    Import assets into your Maya scene with just one click. You can also choose to merge an animation with an existing one in the scene or import the asset as an animation clip directly. 


Install 

To get started you need Maya 2020.1 with the Motion Library plugin installed. If you already have Maya, you can upgrade to the latest version via your Autodesk Account. New to Maya? Get started by downloading a free trial or subscribing here 

 

Before you start using the Motion Library plugin, you need to create a Rokoko ID. 

 

You can use the Motion Library either as an individual user or as a member of a team. If you would like to use the service as part of a team/organization, you have to create a team to share the rights and set the billing info correctly. Read more about teams and roles on the Motion Library. 

 

To open the plugin in Maya, navigate to ‘Animation Editors’ in ‘Windows’, and select ‘Motion Library’.  

 



 

Search 

Search is the primary way to find assets in the Motion Library. Simply go to the search bar located in the center top header to start browsing assets. 


 

 

Filters & Categories 

To speed up the process, you can narrow down your search results using the following options: 

  • Sort assets by name (from A-Z), how recently it was added, and price (from low to high) 
  • Filter assets based on categories, gender, and if they are loopable or not. 








    Publishers 

    If you like the style or selection of a certain publisher, you can also browse assets based on the publishers on the platform. 





    Tile View 

    Tile view is the main, default view in the Motion Library. It gives you an overview of the 9 most relevant assets based on your search input and/or filter settings. You can always go back to the main tile view by clicking the "ML" icon in the top left corner.  

     

    When hovering over a tile, the animation will automatically start playing and you can orbit around the character by hitting "left-click + mouse move". By double-clicking you open the animation and go into full "Preview Mode".  






    Preview 

    In Preview Mode, you get a "full view" of a specific animation with a title, publisher name, and link to the publisher’s full profile. You can also see the price and more details about the animation.

    You’ll have a range of preview options, including changing playback speed, viewing asset details, and previewing the motion on different character assets at runtime speed. 




    Preview Characters
     

    When you browse the Motion Library, you see all the animations being played on Rokoko’s default character rig - "Newton". However, you can also choose to use another preview character - "Bruno". Keep an eye out for more preview characters of different styles and expressions coming soon! 




    Preview Cart 

    When you’re readyyou can add your selections directly to your cart or create a playlist in your Motion Library and go through the quick purchase flow before downloading them. All of the assets you purchase will be stored in your Rokoko account. You can find them under ‘Order Overview’ and download them as FBX files whenever you need them for a project. You can also share the assets you’ve purchased with your team.




    My Library & Team Library 

    When clicking "Team Library" or "My Library" you will see an overview of all the assets you and your team have purchased. You can download them to your local computer and import them into specific Maya scene. Note that your purchased assets belong to the team you are logged into.  






    Shortcuts and Navigation 

    In Tile View, the outline of tiles help you get a quick indication of their status: 

    • No outline: Not purchased 
    • Blue outline: In shopping cart 
    • Green outline: Purchased and ready to download 
    • Green dotted outline: Downloaded and ready to import 




      In Tile View you have the following navigation options:
       

      • Hover over the tile to see the animation play 
      • "Left-click and move mouse" on the tile to orbit 
      • Add to cart by clicking the basket icon 

      In Preview Mode you have the following navigation options: 

      • "Escape-key" to close the view 
      • "Space-key" to play/pause recording
      • "Left-key/right-key" to scrub the play-head back and forward.  

       

      Use it in Maya 

      You can use the motion assets you buy through the Motion Library plugin just like you use any other animation asset in a project. They are made to support Maya’s native HIK retargeting workflows out-of-the-box. Check out the video below for a walkthrough from start to finish using the Motion Library in Maya. 

       

       

       

       

      Note: When buying an asset from the Motion Library, you download it as an FBX file containing only the movement on the skeleton. This means that no mesh or characters are included. Some assets come with finger animation as well, which will be shown in the preview and on the tag info in the plugin. 


     

    Helpful links

    If you would like more detailed information on how to use the new Motion Library plugin and the 50 free motion assets in Maya 2020.1. Start here:

    Getting started with the Motion Library

    Getting started with HIK and custom rigs

     

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