CAT Overview - Part 1 : Rigging with CAT

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In this first set of videos on the CAT subject, see how to create a character rig from scratch with all the rigging tools available in CAT.
Also learn how to use the current animation rig presets and how to create your own.

Introduction to CAT

In this first video, i cover the basics of CAT. Where it is on the interface and how to load the preset rigs that are available right after the install.

Creating the pelvis and the legs

This set of 2 videos covers how to start a new rig from scratch by creating the pelvis and the legs.

Spine and neck

See how the CAT spine can be used to quickly setup the spine and the neck of the character. Also see how you can add extra bones to the CAT rig to extend its functionality.

Arms and save preset rig

Finish the rig by adding arms, hands and fingers. Also learn how to save the rig so that it becomes a new CAT preset that you can load for any other project in the future.

Exampe: human from Mudbox

To show you the full process of creating a skeleton with CAT for a character, i exported the Mudbox human primitive and brought it to 3ds Max. In this video, you'll see how i created the skeleton for this human.

A second part to this tutorial will follow before the end of January 2009. I will then cover how to animate with the CAT tools.

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| 11 years ago
Great tutorials! I like video tutorials, I thinks it's the best way to get the hole idea accross. To be honest I had never even heard of CAT until I saw these vids. I really enjoyed it and it has helped me alot, I was wondering how to get a good bone structure for skining and this will be perfect. Thanks a heap!
| 11 years ago
I want to like CAT, but after buying it's riddled with bugs and extremely poor (non-existing) documentation.
| 11 years ago
Great Stuff Louis! ;)
| 11 years ago
really good tutorial! Is this CAT only in 3ds max DESIGN or also in 3ds max "Basic" ???
| 11 years ago
It is a subscription drop for BOTH 3ds max 2009 and 3ds max 2009 Design. And wait for the next series of videos where i'll show the CAT Motion tools... They are really cool for walk cycles and, if you do any type of visualization projetc and want to have characters walking around, there is nothing as easy as using CAT for that.
| 11 years ago
Finally some tutorials ! :) Thanks a lot ! Now we want more, a lot more, show us some animation examples, plus : Can you plant the feet ? Can you copy some arm or leg poses and paste them later on the timeline or on the other side ? Thanks again, the tool without the info is useless.
| 11 years ago
Excellent! Thank You! :)
| 11 years ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to show a novice like me what to do. Very much appreciated.
| 11 years ago
Thank you very, very much, Louis, for stepping up and filling the void, and a big thanks to Ken and everyone involved in bringing CAT on board. It's exciting to have this much animation goodness available to us, and your tutorials really help get us up and running with it.
| 11 years ago
Good tutorials jajaja its about time that autodesk see tha potencial of this product, I hope they try to take cat to the next level.
| 11 years ago
Brilliant tutorials, THANK YOU so much for taking the time and effort to make these for the community. CAT is poorly documented and I've been struggling to use it since purchasing it; your tutorials are just what I need to get my head around it. Thank you again for all your effort and I hope you will make more of these, they are excellent!
| 11 years ago
Hi Louis, Thanks for putting up these tutorials. I prefere your videos to rumaging around the Wiki. i wanted to ask about the arm setup. To start off the arms are set up with FK. I read that you can have both FK and IK though. I was wandering how to do this. Looking forward to the next set of tutorials. Many thanks.
| 11 years ago
Great stuff ! Can't wait for the next videos !
| 11 years ago
Hello Louis, this is exactly the kind of video based training for CAT I've been waiting for. Thanks for your time and making these available. Looking forward to your CAT animation tutorials also.
| 11 years ago
This is great Louis.Thank you very much. Please keep going...
| 11 years ago
Amazing... simply amazing... Too fast , too fast the rigging... Speeds up my workload by 2/3 by far. Now that AD owns CAT, they should replace their entire biped system with CAT. Just a suggestion. Thank you Louis for the tut. This definitely has helped me for my final assignment. Looking forward for more.
| 11 years ago
we need real time animation cat tutorial
| 11 years ago
Thanks a lot, Louis! Now its make sense!
| 10 years ago
the videos seem to play nicely in the beggining, but right after a couple of seconds, they stop suddenly and dont play anymore. I´ve been noticing this problem quite often in many AREA videos. Anyone help?
| 10 years ago
Great tutorial. I've been really wanting to use something better than biped and this looks like it works pretty well.
| 10 years ago
Thank you for this videos, they are great source of information!!...
| 10 years ago
Playback is fine here...it must be your browser. Make sure to update flash (go to adobe.com and install the latest version of flash plugin for your browser)
| 10 years ago
thanks a lot ................
| 10 years ago
Hello nice tutorials, thanks a lot, but i wonder if someone can do tutorials for catmuscle thanks
| 10 years ago
Great videos, thanks for posting.
i am aa bit confused about after that! if i want to perform, i more detailed skinning...i go to skin morph...or cat is capable of that?
| 10 years ago
The default human mesh from Mudbox is useless when it comes to rigging it because he is not in the T-pose. I have tried to make it work and fix the weighting under his arms but no luck.
| 10 years ago
good
| 10 years ago
Really great stuff Thanx,.. Man!!!
| 10 years ago
Very helpfull videos... thanks for posting them, looking forward to your next set, will you be doing a video on skining?
| 10 years ago
thanks great stuff, looking for your next set, and skining
| 9 years ago
thanks
| 9 years ago
Wonderfully useful videos! Are there any tricks to mirroring vertices with the Skin modifier? For the moment I'm weighting every vertex manually! I've browsed the web but I just find more people who haven't found the solution! thanks!
| 9 years ago
A follow up to my last comment: I finally found a solution that works for me, courtesy of frumoaznicul on CGTalk Forums Archive (http://forums.cgsociety.org/archive/index.php/t-236025.html)! In short, I had to reset Xform! Make sure to save Envelopes (under the skin's Advanced Parameters Rollout) if you've already been skinning! I was skinning another artists old model, it wasn't at the origin I got it, and the scene file was a little messy! So check out that link if you have problems, it really only takes a minute or two and will save you hours of weighting vertices! :) I hope this helps! -John
| 9 years ago
Noob questoion: Where can I get CAT? how much?
| 9 years ago
Very nice tutorial... thanks very much for doing it!
| 9 years ago
Shelltech83 CAT is free and fully integrated in 3ds Max 2011.
| 9 years ago
Hi, How can I animate a POSER character (rigged and skinned in POSER software) with CAT, if it's possible of course....
| 9 years ago
Excellent, excellent tutorials, this has helped me out so much! i wish there was loads more clear detailed tutorials like this! Thank You
| 9 years ago
Thanks for these great tutorials, it would e possible to download those videos?, thanks.
| 9 years ago
Great tutorial. Thanks very much, I hope to see more in the future.
| 8 years ago
Knee is broken back(to oposite way) when i change the position and the length of Ankle.
| 8 years ago
Great work, thank you so much for these tutorials!
| 8 years ago
I agree! Superb Tutorial!
| 8 years ago
Wonderful tutorial. I would love to see one detailing your skinning methodology....
| 8 years ago
Sweeeet to understand, wondeful tuts man. Ur good. This CAT is the best tool for the purpose. U save my life dude!
| 8 years ago
Great, Excellent Tutorial i had no experience before this and know i feel i know a lot. Thanks!
| 8 years ago
awesome! thank u very much!!
| 8 years ago
Thanks Man!!!
| 8 years ago
thanks dude .
| 8 years ago
sorry how can download or watch high video pls help me
| 8 years ago
Great. Now how do I make the CAT tail dynamic?, i.e. that it has some procedural secondary lag and follow-through?
| 7 years ago
???? ????????????
| 7 years ago
Great Tutorials :) thanks for this!
| 7 years ago
really thanks a lot for the tutorials
| 7 years ago
I prefer bones.
| 7 years ago
Bonjour, j'ai regardé les trois partie de CAT Overview, deux fois. Bref, clair et précis. Pas le temps de s'ennuyer. Depuis que je vous ai vue dans une présentation en 2009 (trouvé sur le net résamment), je ragarde tout vos tutoriels. Merci pour le temps précieux que vous nous donné. Pour votre information. J'utilise présentement 3ds max 2013. Dans la partie 2 (Mixing Layers with Different Transition Positions), losque l'on utilise (display layer transforn gixmo) un bug survien qui rend inutilisable les différent calque de mouvement. J'ai désinstaller Update 6 et tout est redevenu à la normal. Si ça peut être de quelque utilité. Merci encore Réjean
| 4 years ago
Great tutorial! One tip! If you double-click the first segment on a bone (like a digit) and then rotate, the bone segments will automatically "curl" (get the same rotation). Especially useful for adjusting digits.
| 4 years ago
Your explanations are superb. The basics and core knowledge is projected excellent way. I noted that this tutorials were generated in 2009. Still these tutorials are very attractive. Thank you very much.
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