Joints

Joint elements of a character rig (shown with the silhouette of the character)

You can view Joints (i.e. bones that make up character skeleton) in the Joint Mode.

Joints make up an essential part of the rig: they are used to deform character meshes in accordance with the positions of the elements of the rig. Each joint corresponds to a particular part of a mesh (or several meshes) that moves along with it.

Joint mode can be used for editing poses, but doing so is not advised as Point Controller mode offers more convenient means for this.

Joint Settings

A specific set of settings is available for Joints in the Outliner window.

Fbx Export

This set of options controls how Joints and Meshes are exported to the FBX format.

Rotation order

This parameter sets the rotation order used for the selected object.

When you export your animation, custom rotation order might be necessary to bypass the gimbal lock problem. This problem does not occur in Cascadeur itself because instead of Euler angles it uses quaternions for calculating rotations.

The rotation order is set using a numerical value:

  • 0 - XYZ
  • 2 - YZX
  • 4 - ZXY
  • 1 - XZY
  • 3 - YXZ
  • 5 - ZYX

Is_exported

If this is enabled, the object is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the object is ignored during export.

Is_exported_to_animation

If this is enabled, any animation data associated with the object is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the object is exported without animation.

Ignore_namespace

Enable this option to remove namespaces during export. For example, a joint named 1:forearm_l will be exported as forearm_l.

When animation is imported, the names of the objects from the FBX file are compared with the names of the scene objects without namespaces.

Creating Joints

Usually, joints are imported to Cascadeur scenes along with 3d meshes. Sometimes, however, you might need to add joints directly to the scene.

To create a joint, select Add joint from the Objects menu:

 

See Also

Manipulators

Hiding Tool

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