- Rig Structure
- Rig Elements
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.
A specific set of settings is available for Joints in the Outliner window.
This set of options controls how Joints and Meshes are exported to the FBX format.
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.
If this is enabled, the object is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the object is ignored during export.
Export translate animation
If this is enabled, the object's transations (changes in its coordinates) are exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, they are ignored.
Export rotate animation
If this is enabled, the object's rotations (changes in its spatial orientation) are exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, they are ignored
Export scale animation
If this is enabled, the object's scale is exported to the FBX format. Otherwise, the scale reamains constant.
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 Commands menu: