Using Mixamo Rig in Cascadeur

Warning
This page is intended for users who already have some experience with rigging in Cascadeur.
To learn the basics of creating rigs, check out our tutorials.
To learn more about rigging and rigs in general, see the Rig section of the manual.

Mixamo models (both stock and custom) use standardised skeleton that can be rigged to be used in Cascadeur.

Model Import

Start with exporting your model from Mixamo.
We recommend using either binary FBX, ASCII FBX or Collada formats. Either should work fine.

After this, import the model to Cascadeur.
To do this, select either Import FBX/DAE → Scene or Import FBX/DAE → Model from the File menu.


You should end up with something like this.

Preparing the Arms

By default, character arms in Mixamo skeleton form a straight line:

This might lead to incorrect bending in the finalized rig (see here to learn more about it).

To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to manually fold the limbs before rigging:

1. Switch to the Joint Mode.

2. Select the joints after the elbow.

3. Go to the Scene Settings panel.

4. On the Manipulators tab, enable the Fix angle parameter:

5. Set the value for Fix angle (5, for example).

6. On the Toolbar, set the Local Mode for the manipulators:

7. Use Rotate manipulator to bend the arm.

8. Do the same for the other arm.

After this, everything should be ready for rigging.

Rigging

The base of the rig can be created using Quick Rigging Tool.
However, it is recommended to then use the regular Rigging Tool for making refinements to the prototype rig.

As usual, your goal is to create sets of Prototype objects for the joints associated with your character.

Joints

Character skeleton in Mixamo is structured similarly to the one used by standard Cascadeur models, but its structure is a bit more complex, and some of the joint names are different.

The following tables list the main joints in the Cascadeur skeleton and their counterparts in Mixamo skeleton.

 Cascadeur  Mixamo
 pelvis  mixamorig:Hips
 stomach  mixamorig:Spine
 chest  mixamorig:Spine2
 neck  mixamorig:Neck
 head  mixamorig:Head
 clavicle_r  mixamorig:RightShoulder
 arm_r  mixamorig:RightArm
 forearm_r  mixamorig:RightForeArm
 hand_r  mixamorig:RightHand
 thigh_r  mixamorig:RightUpLeg
 calf_r  mixamorig:RightLeg
 foot_r  mixamorig:RightFoot
 toe_r  mixamorig:RightToeBase

If a joint has two or more counterparts in the Mixamo skeleton, we recommend rigging all of these joints with one set of prototypes. See Rigging Complex Skeletons.

Direction Controllers

Direction Controllers in elbows should face backwards for the arms to bend properly. In the case one of them faces the opposite direction:

1. Select the prototype Point Controller in the corresponding elbow.

2. In the Outliner, open the Proto union behavior tab.

3. Disable Direction_controller_is_right:

After this both controllers will be facing the right direction:

Finalizing the Rig

Once everything is set, click Create rig:

Then wait a bit, and your character should be fully rigged and ready for animation.

Animation

To add animation to a Mixamo character:

1. Select File → Import Fbx/Dae → Animation:

2. Specify the file (in FBX or Collada format) containing the animation.

After this, the animation should be imported and applied to the character.

To learn more about importing animation see here.

See Also

Import FBX/DAE

Rig

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