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Etch
05-18-2008, 02:16 PM
Does anyone know of some good tutorials for this sort of thing? The only things I can find are for setting up body rigs. I really have no idea where to start on something like this.

Any tips you guys have would be appreciated too. Thanks in advance.

SplineGod
05-18-2008, 05:00 PM
Typically you would setup several endomorphs which your facial expressions and phonemes then use morph mixer to do your lipsync.
Its possible to setup a facial rig using bones but setting up controls to orchestrate it all is a bit more complex. Heres an example of a facial bone rig using IKboost and muscle bones.
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/examples/face_rig.mov
I have several hours of video in the rigging part of my character series that covers how to setup facial expressions using endomorphs.
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/professionalcharacterseries.htm

Gary Heck
05-23-2008, 07:12 AM
Another source is desktop images character and animation series dvds. www.desktopimages.com

It is a five piece dvd package but can be purchased individually also.

Surrealist.
05-26-2008, 08:18 AM
Timothy Albee also goes into it in his book LightWave Character Animation.