A somewhat overloaded term. What does it actually mean to “autorig” something? Firstly, let’s look at why one would consider autorigging for their project.
I think this will suffice as motivation for automation.
Well, a human usually has two of these along with legs, each side being identical to the other in any meaningful regard. That means that the additional time it takes to also set up the other side is of equal length to the one we just set up, meaning that what you do you’ll have to do four times to cover each limb of a character.
Put simply, rigging is a repetative task. The very many things you do for each setup are densly similar to tasks you just did or have done previously. How about a bullet list of some of the main things that automation can help you with?
This is a big one. We can cut out job in half if one side simply followed the other. Even if your characters suffers from asymmetry, such as zombies, chances are that features are still to be repeated to the other side.
Many things have been done before and works. Automation could keep you from reinventing the wheel more than once
Time well spent
Time spent repeating is time wasted and nothing hinders creativity more than that of wasted time. You’ll spend half the time performing repetative tasks and the other half thinking of ways around those tasks. Not having to worry about things already solved will allow you to focus on moving forward and make things better and faster. <div>
Ok, let’s get crackin’
Hold on there. Even though the end result is to have an intutive control rig for the animator, the way to get there is often different with each artist. Before deciding whether to automate something, it is important to understand exactly what it is you wish to automate and such information is best taken from experience. If you’re thinking “I dislike rigging and want to automate it in order to get it out of my way” you’re reading the wrong post. Once you know what to do, you must also understand it. Remember, you can’t design what you don’t understand.
Lets have a look at another video, this time the video has been sped up only two times, is half as long and contains twice as many features on four times as many limbs as the previous video.