tweenMachine

The easiest way to create breakdown poses in Maya.

Say you’re creating poses for your character with stepped keys, and have created key poses on frames 1 and 10.  You want to make a breakdown pose on frame 7, but you want it to favor the first pose by 70%. The following comparison shows how this would be accomplished both with and without tweenMachine.

Manual Process tweenMachine
Select all controls on the character Select all controls on the character
Change interpolation on all keyframes to linear Left-click on frame 7 in the timeline
Left-click on frame 3 in the timeline Adjust a slider in the tweenMachine interface to -70
Middle-click on frame 7 in the timeline
Set a key
Change interpolation on all keyframes to stepped

If you’re not happy with the results, you’ve got a lot of steps to repeat if you’re doing it the manual way. With tweenMachine, you simply adjust the slider and see the results immediately.  Better still, if you’ve created a custom set that controls the entire character, you can skip the first step and save even more time.

Will tweenMachine create perfect breakdown poses? Not likely, but it will get you closer to your goal a lot faster than other methods. You spend less time with busywork and more time making actual progress.

tweenMachine window

tweenMachine has moved!

Effective February 15, 2018, all development and support of tweenMachine has been transferred to Alex Widener.  The new home for tweenMachine is:

https://github.com/alexwidener/tweenMachine