Blender Skeleton (Armature) Mirroring

Software:
Blender 2.8

To mirror a skeleton (Armature) in Blender:

  1. Create bones for one side of the rig and name them with “.L” for Left or “.R” for right.
  2. Select all the bones on that side.
  3. In Armature Edit Mode choose:
    Armature > Symmetrize

Blender will create mirrored copies of all the bones with respect to the Armature origin and flip their names to names ending with the opposite side.

  • When editing properly symmetrized bones,
    The X-Axis Mirror tool option will simultaneously update both sides of the Armature to maintain symmetry.

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Blender – Bake NLA animation

Software:
Blender 2.79

When you wish to bake your NLA animation mix into one Action,
The Bake option in the Animation tab will not work.
The way to do this is to:

  1. Select the object in Object Mode.
  2. Press Space and type ‘bake
  3. Choose Nla: Bake Action
  4. In the Bake dialog, select Pose, deselect Only Selected, and press OK.
  5. After the process, the Armature will have a new action that is the baked animation.

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Basic animation constraints in Maya

Software:
Maya 2018

To setup basic animation constraints in Maya:

  1. Select one or more target objects, and lastly the object to be constrained.
  2. In the Rigging Tab/Toolbar click the wanted constraint.
  3. Optional:
    In the channel box, highlight the constraint and set target objects weights.

Setting up a Point Constraint:

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Setting up an Orientation Constraint:

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Setting up an Aim Constraint:

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