Animating walking down the stairs?


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By AlbinosGambit - 4 Months Ago
Dear community.

I hope you could help me out with how to animate walking down the stairs?!
I am a total beginner and was recommended to start with beginner tutorials to do one project a time, for example, one about lighting, textures, camera angle, etc...
Rampa and Kai pointed me to a good Webinar tutorial that you can learn much from, one of them walking down the stairs...

Below is the link to the vide



But the problem is that the tutor doesn't finish the learning he just imports a premade walk and doesn't show us the rest of the steps.
At 19 minutes out in the video, he just imports a premade walk so I have no clue how to finish my walk down the stairs...

If anyone could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated:-)

I only hear good praise about the large community.

Thanks for your time.

By AlbinosGambit - 4 Months Ago
Hi!

Thank you very much for the suggestion, I will definitively try out your solution:-) Is this the way you use whenever you animate going up and down the stairs?

Solution 1 would be the best and easiest way, too bad it doesn't work on every character.
Solution 2 seems more complicated and I am not sure what to do with it, because I don't understand... I am a noob he he:-)

What about walking down the stair? You use the same methods?

Thanks for trying to help out, I really appreciate the community!

It would be much easier if we had a good tutorial showing this in practice, maybe you could be so kind as to make it?!

thebiz.movies (3/29/2020)
Hi AG,
Without focusing too much on the tutorial I'll give you a couple of tips from my not expert level experience.  Note, Im less interested in learning how to animate than I am in figuring out how to make a scene work for a project.

I would say that say there are two easy ways to get a character walking (there are more ways but these are simple ones).
1. Some characters have AML scripts that allow for point and click perform/move commands.  The G5 chuck character has this.  Load chuck.  Right click on chuck and select move-> walk forward and then click on the space you want chuck to walk to.  After you have done this you can replace the chuck with any other character by just drag and drop onto chuck.
2. Have the character follow a path and then use the motion puppet to create a walk animation.  

To get a character to walk up stairs the easiest way is convert the stairs into a terrain and then just walk the character up or down the stairs using a method above.   If the stairs are a complex model just use simple  cube props to simulate the steps.  Attach them together and hide the prop or make it a dummy.  Now convert to terrain.

Its not a perfect method but you can use camerawork and cuts to hide the flaws and better convey the action/story.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/f3b2681b-c26c-41f3-9683-222c.jpg



By AlbinosGambit - 4 Months Ago
Sorry Peter, an honest mistake.

If you work for RL, maybe this could be the subject of a new tutorial? I really hope so because sooner or later this is something we all would need somewhere down the line:-)
By thebiz.movies - 4 Months Ago
Hi AG,
Without focusing too much on the tutorial I'll give you a couple of tips from my not expert level experience.  Note, Im less interested in learning how to animate than I am in figuring out how to make a scene work for a project.

I would say that say there are two easy ways to get a character walking (there are more ways but these are simple ones).
1. Some characters have AML scripts that allow for point and click perform/move commands.  The G5 chuck character has this.  Load chuck.  Right click on chuck and select move-> walk forward and then click on the space you want chuck to walk to.  After you have done this you can replace the chuck with any other character by just drag and drop onto chuck.
2. Have the character follow a path and then use the motion puppet to create a walk animation.  

To get a character to walk up stairs the easiest way is convert the stairs into a terrain and then just walk the character up or down the stairs using a method above.   If the stairs are a complex model just use simple  cube props to simulate the steps.  Attach them together and hide the prop or make it a dummy.  Now convert to terrain.

Its not a perfect method but you can use camerawork and cuts to hide the flaws and better convey the action/story.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/f3b2681b-c26c-41f3-9683-222c.jpg

By Peter (RL) - 4 Months Ago
Albin - Please don't post the same question more than once. You have another post with the same question below. Just post once and wait for a reply.

https://forum.reallusion.com/439194/Animating-walking-down-the-stairs
By ultimativity - 3 Months Ago
Download free plugin Pose Manager. 
Watch Pose Manager video on product page.
Last section demonstrates animation using pose sequences.
Pose character at various stages of descending stairs.
Apply poses on timeline. (loop if necessary)
Render