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Revision 13
Last Update 2018-02-17
License MIT

Description

Temporarily bake animation to locators in world (or custom) space. Use this tool to preserve the worldspace position of animation when you need to make positional changes to an object’s parent.

Installation

Copy this file into your maya scripts directory, for example:

C:/Documents and Settings/user/My Documents/maya/scripts/ml_worldBake.py

Run the tool in a python shell or shelf button by importing the module, and then calling the primary function:

import ml_worldBake
ml_worldBake.ui()

Usage

Run the tool, select the objects, then press the “To Locators” button. When you’re ready to bake back, select the locators and press the “From Locators” button. Checking “Bake on Ones” will bake every frame, otherwise the keytimes will be derived from the original animation.

Installation

Copy this file into your maya scripts directory, for example: C:/Documents and Settings/user/My Documents/maya/scripts/ml_worldBake.py Run the tool in a python shell or shelf button by importing the module, and then calling the primary function: import ml_worldBake ml_worldBake.ui()

Ui

[Bake Selection To Locators] : Bake selected object to locators specified space. [Bake Selected Locators Back To Objects] : Bake from selected locators back to their source objects. [Bake Selected] : Bake from the first selected object directly to the second. [Bake Selected With Offset] : Bake from the first selected object directly to the second, maintaining offset.

Requirements

This script requires the ml_utilities module, which can be downloaded here: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/morganloomis/ml_tools/master/ml_utilities.py

UI Options

Bake selected object to locators specified space. Right-click to create a shelf or hotkey
Bake from selected locators back to their source objects. Right-click to create a shelf or hotkey
Bake from the first selected object directly to the second. Right-click to create a shelf or hotkey
Bake from the first selected object directly to the second, maintaining offset. Right-click to create a shelf or hotkey

Revision History

Revision Date Note
1   First publish
6   Updated to use ml_utilities. Changed from direct constraint to constrained duplicate node.
7 2011-05-13 fixed a bug with transferring certain types of tangents.
8 2011-05-14 fixed error baking things with transforms locked or hidden
9 2012-06-13 fixing duplicate name bug, adding more error checking.
10 2012-11-15 Converting UI to tabs, adding camera and explicit options.
11 2014-03-01 adding category
12 2015-05-14 Baking broken out and moved to ml_utilities
13 2018-02-17 Updating license to MIT.