I made the Dinosaur-Rigs for a Documentary for ARTE Deutschland. My Job was also to setup the Crowd animation-Workflow. We had to animate dozens of Dinosaurs in a very short Timeframe and we where only two Animators. My Idea was to use the Animation-Layer system of CINEMA 4D which allowed us to mix different animations and use the same animations on several Dinos. That way we where able to quickly animate so many Animals.
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This is a Frame from the Documentary which shows a herd of Iguanon walking along the coast.
This is how the Animtor sees the Rig in the Animation Software.
Here you see the open Animation File in the 3D Software CINEMA 4D.
The Animation Timeline can get very complex on a project like this. Scene-organisation is very important.
Non Linear Animation in CINEMA 4D
Non Linear Animation (NLA) Setup to Animate huge herds of Dinosaurs. Animations can be mixed and used on different Dinosaurs.