Auto-Rig Pro

by Artell in Scripts and Addons

Need to rig characters quickly while aiming for feature film quality ?
As a professional animator and a Blender head generalist/coder, I'm glad to share this addon first developped for my personal use to offer a proven workflow to animators and riggers, for movie production and providing Unity and Unreal Engine support.

Wonder what you can do with it?  Rig features demo


Before rating it: If you encounter any bugs please report it. Sometime a new Blender version makes something buggy, or some special cases may be hard to predict, we're just humans! So please report it, and be assured you'll receive support/bugfix quickly. Updates are free and will remain free. Thanks for your understanding. Also make sure to read the FAQ and the documentation below.


Getting Started with Auto-Rig Pro:

Youtube Channel - Documentation - Frequently Asked Questions

Prerequisite: If possible, use water-tight geometry for best auto-skinning results. Knowing the bases of Blender's skinning tools, weight painting, to fine tweak the bones influences is recommended. 

Due to recent API changes, Blender 2.78c is required, 2.79 is recommended.


Rig fast with the Smart feature


Position the reference bones so that they match your character proportions. To speed up this process, the smart tool will automatically try to find the body parts locations for you (bipeds only so far). Then, edit the result if needed  (if your character is not a biped/ or for more accuracy), eventually place the facial bones and other extra limbs, and generate the final rig. Based on a non-destructive workflow, the armature remains easily editable anytime after the generation. Check the product documentation and the youtube channel for more informations.

Plays fast, 25fps on these characters (using standard hardware): Anna, Kevin


Modular

Customize the rig definition in a few clicks: fingers, toes amount, spine bones, tail, breasts, ears, duplicate or remove limbs to rig spiders, centaurs, or whatever!

Video tutorial, rig a centaur with the multi-limb feature: Centaur Rig

The picker panel dynamically updates, so you can select any bone from the separate panel easily.



Intuitive tool to edit the bone shapes, with automatic mirror:

 


Customizable UI: fully editable layout, buttons positions, colors, background pictures...





Remap

The Remap feature allows retargetting of any armature action to another one, with different bone names and bone orientations, supporting imported .bvh/.fbx armatures for example. Define the source armature, the target armature, and the animation will retarget according to the bones names matches and bones original orientation.

It support IK feet, hands for accurate motion tracking, and an interactive offset tool to remap to different characters proportions.

Video: Remapper demo

Additionally, to animate over a motion capture action on an additive layer, check the additive keyer addon (free)! 



Game Engine Export

Auto-Rig Pro allows export to FBX format via a dedicated module, to proven engines such as Unity or Unreal Engine, and probably others not yet tested. Shape keys are transferred as well. 

Three export types: Universal to export a simplified bones hierarchy for any creature, Humanoid for bipeds only, with options for easy retargetting and root motion, and Generic to export the deforming bones and the non-deforming ones if they are parent of the deforming bones.

  • Twist bones included in option
  • Unit conversion to initialize the scale transforms to 1.0
  • Unreal Mannequin bones hierarchy and naming
  • Full facial, and advanced bones such as tweak bones
  • Actions baked on the simplified rig
  • Selective action export



Bring your poses to the next level!

The additive weights controllers offer a unique control over the pose. Located all along the limbs, they've been developed using an innovative system to operate on a second layer of deformation, for fine pose sculpting, cartoon effects, bending, stretching, etc. 

Just use them instead of corrective shape keys, or as a complement. Below a typical leg bent before and after tweaking the secondary controllers.



Tell Me More!

Extensive list of what the addon has to offer:

  • Automatic bone placement solver based on mesh recognition for bipeds characters
  • Edit Reference Bones feature to modify the rig anytime you want. No need to redo everything if a bone is not where you want it to be.
  • Modular: only use what you need. Choose the number of fingers, toes, add optional tail, ears, breasts. Duplicate or remove limbs to rig multi-peds creatures.
  • Fingers auto-rotation option: bend when scaling the first phalange
  • Easy controller shape edition
  • A clear, customizable bone picker
  • Quick color customization
  • Fully cartoon compliant: Stretchy spine, legs, arms...
  • IK-FK snap with autokey working, and snaps properly when unlocking all the leg/forearm rotation axis
  • IK-FK controllers auto hide
  • Hybrid IK pole / IK arrow vector
  • Knees and elbows pinning
  • Head rotation locked or free
  • Bend all fingers in one click (fingers grasp), or rotate fingers phalanges from scale (optional)
  • IK/FK eyes
  • Auto-eyelid rotation
  • Multiple Child-Of constraints support for the IK hands and feet to change their parent space any time (e.g. if the character is driving a car, hands on the wheel, then grab the car door)
  • Complete set of secondary controllers for fine pose sculpt
  • Advanced facial setup with automated placement
  • Improved skinning based on Blender's heatmaps. Auto-splitting of multiple elements
  • Shape keys drivers creation tool
  • Game engines support, FBX: Unity - Unreal Engine, Generic, Humanoid and Universal rig type
  • Bone remapper to retarget any armature action to another one, with different bone names and bone orientations. BVH, FBX files compliant - Mixamo animations, with IK support
  • Compliant with X-Muscle System for realistic muscles simulation
  • By buying this addon you support my work and the Blender foundation, its developers financially. A part of each sale is donated to them. It's worth a big thank you from the open source community, helping Blender remaining free and accessible for everyone! And obviously you ensure the funds for this addon next new features, bugfix. I'm making my best to constantly improve the beast, based on users requests and my own ideas. Have quick look at the release log below. You receive a notification when the addon is updated, and download it for free.

 

 

Updates:

Make sure to uninstall the current addon before installing the new one and restart blender.


----[3.27]----

New/improved:

  • Game Engine Export: New "Universal" type next to "Generic" and "Humanoid", to export a simplified bones hierarchy for any creatures (biped, quadrupeds, any peds...)

    Fixed:
  • Internal fbx export weirdness: exporting lips bones in Humanoid could lead to strange rotation. Fixed by adding unnoticeable noise displacement to make the bones not perfectly vertical.
  • Restricted the drivers deletion to the duplicated fingers when removing the fingers from a duplicated arm.
  • Reverting the Push Bone operation after exporting could be incorrect for the scale transform.



----[3.26c]----

New/improved:

  • New controller to orient the IK chains, as an option instead of the IK poles controller: c_thigh_ik, c_arm_ik. Pressing RR (two times R key) key is recommended to rotate it easily. Compliant with the Update Armature button for instant update of old rigs.
  • You don't need the picker panel? Just get rid of it! Removing the whole picker bones and objects is now allowed (delete all children of the "rig_ui" object). Does not break the rig edition anymore. Note: the picker can't be re-generated after deletion for now.
  • New picker shapes for the finger base bone (circle)
  • Rig functions code refactored for clarity
  • Hand twist rotation improved
  • The eye target controllers have a better shape scale


Game Engine Export:

  • Support for multiple character per file when exporting to FBX.
  • New option to export only actions named with a defined word, e.g. to export only the selected character's actions. E.g. if the defined word is "bob_", the action named "bob_walk" is exported, but "john_walk" is not exported

Fixed:

  • x100 units for Unity did not apply
  • Mac error
  • Export FBX with hidden meshes lead to an error
  • Smart tool was re-enabling the pinky finger when Skip Fingers
  • Disabled Deform for the new IK controllers picker bones
  • The skull bones may be not properly positionned when Facial is disabled
  • Better eye targets distance from the head


----[3.25b]----

New/improved:


  • Auto-Rig: New option "Init Scale" to initialize the armature scale after Match to Rig.


Game Engine Export:

  • The panel interface has been redesigned and moved to File > Export > Auto-Rig Pro FBX, for simpler usage. There were too many buttons, confusing the export workflow. Now they're hidden when possible, also making clear wich parameters are available for Unity or for Unreal.
  • New option to export the humanoid bones with similar orientations to the Unreal Mannequin, ("Mannequin Axes" checkbox): the Skeleton can now be defined directly as the Mannequin skeleton when importing in Unreal. Requires 4 spine bones.
  • New option "Export Humanoid Actions Only" to export only the humanoid actions with names starting with "h_" after clicking "Bake All Actions".
  • Baking all actions now deletes/overwrites previous baked ones if any.
  • When setting/exporting the humanoid armature, it now initializes the armatures scale to 1.0 in order to prevent scale issues.
  • Remap: Added an Unreal Mannequin preset


Fixed:

  • Some custom shapes were not linked in the scene, causing issue with the Mirror Shapes tool
  • Make sure the bottom lips weights are transferred to the jaw weights when exporting without Full Facial
  • Fixed some bones protected layers for character linking



----[1.0]----

 Auto Rig Pro Release!

 

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Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 5 from 23 ratings by the community.

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    Blue Driver 12 months ago

    This add-on simplifies the cumbersome rigging process. It's not as foolproof as Mixamo, yet, but offers much more flexibility and customization.

    Customer support is excellent, questions are answered swift and thoroughly. Well worth it's price tag.

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      artell 12 months ago

      Thanks Blue Driver!

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    tarava777 12 months ago

    There is a bug and it does not work properly. I will be forced to quit so it is very troubling.
    on Blender2.78a Windows 64Bit

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      artell 12 months ago

      Before rating it: if you encounter any bugs please report it. Sometime a new Blender version makes something unstable and buggy, or some special cases may be hard to predict, we're just humans! So please report it, and be assured i'll do my best it to fix it quickly. Updates are free and will remain free. Thanks for your understanding and happy blending :-)

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    rickytv 12 months ago

    Love it, been looking for a rig that is this easy to use. Mostly made mine from scratch before. A little rough on the edges and the documentation vids are decent, but the rig is really good in quality. the updates are pretty frequent and hope it keeps on coming.

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      artell 12 months ago

      Thanks rickytv! The updates won't stop... I don't know if you use the Remap (motion capture/ any rig retargetting) tool but I've found a way to automatize the axis orientation and order part wich currently take a few minutes and may be tricky to do. If everything goes well, it will be instant and easy.

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    Gary 12 months ago

    Awesome addon! Simple to use and such a time saver. Also, if you have any questions, the customer support is top notch. Highly recommended!

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      artell 12 months ago

      Thank you Gary!

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    papasmurf7777 11 months ago

    Great addon! time saver

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      artell 10 months ago

      Thanks for rating papasmurf7777, hope it will be useful to you.

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    dd2009 10 months ago

    Great stuff, well worth the money. saving me bags of time. documentation is ok but did get stuck sometimes. but Artell was there to help me through it.

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      artell 10 months ago

      Thanks dd2009 , glad everything works fine now.

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    simonjames247 8 months ago

    I can't imagine how I will work without this addon. It is time-saver in my opinion.

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      artell 7 months ago

      Thank you!

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    Frank Mees 7 months ago

    Great addon!

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      artell 4 months ago

      Thank you!

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    Ali 8 months ago

    Thanks for this cool add-on. Saves lots of my time.

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      artell 7 months ago

      Thanks Ali!

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    haroldyk 7 months ago

    Good add on!
    How to use multiple rigs in one blender file?

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      artell 7 months ago

      Thanks for your feedback haroldyk! When rigging a character, it's better to use one character per blender file. Then merge them into another file by appending all of the objects from this character file(File>Append). Unfortunately Blender 2.78c is buggy on this side and crash when appending, and after many trials there's nothing I can do to prevent this. Hopefully they fixed it in the latest blender build wich you can download here: https://builder.blender.org/download/ So it should be fixed in the next release too, Blender 2.79. For further assistance feel free to send a message bly clicking under the red lifebelt 'Create Message' on the right.

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    Larry3d 4 months ago

    I'm glad to give five stars. This purchase was worth it.

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      artell 3 months ago

      Thanks larry, very appreciated.

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    Coverop 4 months ago

    This addon does the job. Sometimes It might be confusing but... It's much faster than setting up everything from scratch.

    The flexibility that this addon gives is outstanding.

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      artell 4 months ago

      Thanks Coverop, that's appreciated :-)

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    Takayosky 4 months ago

    Hello Artell

    I started experimenting with the autorig.
    And I discovered that whereas there is head lock function, I can not find where is arm(leg) lock function.
    I need to turn off rotation inheritance from torso to FK arm and legs. Is there a function switch on/ off rotation inheritance?
    I can't animate with rotation inheritance turned on. (need to counter animate and can't keep good arc)
    Please let me now where I can find the switch. Please add it if there is none cuz I want to use this autorig.

    Best
    John

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      artell 4 months ago

      Hello Takayovsky, you could have sent a support message instead of rating to discuss it in a better way, only one reply is allowed there. You can simply select the c_arm_fk controller and turn off Inherit Rotation in the bone panel: https://i.stack.imgur.com/DTHFH.png

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    purpleshine 4 months ago

    Fantastic product, also for mocap and very great support (one of the best I had). Would rate it 6 starts if I could.

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      artell 3 months ago

      Thank you!

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    Latheesh V M 4 months ago

    A 1000$ worth plugin!! Awesome updates. Customer service is one of a kind A++++++. Thank you, Lucas for making Blender better !!

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      artell 3 months ago

      thanks Latheesh!

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    retas 3 months ago

    I bought Complete Version.
    but It wasn't as satisfying as I thought.
    If there are Rigify, then it's enough I think.

    Now that I have paid, I want more advantage. such as automation into bone, such as many driver for grip.

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      artell 3 months ago

      Gasp! When you buy a car, the vendor gives you a full list of the car features, you can even choose its color. Then after buying, would you say to the vendor the car is bad because now you want it blue instead of red, and want new features in it?

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    Claudio Malagrino 2 months ago

    This is a great investment! Auto-Rig Pro is getting better every version! It was hard to get it at first, but with the help of the latest videos I could make it work at its best!

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      artell 2 months ago

      Thank you Claudio! Doing my best to keep it cool :-) I hope you'll enjoy.

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    anna-draws-things 2 months ago

    This is a beautiful and intuitive rigging mechanism with so much flexibility I could hardly believe it. I absolutely love it, and I can't wait to see what the future holds. My only issues are a couple tiny tweaks that would make it easier to understand or use, specifically;

    -When I try to tweak the weight painting on certain bones I can't find them/pick the wrong ones, which is a long and tedious fix. Granted, there isn't ever going to be an easy solution to this. I would suggest making a quick "how to" on selecting correct bones/modifiers for people who don't have very much experience in the area. (not like a weight painting tutorial or anything, but just a clarification on how to really get in there to the bones you want to find/what bones could be affecting what part of the mesh. Heck, there might already be a video about this and I just haven't found it.)
    -No T-pose support (which could be a bug?) More of a "time is money" pipeline issue. For those of us who like to use Adobe Fuse or happen to have more complex meshes that have asymmetrical components, it's a fiddly and time-consuming process to go through and retool everything, especially with deadlines. You could change the pose in a program like Mixamo, but this will usually destroy your mesh topology. I'm sure it's being looked at, so for now, I am happy to just tweak stuff.

    These issues are minor, and really don't get in the way of my appreciation for this awesome addon. It's completely worth the money. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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      artell 2 months ago

      Hey Anna, thanks a lot for the feedback. About weight painting, I advise you to display only the bottom last layer of the armature (31) to display the deforming bones. Thus you can pick the bones and select the associated bone automatically. You can force the rest pose to T-pose by posing your character in T-pose, apply the armature modifiers of the meshes objects, and in pose mode, hit Ctrl-A to apply the pose as the rest pose. But be aware the reference bones position haven't changed, so if you click Match to Rig again it will go back to the original rest pose. Feel free to send a support message to chat about it :)

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    biblesinger 2 months ago

    Keeps getting better and better. 5 stars for always keeping it up to date and adding new features. Few do that anymore. Thanks again!

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      artell 2 months ago

      Thank you!

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    dantus about 1 month ago

    Fantastic product overall!
    I could not wrap my head around all the details, but wanted to make sure that I am not forgetting to review this product. Even without that, there is a lot for that price which works very well for the use cases I tried out so far.

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      artell about 1 month ago

      Very much appreciated, thanks dantus!

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    tytiki 21 days ago

    Bought specifically for the UE4 export. The addon works flawlessly and the remap function is super useful. Also, the customer support would be worth another five stars. Thanks again.

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      artell 21 days ago

      Thanks for taking time to write this review tytiki, good luck with your projects!

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    Nick6 20 days ago

    This is my first buy of a blender addon, i really impresed, great tool!

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      artell 20 days ago

      Thanks for this appreciation Nick6!

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    dhphyffer 7 days ago

    When learning this addon for Unreal Engine (or any game engine), familiarizing yourself with Blender's animation system and UE's import will greatly help to streamline your animation. Also, Read The Docs - take notes on it, and your problems will be reduced SIGNIFICANTLY.

    With persistence, I am getting a smooth animation pipeline to UE4 with facial animation. The reason why I gave this 5 stars - is because not only do I have a stable workflow now, but the Author Artell keeps this addon updated with bug fixes and new features that makes this addon worth more than advertised.

    Do yourself a favor, get the full version. Read the docs, and have fun. This is such an important addon to have if you want to animate characters within Blender and your game engine of choice.

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      artell 6 days ago

      Many thanks for this review, best of luck in your projects!

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