Using The Offset Parent Matrix In Maya To Lighten Rigs

Antony Ward covers the fundamentals for working with the offset parent matrix in Maya.

In Maya 2020, Autodesk added a suite of new rigging attributes and nodes. One feature is the Offset Parent Matrix which functions as an offset parent for matrix-driven transforms or operations in any 3D application!

Offset Parent Matrix lets you apply a transformation matrix to nodes before they are translated, Rotated or Scaled. This is an exciting new tool for rigging artists as it removes the need of using offset groups which bloat our rigs!

“There is so much more to them, but in this video I will go over the basics of how you can use joints with a joint chain.” For many other helpful articles that are worth checking out for rigging ideas or if one needs help understanding their limitations see these two links:
“-Antony Ward’s Rigging Series” (antCGi). This article goes into detail about different types and locations on character rigs as well making adjustments made by animators easier throughtheplasty keyframe animation system used throughoutproduction(link). Additionally there’s also.