AML Templates – the Grab it Low Operate Dummy in iClone3.1

Use AML Templates for a solution to interacting with ANY 3D Object

Use AML Templates for a solution to interacting with ANY 3D Object

Hey iCloners, have you ever wished for an easier way to interact with props in iClone? You know, say, have a 3D Warehouse model or other outside 3D asset react with your avatars the same way that they work with iProps now? (see Online Beta Index – iProps for more info.) Well, with AML Templates your wish is iClones command. Today’s tip takes a look at AML Templates, and first I must point out that they come in two default forms, Functional and Operational. Here’s the difference, Functional Dummies help to execute actions like “Saying Hello” or “Punching someone in the Face,” while Operational Dummies are more for object interactions such as “Sit Here” and “Grab it Low,” that usually have more to do with prop and object interaction.  When you link an object to an Operational Dummy that object then shares the abilities or Operations that the Operational Dummy has. For this example I took a simple AXE weapon prop and had an avatar from the Evil Forces content pack pick it up from a static starting position using the Grab it Low Operation Dummy. Follow the steps below to set up any AML template for use with a prop or watch the high-speed video example provided and the bottom of the post.

  • Load an Avatar into the scene
  • Go to the Set tab
  • Select the Props button
  • Load a Prop you wish to have the character interact with
  • Click the Template tab
  • Locate the AML Template folder
  • Click the Grab it Low template
  • Use the Rotate and Move tools to Align the Helper Node under the Billboard object
  • Double Click the Prop ( in this example the AXE ) to activate it
  • Right Click the Prop to activate the shader menu and choose the Link – Link To option
  • Click the Grab it Low Billboard to link the Prop to the AML Template ( notice a bounding box will flash to indicate a successful link )
  • Right Click the Grab it Low Billboard and then select the Operate – Pick Low option to assign the action to the character
  • Adjust the placement of the Grab it Low Billboard to properly align to the characters hand using the Rotate and Move tools
  • Click Play to review the new AML Template character interaction animation
  • Return to the start of the project and then with the Grab it Low Billboard selected, in the Modify panel under the Display section, select the OFF button

AML Templatesthe Grab it Low Operate Dummy and other defaults are going to make animating your next project a lot easier than your last. When you begin to consider the tons of options you have for character and prop interaction when you implement  these templates, you will see that almost anything is possible. Use these AML Templates along with other features such as Link and UnLink to accomplish some truly innovative and spectacular results, wheither it’s in your next battle scene or virtual news cast or most any other scenario where a prop or two is involved, try for yourself and you will see the power of AML Templates. Below is a small example of how to quickly place and link an object to a Grab it Low Operate Dummy along with a render of this method in action in a short scene. Enjoy!


12 Responses to “AML Templates – the Grab it Low Operate Dummy in iClone3.1”

  1. 1 Geoff
    December 21, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Thanks you James for yet another invaluable step by step guide. Your work certainly opens up the use of Iclone features for those of us that need that extra “helping hand”. The fact that you write down the method in simple understandable stages is very much appreciated. It does mean I can follow at my own pace however slow that may be. I`m always delighted with the results you help me to achieve.
    best wishes and thanks again

    • December 24, 2008 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Geoff,

      With it being December and on the brink of the New Year, I have been very busy over the last few weeks. But thanks for the wonderful compliment and look forward to tons of tips coming out in rapid fashion after Jan. 1st. Keep reading them and I will keep writing them for you all. Happy Holidays!

  2. December 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    You mindreader! This is just what I was trying to figure out last night. Thanks!

    • December 24, 2008 at 9:35 am

      I must have been tuned into the Dulci frequency or something. AML Templates are SUPER cool and help a bunch when used right and polished a little. I won’t lie, to make it perfect it takes a bit of extra tweaking, but the time you save in Right Click animation is worth the key frame clean up. Can’t wait to see what your up to and have a Happy Holiday.

  3. 5 ljupce
    June 28, 2009 at 12:51 am

    wher I found AML templates

    • August 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      Hello Ljupce,

      Thanks for taking an interest in iClone Certified Training, and I do apologize for the late reply. The AML templates are located under the SET – PROPS tabs in the left hand side of the Content Manager. Scroll down until you see them and then look inside the folder for the various AML template helper options. Thanks again for taking an interest in iClone Certified Training.

  4. 7 mathi
    June 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you very very much !

  5. 9 Marck
    July 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    How can you grab one another and maybe wrestle or choke or drag another dummy???? I need to perform a fight scene!

    • August 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      Hello Marck,

      Thanks for taking an interest in iClone Certified Training, and I do apologize for the late reply. To perform tasks such as drag or choke and lift, it is easily accomplished using both the Motion Layer Track on the Timeline in conjunction with the Edit Motion Layer control panel. These features allow you to pose and animate poses of the character in the scene and then when used with the Link and Unlink features you should be able to achieve this sort of dynamic animation between two characters. For further details on character motion animation please feel free to take advantage of one-on-one iClone Certified Training courses. Thanks again.

  6. 11 Mark
    August 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Is there anyone for hire to do storyboarding scenes for my film???

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