Free Weights Smoothing Tool for Maya
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Those animations look amazing!! Great job!

Very cool review of the making of Spellbreak. Would be even more cool to see some videos inside UE4 showing how they do a few very specific things unique to them.

This was so helpful for me. I'm hoping to adapt your tutorial to pull off something similar comparing modern satellite imagery with historical maps. No topo, so my steps should be simpler, but I'm a novice with Blender and you've really helped. Thanks!

Free Weights Smoothing Tool for Maya
23 December, 2018

Brave Rabbit’s Ingo Clemens decided to update some of his tools and make them open source. One of the tools is brSmoothWeights that replaces the former smoothSkinClusterWeight tool. 

brSmoothWeights is said to be completely rewritten. The tool comes with its own paint tool which provides a better performance throughout. Adjusting the size and strength is said to reflect the behavior of the default Maya sculpt tools. The artist states the tool is now multi-threaded and with large speed improvements. “A new selection mode streamlines fast vertex selection without having to switch tools. Use this to constrain the smoothing to a certain area or to keep the vertices from being smoothed. A valuable addition is the smoothing depth option,” wrote the developer. You can smooth the front and back side of the mesh without having to rotate the model. Also, the smoothing can be applied to posed meshes with overlapping geometry.

“By default brSmoothWeights smoothes across shell boundaries to maintain the integrity of the mesh when deformed. This feature takes away a bit of the overall smoothing performance but shouldn’t be noticeable with regular meshes. If you are working with high-resolution single-shell meshes it’s still possible to disable this option to improve the speed.”

What is more, the new volume-based smoothing lets users smooth across several discontinuous shells whereas the default smoothing is surface-based. 

You can learn more and get the tool here

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