Monday, 15 June 2015

Introducing The Shaththan Rig

Shaththan Rig
Here at Bucks we're always on the lookout for great creature rigs that are capable of producing a full range of facial expressions so that our students can study creature animation and get an excellent performance. One rig that has been giving us good results is the free Shaththan Rig, created by the very talented Revanth Ravi, and now available - free for student use - at Creative Crash.

Where can I find the Shaththan Rig?
You can download the Shaththan Rig rig for free here at Creative Crash.

How does it work?
And to see how the rig works (always an essential first step) watch this video:

Does it have bugs?
Of course! All rigs have bugs. For example, don't add keyframes to the jaw control, as this will break the rig!  Instead, go to Display/Show All/ and this will reveal a facial control interface which allows you to keyframe the all the facial controls - including the jaw.

Can I use Shaththnan for commercial use?
Technically, yes. The license for Shaththnan is simply given as "freeware", so it's free to use for any purpose, including commercial use.  But, it's generally wise to check with its creator first before trying any kind of commercial application. We recommend using Shaththnan for training purposes, to create great creature animation for your demo reel.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn aboutmotion capture at Bucks.

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