Malcolm 2.0 Rig

The Standard for Flexible, Expressive Rigs

Learn about AnimSchool Malcolm Rig on this page
AnimSchool's Malcolm is one of the most well-known 3D characters among animators.
AnimSchool's famous "Malcolm 2.0" rig!
He has been used by over 35,000 animators worldwide.
Malcolm has been used to win several animation contests, in notable animation shorts, and commercials. He is widely considered to have one of the most flexible and expressive face rigs available.
Malcolm is a very complex, feature-quality rig, so not suitable for those just starting to learn animation. New students of animation should consider applying to be an AnimSchool student.
Have Questions?
Since Malcolm is a free gift offered to the community, we can't answer emailed questions from those outside the school about the tools or rigs.
Ask your questions at the AnimSchool Public Forums: www.animschoolforums.com
There you'll find discussions about common installation and usage problems. As well as examples of Malcolm animations.
How to Install Malcolm
REVIEW THIS PAGE, THEN PROCEED TO THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Malcolm v2.0 for Maya 2011
Install AnimSchool Picker. Follow the instructions on that page.
Unzip malcolm_v200.zip (or the current filename)
Reference the file malcolm_v200.ma:
Place the malcolm_v200.ma file in a known location. File>Create Reference. Point it to the malcolm_v200.ma file
NOTE: If you notice any performance problem, it may be a Maya file reference problem. If so, we recommend importing the reference. This breaks the connection with the character souce file (and you can no longer easily update the character file). We have heard some users experience a problem with referenced files, where the scene has difficulty loading or becomes slow.
To import the reference, open the Reference Editor and do File>Import Objects From Reference.
Open AnimSchoolPicker to select the controls and switch outfits and hairstyles.
Malcolm v1.09 for Maya 2009
Install AnimSchool Picker. Follow the instructions on that page.
Unzip malcolm_v100Maya2009.zip (or the current filename)
Reference the file malcolm.ma:
Place the malcolm.ma file in a known location. File>Create Reference. Point it to the malcolm.ma file
NOTE: If you notice any performance problem, it may be a Maya file reference problem. If so, we recommend importing the reference. This breaks the connection with the character souce file (and you can no longer easily update the character file). We have heard some users experience a problem with referenced files, where the scene has difficulty loading or becomes slow.
To import the reference, open the Reference Editor and do File>Import Objects From Reference.
Open AnimSchoolPicker to select the controls and switch outfits and hairstyles.
Malcolm v1.00 for Softimage 2011
Unzip the file, and put these files into the Synoptic folder of your project:
malcolmSyntoptic.html
malcolmSynoptic.jpg
malcolmSynopic_h.jpg
Put this file into the Pictures folder: MalcolmSkin1.jpg
Put this file into your Models folder: malcolm_v098.emdl
Use "Import Model" or "Import Referenced Model" and select the .emdl
The character loads.
Hit F3 to open the Synoptic (selection GUI)
Malcolm Mods (user-made modifications)
NOTE: The following files are made by users and are not supported by AnimSchool. They may not be fully tested. For support or questions, visit www.animschoolforums.com and post your question in the mods section.
Female Malcolm Mod v1.00 for Maya 2011
by Josh Sobel
Unzip malcolmFemaleJoshSobel_v100Maya2011.zip (or the current filename)Follow the instructions for Malcolm above.Note: In the viewport, use Shading>Hardware Texturing to the see the face coloring.
This file was made by users and is not supported by AnimSchool. For support or questions, visit www.animschoolforums.com and post your question in the mods section.
Female Malcolm Mod v1.00 for Softimage 2012
by Will Sharkey
Unzip malcolmFemaleWillSharkey_v100Softimage2012.zip (or the current filename)Follow the instructions for Malcolm above.
This file was made by users and is not supported by AnimSchool. For support or questions, visit www.animschoolforums.com and post your question in the mods section.
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