Free Walk For Rigify

by Alexandre Mulek in Addons

Free Walk is an addon that helps you to create controllable walk animations for bipeds.

You probably know many ways to import animations for your character. However, what sets Free Walk apart is that it is a step-by-step walk generator. The advantage of this system is that it allows you to adjust the bones at each step before generating the next keyframes. This makes it easier to create a walk on an uneven ground, for example, or make the character avoid objects, go up a slope or go down a curb.

Depending on your needs, Free Walk could be the right tool to generate walks, free from walk cycle and imported animations.

Here is a walk produced with Free Walk. In the example below, the character needed to change the direction to avoid obstacles. This was easily done by rotating the Empty. Note that the addon does the heavy lifting, but you may need to use your skills to make final adjustments. After using Free Walk, the Motion Paths tool, available in Blender, can help with the manual adjustments.

The timelapse below was animated in 68 minutes (Free Walk + final adjustments):

I created this addon to help me with my animations because at times I felt limited using walk cycle. Often, the script requires the character to walk along a route interacting with the scenery, and I needed a tool to help me.

  • for bipeds;
  • two types of walk;
  • walk freely without the root;
  • function to re-center the root at the end;
  • Free Walk works with Rigify version 0.6.5 or later.

  • how to use:
Dev Fund Contributor
Published 6 months ago
Blender Version 4.0, 3.6, 3.5, 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, 3.1
Extension Type Legacy Add-on
License GPL
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