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Maya animations to MDDs in modo

David Stripinis, a 3D expert and avid modo user, has worked with James Cameron on Avatar, and more recently at Double Negative. Back in 2006 David wrote a script called which allowed users to import animations from Maya into modo, as a mesh with MDD file. This was a freely available plug-in and unfortunately, after complaints from the community about it not being fully supported, David gave up and discontinued any further work on it

Fortunately for me, during my 3D animation subject I managed to download modomotion only a few days before he shut down the modomotion website. Needless to say modomotion was a godsend for me regardless of any of its perceived flaws.

For more details, you can read more here.

To install modomotion;
    • Make sure you have python installed (All Mac's have python installed by default)
    • Place the Maya Shelf script under > user > Library > Preferences > Autodesk > maya > 2011-64 > prefs > shelves > shelf_modomotion3.mel
    • Place the script in your modo scripts folder
    • Load the shelf
To run in Maya
    Open animation .ma file Click Tag/Group Click Export and wait until it completely renders (safe to walk away and let it run)
To run in modo
> System > Run Script >
 or manually...
    Open your .lxo file, Right Click on the mesh item > Add Deformer > Influences > MDD Influence  

Select the .mdd file that was generated by modomotion... voila!

Author  David Stripinis
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