In the first installment of a new professional training series from modo-developer Luxology, instructor Rich Hurrey teaches users the skills necessary to create production-ready animation rigs in the 501 version of the software. The modo 501 Rigging Master Course consists of 26 hours of video training housed in an interactive framework.

A modeling and character technical director at Pixar Animation Studios, Rich Hurrey gives viewers a comprehensive foundation for getting the most from modo's deep animation toolset. The course starts with solid fundamentals and progresses to tutorials that explain how to rig models with increasingly complex behaviors. Luxology says that the course is aimed for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of modo and learn valuable techniques for rigging and animation.

“My goal was to pair a series of rigging exercises that build in complexity, with in-depth descriptions of all the tools and techniques required to create them,” says Hurrey. “As people discover the power of modo's rigging tools, I hope they take this knowledge Top Gun-style to the rest of the modo community.”

The training videos are backed up by extensively searchable documentation that makes the videos keyword-searchable.  There are also chapter markers and cross-referenced links to related sections of both the training and modo's online documentation. The course also incorporates scene files, and a glossary and FAQs, with links to specific topics throughout.

Pricing and Availability

The modo 501 Rigging Master Course costs $199 (around £125), and Luxology is offering special introductory pricing of $149 (£91) for the first two weeks.