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AnimSchool's Malcolm Rig

Learn about AnimSchool's Malcolm 2.0 rig here. Click to proceed to the Terms of Use Agreement page to download AnimSchool's famous "Malcolm 2.0" rig or the AnimSchool Picker.


AnimSchool's Malcolm is one of the most well-known 3D characters among animators. He has been used by over 15,000 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.

How to Use Malcolm 2.0

Have Questions?

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Since Malcolm is a free gift offered to the community, we can't answer emailed questions from those outside the school about the rigs.


Ask your questions at the AnimSchool Public Forums: www.animschoolforums.com

There you'll find discussions about common installation and usage problems.

And examples of Malcolm animations.

And answers about the AnimSchool Picker.




How to Install Malcolm



Malcolm v2.0 for Maya 2011

Installation Instructions:
Install AnimSchoolPicker. Follow the instructions on that page.

Proceed to the download page. Click at the bottom of that page to proceed.
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.





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Malcolm v1.09 for Maya 2009

Installation Instructions:
InstallAnimSchoolPicker. 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.





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Malcolm v1.00 for Softimage 2011

Installation Instructions

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.


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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.


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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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