Introducing Contour Rig Tools
Revolutionary spline-based rigging for Maya
“Monta The Monkey“ Test for Vintata Animation Studio, Vietnam
Powerful Rigging Tools
Contour Rig Tools’ powerful spline-based deformer creates deformation of unparallelled quality. Pull Rig Tools rigs into almost any shape—Rig Tools will produce robust, volume-aware deformation in even the most extreme poses.
Simple Workflows
Contour Rig Tools’ simple, elegant workflows greatly reduce the complexity of character rigging, saving TDs days or even weeks of work.
Real Bones, With Length and Stretch
Contour's joint chains consist of both joints and bones, separating concerns of bone length from joint translation. Keep joints and bones in a hierarchy to take advantage of Contour Bones’ built-in length and stretch, or break the hierarchy to create any rig structure you like.
Spline-Based Joint Chains
Since every Contour joint chain generates a spline, flexible rig behavior is always at your fingertips. Contour Bone CVs act as additional control points for the spline, and can be added to any bone at any time.
A swashbuckling cat deformed using Contour Rig Tools
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Unparalleled Deformation Quality

Contour's volume-aware spline deformation produces perfect bend and twist, without pinching or candy-wrappering.

The Contour deformer automatically spreads the mesh to create fair and even curvature inside and outside acute bends in the spline, even for very thick meshes, and provides high-level controls for tuning deformation. Stable twist along the spline comes for free.

Simplified Weight Painting

Each Contour joint chain generates a spline that acts as a single influence for the Contour deformer, drastically reducing the need for careful weight painting. Many limbs in a Contour character may be weighted 100% to a single influence.

When you do need to paint weights in the areas between limbs, for instance where an arm meets the body, Contour’s weight painting UI and component editor will feel familiar to anyone who has used Maya’s tools.

Integrated Constraints
Contour's constraints use the same techniques as its deformer, making it easy to drive transforms, and rig complex relationships between Contour chains.
Contour Rig Tools constraints
Improved IK and Aim Handles
Built-in IK comes with stretchy and anti-ik-pop features out of the box. Aim handles with stretch make it easy to construct cartoony rigs.
Contour Rig Tools IK system
Python API
Create, modify, and query Contour nodes using a simple Python API. The API accepts strings, pyNodes, and MObjects, making it easy to use no matter how you script Maya.
Contour Rig Tools has a Python API
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