What is BlendWiz?
BlendWiz is a very simple plug-in for Autodesk Mudbox 2014 to automate the create of layer sets to help streamline the workflow for Blendshape based animation. Whereas a usual workflow when dealing with many blendshapes is to have a layer in Mudbox for every Blendshape required, creating these can be a time consuming task when 70 or even hundreds of layers are needed.
BlendWiz is a simple one click solution that creates all layers in a single click. It ships with presets for FACs based facial animation, a preset for Preston Blair phonemes and support for the a workflow based on the application FaceShift. It also allows users to add a custom preset of layers that they require. However ALL presets can be changed and tweaked as needed in your pipeline.
All changes can be made while Mudbox is running without the need to restart Mudbox. BlendWiz creates all the layers you require in less than a second on most machines, and can save both time creating them by hand and also guarantee that all layers created comply to the same naming conventions across different models, artist and even departments if need be.
If used either alongside MudWalker or Mudbox own implimentation this then provides a very fast workflow to automaticaly create th Blendshape layers, correclty name and alos export and set up as blendshapes / morphs in your host app.