In this tutorial, you'll use a biped to animate a quadruped. You'll make a freeform animation of a beetle. You'll use IK Blend on the hands and feet with animated pivot points.
Beetle bucking like a bronco (with motion blur)
The shot is from a short video called "Lunchtime" on the World Creating Toolkit CD that ships with 3D Studio MAX. To play the entire animation choose File > View File, then double-click Wctk_max_r3/ tutorials/beetle/bugsnfrij.avi.
In this animation, one beetle hops on the back of the other, and rides him like a bucking bronco, (frames 550 to frames 730 of the movie.)
In this tutorial you'll how to do the following:
Animate a leaping quadruped with freeform animation
Use IK Blends and pivot points on the hands and feet
Use Snapshot to create extra limbs
Lesson 1: Animating a Quadruped with Freeform Animation
Lesson 2: Adding Extra Limbs