Keyframe Media Player
This is a media player made for animators. I’ve been using it for quite a while and it has become a super useful tool in my workflow. This is mainly because it has:
I use the bookmarks function constantly. It’s great because it allows me to pick the key poses I like in the video reference and then have the ability to step through them using hotkeys (which are sensibly set). Along with this I hear that there is Maya timeline integration on the way which sounds like something I would definitely be interested in using.
For the full list of features and to keep this brief, check it out and it may just change your life. A little bit.
A good friend and colleague of mine has created a super useful set of scripts and tools to save you loads of time and generally make animating easier.
For full instructions on how to get it visit Tom's website here.
Studio library is a free python script for manage poses and transferring animation in Maya, and it's awesome. It has become an integral part of my workflow and I don't think I could manage without it.
Visit the Studio Library website for more information.
I find it invaluable to have a number of great books to refer to when feeling a bit stuck or lacking inspiration. Along with books there's also a great wealth of information and inspiration to be found on the internet. Below is a growing list of books and websites that I often refer to.
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
― Robert Greene, Mastery
This blog curates a lot of great content that covers a wide area in art, animation and film. They update regularly and is a great way to find inspiration from many sources.
A great way to keep up to date with general animation industry news.
A community and forum frequented by animators of all skill levels. Sharpen your animation skills with their monthly contest, or dive into the forums to discuss work in progress and general animation topics.
I find Vimeo to be a great source of inspiration as it hosts a lot of content created by professional artists and film makers. Every day my feed is full of awesome demo reels, short films and all the other things that are liked and shared by some of the talented people I follow.