Crowd Rigid Body

A Crowd Rigid Body is a locator which can be used as a kinematic or dynamic collider in a Physics Locator.
Exemple of a Maya cube used as Rigid Body collider.


  • Golaem Shelf:
  • Golaem Menu: Crowd Rigid Body
  • MEL command: glmCrowdRigidBodyCmd;

If a DAG Object is selected when the Crowd Rigid Body is created, it will automatically use this DAG object as source of the In Transform attribute. If several objects are selected, only the first selected object is used.

When a Crowd Rigid Body is created it is automatically added as a collider to the Crowd Manager Physics Locator.


General Attributes

In Transform A Maya DAG object which gives the position / orientation / scale of the collider. If none are specified, the position / orientation /scale of the Crowd Rigid Body will be defined by its transform. Notice that only the position and the orientation of the Crowd Rigid Body can be animated (the scale value is only read at the scene initialization)
Set Initial State

This button allows to record the initial state of the Rigid Body. The initial state of the rigid body is the position/orientation at which it will be put when the simulation starts.

Even when the Rigid Body is intended to be used without a Maya object, the In Transform plug should be connected to another Maya object (at least a locator). The Rigid Body transforms won't be used directly.

Rigid Body Attributes

Simulation Type
  • Kinematic: the Crowd Rigid Body is controlled through Maya (keyframe, curve...)
  • Dynamic: the Crowd Rigid Body will react to dynamics and won't be controlled by Maya anymore. In this mode, the Crowd Rigid Body will react to other Crowd Rigid Bodies and Crowd Entities which are in any Physicalize Mode except Kinematic Rigid Body.
Use Mass Or Density / Mass / Density Mass or the density
Bounciness Bounciness coefficient
Static Friction Friction when the Rigid Body is at rest
Dynamic Friction Friction when the Rigid Body is in motion

The Simulation Type attribute can be keyframed to change the physics mode during simulation.

Shape Attributes

Note that if the Rigid Body is linked to a Mesh with the In Transform plug, these values are automatically linked to the source object properties (size if it's a polyCube, radius and height if it's a polySphere or a polyCylinder, mesh vertices if it's a mesh, and color if it's any of these)

Shape Type Collision shape type, can be Box, Sphere, Capsule, Convex Hull or Triangle Mesh.
Vertex Limit If the Shape Type is set to Convex Hull, it specifies the maximum number of vertices to use for the convex hull
Size If the Shape Type is set to Box, it specifies the length, width and height of the shape
Radius If the Shape Type is set to Sphere or Capsule, it specifies the radius of the shape
Height If the Shape Type is set to Capsule, it specifies the height of the shape
Inflate Inflate the shape

If the selected shape is set to the Triangle Mesh, the collision trigger part will work with the Convex Hull.

Physics Collision Attributes

Collision Id Id that is used by the Physics Collision triggers to filter collisions on rigid bodies
Collision Color Color that is used by the Physics Collision triggers to filter collisions on rigid bodies

The Id and Color attributes can both be keyframed to change value during simulation. The color is automatically linked to the object's material color if it exists.

Advanced Attributes

Collision ID of a Crowd Rigid Body
Use Kinematic Target When the Simulation Type is Kinematic, this change the way the Rgid Body transforms are updated in the physics world.
If checked, the collisions between the ragdoll and dynamic objects in the scene will be more accurate, but can be too strong, especially when colliding with light objects.
If not checked, collisions will be softer, but some collisions wight not react correctly with fast objects.