Force

A Force Behavior (beForce) is a Behavior which can be used to apply an impulse or a constant force to an Entity.
A Force Behavior in the Behavior Editor

Example of a simple explosion created by a Force Behavior (using impulse)

To use a Force Behavior, the physics mode of the bones should have been switched to Dynamic Rigid Body with a Physicalize Behavior.

Creation

  • Behavior Editor / Behavior Library:
  • Golaem Menu: Crowd Behaviors / Behaviors / CrowdBeForce Node
  • MEL command: glmCrowdBeForceCmd;

Configuration

A Force Behavior defines the following specific attributes. For common attributes see Behavior Common Attributes.

Force Mode Attributes

Force Mode

Select the force mode:

  • Impulse: when a Force Behavior starts (and only when it starts, not continously), an impulse can be applied to the Entity.
  • Constant Force: can be used to define a constant force applied to the Entity

Force Direction Attributes

Those parameters configure either the impulse or the constant force (defined in the Force Mode)

Direction

Direction of the force (in world coordinates)

Character Relative Direction of the force (relatively to the root of the character, in character local coordinates, the character facing the X Axis)
Direction Locator Locator defining an force direction (from the locator to the root of the character)
Direction PP Name Name of the vector per-particle field of the relative particle system, containing the force direction (in world coordinates) (for more explanation about how to use ppAttributes, see ppAttributes Handling)
Direction Noise Amount of random to be added to the computed direction. E.g with a Direction set to (1, 1, 1) and Direction Noise set to (0, 1, 2), the computed direction will be in the  (1, [0..2], [-1..3]) range

Note that it is possible to use all these directions together, the final computed direction being the sum of them.

Force Magnitude Attributes


 
Note that the force magnitude can be positive (e.g. repulsion from the direction locator) or negative (e.g. attraction toward the direction locator)
Magnitude Magnitude of the force (in m/s for the Impulse mode / in newton for the Constant Force mode)
Magnitude Locator Locator used as a reference point for distance related attributes (see below)
Min Distance Minimum distance between the locator and the character for the force to be applied (in maya units)
Max Distance Maximum distance between the locator  and character for the force to be applied (in maya units)
Magnitude at Min Distance Magnitude of force (in m/s for the Impulse mode / in newton for the Constant Force mode) at the minimum distance between locator and character (it then grows linearly until Magnitude at Max Distance) (see example below)
Magnitude at Max Distance see above
Magnitude PP Name Name of the float per-particle field of the relative particle system, containing the magnitude of the force (in m/s for the Impulse mode / in newton for the Constant Force mode) (for more explanation about how to use ppAttributes, see ppAttributes Handling)
Magnitude Noise Amount of random to be added to the computed force. amount of random to be added to the computed force. E.g with a Magnitude set to 1 and Magnitude Noise set to 2, the computed magnitude value will be in the [-1 ; 1 ] range.


Influence of the Magnitude at Min Distance & Max Distance

Note that it is possible to use all magnitude modes and noise together, the final computed magnitude being the sum of them.

Per Bone Force Magnitude Attributes

Those parameters can be used to change the force applied on each bone.

Bone Magnitude Force

Determines if the force applied on a bone is dependant to its mass (1.0) or constant for each bone independently from its mass (0.)

Bone Magn. Multiplier Min

Minimum multiplier value (different for each bone) to apply to the force

Bone Magn. Multiplier Max

Maximum multiplier value (different for each bone) to apply to the force

Body Mask Attributes

By default, the physics simulation will be computed on the entire body (meaning all joints for which physicalized have been checked when exporting the Character file, see Body Physics Properties). However these physicalized joints list can be filtered by the body mask to compute physics simulation only on specified channels.

Pelvis

if checked, physics simulation is activated on the Entity Pelvis.

Note that this body part should checked if you want to drive the global position/orientation of the Entity with physics

Spines List of the spines affected by the behavior. You may specify any spine name as seen in the Motion Mapping Panel of the Character Maker.
Star ( * ) wildcard is authorized at begin or/and end of names (i.e. spine*, *spine, etc.).
Separate the channels names by coma ( , ), leading and trailing spaces will be ignored.
Use the * wild card to use all limbs.
Names are NOT case sentitive (compared as lowercase).
Limb Channels List of the limbs channels to play on the entity. Use the  button to open a window with the name of all the available Limbs for the Character Files loaded in the scene. Those names can also be found in the Motion Mapping Panel of the Character Maker.
Star ( * ) wildcard is authorized at the beginning or/and end of names (i.e. left*, *arm, etc.).
Separate the channel names by comma ( , ), leading and trailing spaces will be ignored.
Use the * wild card to use all limbs.
Names are NOT case sensitive (compared as lowercase).
Effector Channels

List of the effectors ​channels to play on the entity. Use the  button to open a window with the name of all the available Effectors for the Character Files loaded in the scene. Those names can also be found in the Motion Mapping Panel of the Character Maker.
Star ( * ) wildcard is authorized at the beginning or/and end of names (i.e. left*, *arm, etc.).
Separate the channel names by comma ( , ), leading and trailing spaces will be ignored.
Use the * wild card to use all effectors.
If an effector channel is selected, the corresponding limb channel is automatically added also.
Names are NOT case sensitive (compared as lowercase).

Visual Feedback Attributes

Defines the Force Behavior Visual Feedback displayed in the Crowd Visual Feedback and inside the viewport. For common Visual Feedback attributes see Behavior Common Attributes.

Notice that these attributes can also be configured in the Crowd Visual Feedback

Display Attributes of a Force Behavior
 
The Force Behavior provides a way to display the Min Distance and Max Distance from the Magnitude Locator.
Magnitude

Enable or disable the magnitude. See capture below.

3d Magnitude Enable or disable the 3d Magnitude. See Capture below.
Color

Color of the locator

Transparency

Transparency of the locator

Display of a Force Behavior (magnitude and 3d magnitude modes)