Rotate Mode Hotkey for Maya

A few months ago I posted this code snippet to automate switching between move axis settings in Maya. I also find myself switching between local and gimbal rotation modes a lot.. especially when working between IK/FK controllers. SO… here is some code to do that as well.┬áIt is much easier to work without opening the tools panel all the time, so I recommend saving it as a hotkey.

Again, paste this as plain text into a text editor before pasting it into Maya to avoid errors:

int $RotateAxis = `manipRotateContext -q -mode Rotate`;
if ($RotateAxis == 0 || $RotateAxis == 1) {
manipRotateContext -e -mode 2 Rotate;
print "Gimbal rotation mode has been set";
} else if ($RotateAxis == 2) {
manipRotateContext -e -mode 0 Rotate;
print "Local rotation mode has been set";

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2 comments on “Rotate Mode Hotkey for Maya
  1. ben malberg says:

    Hi David, I just wanted to say I like your work. That poet piece on your reel is hilarious. :D Congrats on the 11club, and I hope to see what you come up with next!

    Ben Malberg

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David Talloy Thomas

Greetings! I'm David Thomas, a 3D animator from the UK. Now I live and work as an animator in Paris. I'll use this blog from time to time to as a sketchbook and talk about animation or what I'm up to. Check out my showreel if you've got a minute and drop me a comment or message if you want to chat! student