use digicam instead of video cam for reference
- no need for recoding resizing importing
use tools that can draw over video and save only your drawings out as an image sequence
- bauhaus mirage - flipbook by koshigaya
grease pencil tool by jason schleifer for drawing in maya
blocking all poses out in the beginning - so not timing the poses
whole shot has 10 keyposes - you have all those poses on the first 10 frames
timing those poses out and setting interpolation to "step tangents"
going from stepped to copied pairs
(having all keys interpolation on linear - hold the keyposes for certain ammount of frames with a 2nd copy of that pose)
color coding the important poses in the timeline with the special key tick color function
1 Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Colors > Animation.
2 Choose a Time Slider Tick Special color and click Save.
3 In the Graph Editor, select the keyframe(s) you want drawn in the Time Slider Tick Special color.
4 In the Command Line or Script Editor, enter the
keyframeMEL command with the
-tickDrawSpecial(-tds)flag as follows:
keyframe -tds on
The keyframes you selected and set the -tds flag for are now drawn with Time Slider Tick Special color in the Time Slider.
use tween machine by justin barret to help creating rough inbetweens
then make them nicer
make a lot of inbetweens - put overlap and follow through into inbetweens
break up the spine and head and arms and hands in the inbetweens
every 4th frame a pose - every 2nd frame a pose
then go to spline
use video software that allows drawing frame by frame over the playblast/capture
like flipbook by koshigaya or mirage or tvpaint or fcheck(rightclick draws in WIN(not osx))
to give yourself feedback on your animation
doing that in 2d instead of in the 3d app helps a lot and drawing it on the video even more
there is also a tool calles AnimTools by dimos that has a couple of nice features mentioned here all in one package
but its not free like the ones i mentioned
other softwares like xsi or 3d studio max may have the same tools
i know for a fact that xsi has the grease pencil tool and the tweenmachine - just google them