2 Ways to Create a Movable Pivot in Maya
Here’s a rig tip about rotation pivots that can be moved and animated allowing you to easily re-position the pivot wherever you need to rotate something from and key the position to change it multiple times in an animation.
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This video gives a description of what a movable pivot is (also called animate-able pivot or dynamic pivot). I then go over two different methods for creating a pivot that you can move around to change where a node rotates from, and finally a few examples of where this might come in handy.