So I've painted some weights in Maya. When I smooth the mesh it usually normalizes the weights and screws everything up. So I lock the weights and smooth, which distributes the weights properly when smoothed. But when I export the mesh, it exports the unsmoothed lowpoly version. So when I delete the non-deformer history and export, it normalizes the weights again.
How do I get the smooth mesh exported with properly distributed not-normalized weights ?
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I dont know about Maya but 3ds max has an utility that lets you export your weight to skin object (which is an edit poly modifer, so its not rigged but it has the skinning information). You can remove the rig from your orginal model, smooth it, apply edit poly. Do the same to the skin object. After that you apply a skin modifier to your new high poly model and import the skin from the skin object (skin object and rig have to be in same place). It's in skin utilities.
I wondered if maya lets you do the same, copying weights from one mesh to another with the option to declare which bones from the source skin gets matched to which bone from the target skin. It is important for my workflow and if maya doesnt support this I can't really switch to it, even though I want to.
You're weight PAINTING them, the amount of points on the mesh doesn't really make it take any longer, in fact you can achieve nicer weight painted deforms because of the higher res base.
No, you absolutely do not. You don't need to do that in Maya, the functions the paint-weights tool provides for you cover everything you need to get good weighting. Move a joint and continue painting the areas that aren't deforming how you like until they do deform proper, then snap back to static pose. There's a mode to smooth weights out as well with the brush.