Python Scripting for MotionBuilder Artists

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Published on: May 29, 2012

So I’ve finally updated, modernized, and re-released the ancient, seminal introduction to python scripting for MotionBuilder. I spent quite a bit of time re-formatting it in iBooks Author and released it on the iBooks store here:

Python Scripting for MotionBuilder Artists - Jason Parks

and UK store:
Python Scripting for MotionBuilder Artists - Jason Parks

and Canada store:
Python Scripting for MotionBuilder Artists - Jason Parks

New features include:

  • Member function updates for MotionBuilder 2012
  • ‘Interactive Images’ of scripts with annotated code
  • Complete glossary of terms, classes, and member functions used
  • Links to online documentation
  • New, easier to read formatting
  • Organized Table Of Contents for quick access to sections
  • Portrait view for faster scrolling

It’s pretty old but still a good basic guide to ramp you up when you need to dive back into pyfbsdk. I’m releasing it for special price for first month: $10. I’ll probably double it to $20 after the initial blast, that’s still a decent deal considering I had it on for $40. Corporate usual pays for this stuff anyway if you’re working at a company.

There are links in the book to the source materials which are basically on this site here:

Give it a review if you like it, email me if you don’t. 😉


For those you do not have iPads or are in markets that the iBookStore does not serve, all I can offer you is the original 2007 MasterClass pdf. This is because the iBooks Author software EULA prohibits me from selling the book generated with the software in any other way. It took awhile to format the book in Author and I do not want to reformat it again for ePub distribution.

So at least you can get the bulk of the information in this document even if it’s a little out of date. You can get it HERE or the Downloads section. The iBook version is $20, so you can make a donation for this version if you think it is valuable:

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  1. Matt Rennie says:

    Hi Jason,

    I’ve just asked our corporate purchaser here to get me a copy of this, but she says that apparently it’s not available on the UK I book store. Do you have plans for releasing it here?



  2. mandy says:

    Is it possible to release it for Canada iBookstore as well? Would really like to get a copy…thanks

  3. Rob says:

    Any plans to make this available to buy in a format that doesn’t require an iPad? Maybe just as a pdf? I’d really like to get a copy of this but not enought to buy a new piece of hardware…

    • jason says:

      Not now. Someday, I’ll screw with pushing to generic ePub/Android.

      • jason says:

        Looks like .pdf is a much easier option. iBooks Author does not allow me to publish this book authored in this software to other formats. Hence the free/donate option of the .pdf at the bottom of this post now.

  4. Walim says:

    How long it will release on Chinese store,really want to see,many thanks

    • jason says:

      Seems as if Chinese territory is not available for iBooks. I’m looking into publishing to other formats.

      • jason says:

        No telling when Apple will publish iBooks to Chinese territory and ePub format is too much work to reformat. So you have old .pdf option available now at the bottom of this post.

  5. Paul says:

    Hi Jason,

    I see you keep saying there is a .pdf option with donate option at the bottom of posts but I’m not seeing any links to anything.
    I’m sorry but I must be going blind. I’d like to get a copy and I’d gladly donate for it if it means I don’t need iTunes.

  6. Vig says:

    Hi, I’m a great fan of your book. It really helped me pick up Python quickly as I deal with Mobu daily. My only peeve is that I don’t see the point in publishing a book about Motionbuilder, on a platform that isn’t supported by the software. It means we have to use 2 devices while trying out the examples. Mobu has no plans as yet to move to Mac. But thanks anyway.

    • jason says:

      Yeah, it really sucks not being able to use MoBu on Mac anymore. But I don’t really consider iOS and OSX the same really. The only reason I published in iBook form was because I thought it was a reasonable eBook publishing mechanism. I’m not even sure how to read iBooks on a Mac. I thought you’d just have it on your iPad next to you. But I guess you can’t copy and paste the examples from that.

      You can always download the materials from here for copy and pasting.

  7. Vig says:

    Hi, would you be making the iBook available in the Singapore store.

  8. jason says:

    Vig. Sorry. That Apple does not make Singapore territory available for me to release to.

  9. Kelly says:

    Can this be made available for iphone in addition to ipads?

  10. Johan says:

    Hi Jason,

    Any chance of this book getting available in New Zealand?


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