How do we allow our characters to gesture and move their arms independently of the walk cycles? The walk cycles kinda takes control of the whole body, but I want my characters arm movements to be independent of the cycle so they can gesture while they walk. What do we do? I can't believe I haven't seen this covered anywhere.
I don’t use walk cycle much, but my understanding is walk cycle is like automated draggers. You can drag when the walk cycle does not control the arms. (Sorry, too busy to try it just now.)
If you want to talk over the arms *sometimes* when walking, you could make a second copy of the arms in swapsets - so you trigger the swapset when you want to take over manually (which hides the automatically controlled arms). The artwork can be identical - but the second copy would not have the handle points on it for controlling by the walk behavior (only draggers so you control things manually).
Attach a dragger to each arm (at the wrist?).
Create one dragger behavior for each arm layer you want to control.
Record the walk cycle for the amount of time you need it.
On another pass, record enable the dragger behaviors you created for each arm (can do both or one at a time) and drag the arms how you want them to move while walking.
The recorded arm dragger behaviors will override the influence of the walk behavior.
I believe this is also true of triggers you may assign to arms.
I did not like how the walk behavior was moving the arms, so I created a replay with arm motion (using the draggers as I said above). This is good if you want to use the same arm movement every time the puppet walks. You can trigger the walk and the replay at the same time while recording.