I'm about to make an animated short using Blender for the first time and I'm contemplating if I should rig all my characters using a mesh deform modifier instead of the traditional direct bone rigging.
For the advantages I read about how you can have one character have many wardrobe changes or have many parts and you can make toony distortions.
Is there any disadvantages to using this system?
Is there something that I should be concerned about?
Does it slow down rendering in cycles?
Does it limit bend accuracy like the precise fold of the forearm?
Will the cage prevent a character's arm to press against their torso?
Or something else?