Animation though Motion Capture

As you might have seen in the previous post, using key frames to rig a character is not such a great idea unless and until you have really good grip with making the transitions between different poses look non-robotic. One has to have a really good knowledge on the body dynamics to make it look natural.

And it is quite tedious to make the body language look natural by manual animation. So , what most of the CG movies use now is Motion Capture. They record motion of actors in controlled noise-less conditions and use this recorded data to move characters. Even the big video game companies use this technology.

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This makes the process of animation much simpler. However, it is very costly to record such data. Everything comes for a price.

However, there is a huge database of motion capture data available online that one could use to import and apply to a character. Here is a wonderful blog that helped to figure out how to use the motioncapture data that was available online to animate a character. Basically, one could use the mocap data in the form of fbx to animate a character in any game engine.

I have used MoCap data from CMG database and filtered them to check in Unity how the result is.

 

And This is how it looked in the game scene. I have just wanted to have a idle motion while waiting for the game to begin, in a galaxy far far away.

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