Rapid character creation and animation.

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Post » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:13 am

A couple of great free tools to check out.

First off is Make Human. They just posted an update about clothes so they are not naked any more!

This is a free alternative to Poser. It will export directly into Blender with the proper bone weights and armature.

It also exports to Collada, so you are able to use it with other applications like Maya,Poser, 3DS, Lightwave and XSI.

Make Human



If you do not want to learn Blender then you can install a render engine like Pixar's Renderman, or the free Aqusis rendering engine.

Very useful for still images.

If you are not an animator do not worry.... Here is a free library of 2500 BVH motion capture animations you can use with Blender or your favorite animation package.

Carnegie-Mellon Graphics Lab Motion Capture Database

Here is a nice little viewer so you can see what the anumations look like:
https://sites.google.com/a/cgspeed.com/cgspeed/bvhplay

They have everything from people riding horses to people swinging golf clubs.

Be sure to check out all of the shape targets in Make human, they have some for aliens and a few other monster, and animal features.

The new clothes update is in the SVN version you can read about here:
http://www.makehuman.org/node/571

If I get a 64 bit version compiled tonight, I will post a link for windows 7 and maybe a .DEB package.


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Post » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:15 am

I just have to bump this. I've known MakeHuman for a while but the motion database is exactly what I need, because I suck at posing too and have been looking for rigged poses. Thank you for sharing.
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Post » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:03 am

This sounds awesome. Do you know whether i can export to Cinema 4D with Make Human or not?

The motion capture database seems very interesting because when i created a walk animation for the first time .. about two weeks ago .. it kinda looked like my character was moon walking all the time :D

thank you.
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Post » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:16 pm

would this work with google sketchup?
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Post » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:52 pm

i didn't know about motion database...tnx jojoe..
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