Wednesday, 28 August 2019

MoCap Retargeting with Amedeo Beretta

We've uploaded a new tutorial video to our Vimeo Channel - MoCap Retargeting with Amedeo Beretta.

Amedeo explains in detail the process of how to take a MoCap performance and re-target it onto an animation rig, so that the animation curves can be tweaked and polished.

Performance Capture, aka Motion Capture, aka "MoCap", is a growing part of the animation industry. It's something our students need to be able to work with effectively, as many animation studios - and especially games studios - rely heavily on MoCap for their animation pipeline.

You can find Amedeo's tutorial here. Like all our tutorials, it is password-protected, available for our current students and Escapees.

Amedeo Beretta
MoCap retargetting
It is a relatively straightforward process to capture MoCap data. The systems in place are for the most part well-tested and it doesn't take long to capture a performance.

However, once the performance is captured, the animator is faced with the tricky business of applying the data to their chosen animation rig, and doing so in a way that permits the animator to continue to tweak the performance.

Timing and spacing will need to be adjusted, and this means that the data must be correctly targeted onto the animation control curves, giving the user maximum flexibility to adapt the performance.

MoCap with Norman
We also have a tutorial video by studio assistant Steve Lall, who demonstrates how to clean the original curves but, at the same time, not losing the essence of the original performance.  Watch the video above, and you can see how Steve has used After Effects to create a "B panel" in the top right hand corner, showing what the original raw MoCap data looked like, in this case re-targeted onto the free Norman rig.

The advantage of this approach is that it shows the animator's work process - any potential recruiter can see for themselves the original performance, and also understand what Steve has done with it to improve the animation and bring it to life.

Vimeo Channel
To find Steve's tutorial video at our Vimeo Channel, follow this link.  Like our other tutorials, this one is password-protected. If you're a student or Escapee, email me for the password.

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