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    Best option for decent pre-viz mocap?

    I've been asked to animate a crash-test dummy walking around, gesturing etc, so no crazy detail with the moving bits and bobs (fingers etc). Ordinarily I would turn to Maestro for the animation, but with the influx of low-end capture methods (PS3 Eye, Kinect-based systems) I was wondering if there's a setup I could get into that was intended for pre-viz, but may well work for what I'm after. Can anyone give any advice and share a workflow that's worked for them?

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    Well... there's nevorn... which is all LW workflow... capture quality isnt great though (in part cos its single kinect only, but so's brekel and that gives much better results) and the retargeting and editing are a bit clunky.

    You've then got brekel (as mentioned)... probably the best single kinect offering going, but you'll need some kinda workflow sorted for how you wanna get the motions back onto your LW characters.

    Then you got iPi... wihch (in the price bracket) is by far the best quality capture, and also the most flexible system. Its not as immediate, and again you need some process for how you're planning to have things go into LW... but the process is still so much faster than attempting to animate by hand.
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    Sorry for the late reply Rebel - one of those weeks (months?). Thanks for the feedback - I'll have a look at them, mocap is a new area to me so it's a fair bit of learning I assume!

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    I finally did a tutorial on: "Lightwave to MotionBuilder and Back again "
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eju1edD7k0A

    I hope it helps some of you
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    Thanks Wizzard - I'll check it out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kopperdrake View Post
    Thanks Wizzard - I'll check it out!
    Thanks, I'm uploading the next tutorial now. "Lightwave to MotionBuilder to ENDORPHIN and Back again"

    Link to follow, When it's uploaded
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    I've uploaded the next tutorial...
    "Lightwave to MotionBuilder to ENDORPHIN and Back again"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSkDM-l38hM

    Enjoy
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