Source Filmmaker

Source Filmmaker

terminé 25. okt 2013 kl. 7:47
Pipeline iPiMocapStudio, SFM, Cinema4D, AfterEffect
I'm new in 3D animation
My goal is to add animated 3D characters into videos shot with a camera

I think the easiest way to achieve this must be to:

1-Use iPiMocapStudio with 2 Xbox360 Kinect for motion capturing the animations (seem easy):
Tutorial Part1:



2-Export the animations to SFM characters in .dmx format (seem easy)

does this work with all SFM character, even these packs?:

3-Export SFM characters with animations to Cinema4D Studio R15 ???
I have no clue on how to do this :/ or even if it's possible and that's where I need some help please

4-Export Cinema4D animation to After Effects CC using Cineware plugin and Camera tracking (easy)
Quick demo:

The final result is a 3D model totally integrated into a real life video even when the camera move !!!
I could do this without SFM (and I will if I can't find a solution), but the SFM characters are already perfectly rigged and weighted and there are plenty of them.

Not concerning SFM but if someone know:
Sometimes I will not use models from SFM, but .obj files directly to Cinema4D,
In that case I would like to know the pipeline for applying different mocap animations from iPisoft to a model in C4D without having to rig the model for each animation (take me a day to make some good rigs with the weight!)

Please help so I can make awesome movies ;)

My last video:
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☠F☺celessMind☠ 25. okt 2013 kl. 18:58 
i have no experience with kinect and ipisoftware, i test out myself and played with the demo and two Eye cams, well it was a good experience, it has worked fine with smd export and the human sdk from the source sdk.
but the problem is that the smd are so loud because of the frame rate that ipi handles ( 60FPS)
and the final Smd are exported with "times/frame" and "rotation data" for each bones and each frames.

About the format, you don't especially require the DMX format, SMD is just fine too.

you could also using retargeting technque to clean up your mocap data
Sidst redigeret af ☠F☺celessMind☠; 25. okt 2013 kl. 18:59
Pte Jack 27. okt 2013 kl. 8:44 
Jimer Lins did a tut series on mocap for SFM .. Here's part 1
terminé 29. okt 2013 kl. 13:42 
To Fuzzzzz: yes I heard about re-targeting for applying multiple mocap to one skeleton, just need to understand how it work in C4D
To Pte Jack: yes the first video I link is this one ;) but he does't tell the things I don't know: transfert from SFM to C4D, and use differents mocap on one skeleton :(
Sidst redigeret af terminé; 29. okt 2013 kl. 13:46
Pte Jack 29. okt 2013 kl. 14:54 
There is this

I am just starting down this road but I am sure that you can do the following.

I believe ipisoft creates FBX (filmbox mocap) format animations, follow your example and take the mocap into a 3D editor like Blender, Maya or 3DSMax. Use one of these to create a Sequence for the model and recompile that sequence into the model, or create an animation set and export that to SFM.

I have seen something briefly on a new feature in SFM but I haven't investigated it yet. Apparently there was a patch ( to SFM that included an utliity called fbx2dmx. Do a search on that.

Here's the article ( )
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