Poetry in motion

Motion capture provides a source of detailed data for use in character animation projects, but it doesn't come for free. The raw data recorded by an optical motion-capture set-up often contains occlusion artefacts (glitches caused where another part of the actor's body screens a particular mocap marker from the cameras) and noise, making it necessary to clean the files before use.

Today, most data cleaning is done by service bureaux using dedicated software that comes with optical capture systems.. However you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot gain access to these tools: for example, when resurrecting an old rejected take that was never cleaned; when using a licence-free file downloaded from the internet; or if you're a student with access to a university motion-capture facility, but not all of the tools that come with it. In such cases, it may be necessary to clean the data yourself using nothing more than a standard copy of MotionBuilder.

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