Keyframe a video or mocap?

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  10 October 2013
Keyframe a video or mocap?

As far as i know, you keyframe your animation in maya or whatever program you use, modifying your mesh as you go.

What im wondering is if there is software out there that reads a video file and converts it into mocap data? Maybe something that lets you assign key points like to hands/feet in an avi file and follows hands/feet creating mocap data? Ive searched around on google and the easiest thing i could find is using kinect with certain hardware but nothing that reads it off of a video file.

Okay so say there isnt such software (i doubt there is anyway) how does one keyframe a video? Say i had a video file of me walking, is there such a program that lets me add keyframes as i trace over my walk so i can use that for animation? Im not sure if you can do that in maya so i thought id ask here.
 
  10 October 2013
You're not gonna be able to get meaningful mocap data out of a single video. At the very least you need a pair of cameras (which is what Kinect is).
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  10 October 2013
Like Meloncov pointed out I don think there are any professional tools that will do that. But I got to thinking about the Kinet for Xbox. It works off of a single video feed, so I suppose it could work to some extent. An idea might be to pass your video through something like that. But as I am sure you know, this is not the correct way to do things. But who knows it might work in your case.
 
  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by thrivingartist: Like Meloncov pointed out I don think there are any professional tools that will do that. But I got to thinking about the Kinet for Xbox. It works off of a single video feed, so I suppose it could work to some extent. An idea might be to pass your video through something like that. But as I am sure you know, this is not the correct way to do things. But who knows it might work in your case.


Kinect is three different cameras in one unit (an RGB camera, and two spaced infared cameras to gauge depth).
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Last edited by Meloncov : 10 October 2013 at 02:39 AM.
 
  10 October 2013
Oh thats right. I had forgotten about that. Hmm...well I guess that options out
 
  10 October 2013
I think I saw something a while back about using Matchmover for something like this. Take a look at the documentation, around page 55.

http://images.autodesk.com/apac_jap...erguide2011.pdf

I've never used this, but it sounds cool. And I think it's what you're trying to do.

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