A virtual human animation tool using motion capture data

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2008

Thesis Language: English

Student: Selim Nar



In this study, we developed an animation tool to animate 3D virtual characters. The tool offers facilities to integrate motion capture data with a 3D character mesh and animate the mesh by using Skeleton Subsurface Deformation and Dual Quaternion Skinning Methods. It is a compact tool, so it is possible to distribute, install and use the tool with ease. This tool can be used to illustrate medical kinematic gait data for educational purposes. For validation, we obtained medical motion capture data from two separate sources and animated a 3D mesh model by using this data. The animations are presented to physicians for evaluation. The results show that the tool is sufficient in displaying obvious gait patterns of the patients. The tool provides interactivity for inspecting the movements of patient from different angles and distances. We animate anonymous virtual characters which provide anonymity of the patient.