Dancing with the Stars, How to use those BVH motions you downloaded.

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I discovered an easy way to fix those free BVH motions you can get. This is a "for Dummies" tutorial on that and some basic animation tips. So lets get Dancin!!


justanother1 on 12:32PM Tue, 20 October 2009

lets get started



load your character, Zero and center your figure and then import  your BVH motion from the file tab. Give it some time to load, some of these are pretty long, also dont worry if  your character disappears or looks funny thats what were here to fix, however if while running the animation, your character's parts cross (hands in the ribcage and such) you may try using the Figure - use limits option before loading the BVH motion. You'll have to play around with your setting a little but ok its loaded lets move on.

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Tutorial Comments


Tripper1955  9:25PM Fri, 20 June 2014

Thanks, justanother1. I was about to tear out my hair before it occurred to me to look on Renderosity. Your tut saved my hair and sanity.

justanother1  3:58PM Sat, 13 March 2010

didn't quite understand the last question, but... my guess is that you are trying to build animations using poses, and what you need to do is open the properties panel and check the body, hip, and if using IK, the foot or hand ROTATIONS. Understand that in the window 2° looks the same as 362° however will cause all kinds of havoc in your animation if not corrected. Try this, with a new doc and your favorite character loaded with IK on, go to the 10th frame and rotate the feet y-360°, then go to the 20th frame and rotate the hip y-360° and then play the animation. This should reproduce something similar to your problem and hopefully help you understand how to fix it.

Dreamboat  10:22AM Sun, 17 January 2010

Is there any way to stop the animation in poser going back to the beginning fame???

justanother1  9:23AM Sat, 26 December 2009

UPDATE !! I found this http://davedub.co.uk/downloads/ its a freeware! Its not really for making bvh files but it can help make some of the odd ones work on your Daz3d characters and you can edit out only the frames you want!

justanother1  1:12PM Sun, 29 November 2009

I guess I should add a whole section on Inverse Kinmatics. This is an option under [Figure]. Most of the characters have them already set up but you can also make your own. (reference your poser manual) Mostly this will lock a body part in place, feet hands, etc. So you should turn off IK when you first pose your character, or when you import a bvh. Then turn it back on if you need it for editing the animation. Just play with the IK to better understand it.

abozakaria  3:08AM Sun, 22 November 2009

thanks, this is vrey uesful for me.

justanother1  11:10AM Tue, 17 November 2009

May have to go through frame by frame, look at your foot rotations xyz, and compare them to your hip rotations xyz, and then compare them to body rotation xyz, this happens alot when I try to build animations from poses but after you get the hang of it its not to hard, remeber to use the memorize and restore options these can help alot. And you can always save a new pose, like the same pose with out the hip turned 360.

alpha3  1:25PM Sun, 08 November 2009

Hello, I'm trying out some things with bvh files, what is see also is that the feet are very many times 'shaking'. Left, right, or in and above the floor. if they can't stay on the same place. i did zero figure and also drop to floor, and it doesnt help really. Maybe you have the same experience and can you help me with it how to solve this problem. sincerely, alpha