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Animate based on video
show user profile  LOL500
So there is this dance video on the internet and I want to animate my character to dance like the dancers in the video. Is there some technique to do this or is it just by eye?
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5/28/2013 6:08:55 AM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:08:55 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Chuck the vid in a program that lets you scroll through frame by frame.

Either keyframe the whole thing or do straight ahead approach.

I did a dance vid once (badly), one tip, key in the beats so that you can make sure your moves hit on the beat.
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5/28/2013 6:11:10 AM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:11:10 AM)
show user profile  LOL500
So that means fire up virtualdub and keyframe what I see.
How do you key in the beats?
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5/28/2013 6:22:31 AM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:22:31 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Play the music, play your animation and press "k" in time to the kick drum.

[edit] forgot to mention, you need an object selected to make the key frames. I normally make a simple box and put it out the way, I call it a beat box.
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5/28/2013 6:32:05 AM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:33:57 AM)
show user profile  LOL500
Oh okay, thanks for the replies.

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5/28/2013 7:22:40 AM (last edit: 5/28/2013 7:22:40 AM)
show user profile  LOL500
by any chance there is some tutorials about this out there?
This is real harder than it looks
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5/28/2013 6:00:41 PM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:00:41 PM)
show user profile  FX
Have you tried one of the many markerless mocap apps out there ? most of them can grab from a video source.
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5/28/2013 6:17:27 PM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:17:27 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt

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5/28/2013 6:29:04 PM (last edit: 5/28/2013 6:29:04 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
There is SO much subtlety and organic timing in dance......prepare yourself for some MAJOR work if you think you will just eyeball and keyframe.
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5/28/2013 7:02:50 PM (last edit: 5/28/2013 7:02:50 PM)
show user profile  LOL500
Well yeah, that's what I think, that's why I'm asking round here and no, I'm not aware of any mocap stuff.
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5/29/2013 1:41:33 AM (last edit: 5/29/2013 1:41:33 AM)
show user profile  FX
Dr Jim's right, sheesh this ain't easy, I've got some tribal/ african drummer dance loops to do and it's taking forever.
I was wrong about the mocap from video stuff, I thought it had progressed further than it actually has, this was the closest I could find but afaik never released.

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6/6/2013 9:57:09 AM (last edit: 6/6/2013 9:57:35 AM)
show user profile  silkroadgame
Oh,you want to make this dance?It must be interesting as it's so popular all over the world now!
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6/6/2013 10:09:17 AM (last edit: 6/6/2013 10:09:17 AM)
show user profile  FX
Gangam style ? no, I think LOL500 was asking in general.

I'm tying to do loops of these guys..

The guy second from left has approached me about a website, they want it 3d interactive, ie: click on drum will trigger a dance drum loop of drummers.

I thought I'd make some loops to show him how it will look in a couple of draft animations...4 hours in an I'm realizing this is going to take a while. :(

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6/6/2013 10:21:00 AM (last edit: 6/6/2013 10:21:00 AM)
show user profile  chillywilson
split it up to key points.

Make a linear key frames at the best points.
Start tweening and overlapping from there

here is a reel from Ice age showing the evolution one of their dance scenes

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6/6/2013 6:40:48 PM (last edit: 6/6/2013 6:40:48 PM)
show user profile  FX
That's a helpful link chillywilson thanks, surely that's not 32 FULL days work ? anyway ...makes me feel slightly better it took me 4 hours to get this little loop going, go on.. rip it apart :P

The next one shouldn't take so long and I'll have a little more patience with it, thank god it doesn't need to be Ice Age standards :)

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6/6/2013 9:35:03 PM (last edit: 6/6/2013 9:36:04 PM)
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