Back in August, I covered the announcement from Mixamo, the online character animation service, regarding their support of Blender, using a Collada 1.4.1 import-based workflow. They recently followed up with me with the news that they have recently updated this Collada 1.4.1 importer for Blender 2.49b and are now hosting it on their Mixamo website, freely available to the Blender community.
The improvements they have added to this importer make the Mixamo/Blender workflow much more robust – here are the highlights to this new update:
- MacOSX Now Supported – MacOSX 10.5 and 10.6 users can now import Collada 1.4.1 files into their Blender projects using this updated importer from Mixamo. (Win32 version already supported)
- Faster Performance – Import is much faster now.
- Improved User Interface – Better user messaging and a polished interface.
- Easier Setup/Installation – More robust handling of script location & better readme documentation provided.
You can download the updated Collada 1.4.1 Importer for Windows and Mac from the Mixamo website, here:
You can learn more about the Blender / Mixamo workflow here: www.mixamo.com/c/blender, which provides tutorial videos, workflow documentation, and the plug-ins for Windows and Mac off of this page.
Mixamo also welcomes you to send any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mixamo.com is an online 3D character animation service that drastically speeds up the time it takes to create high quality characters and animations. 3D professionals and enthusiasts can upload their own characters or make use of Mixamo’s custom character creation suite, and then automatically apply hundreds of animations to these characters within a matter of minutes, including the time it takes to customize those animations in real-time. Blender users can take advantage of the Mixamo/Blender workflow to add amazing animation quality to their 3D projects.