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Another Huge Mocap Library


MocapDo you remember the article, about mocap files? Where PlantPerson talks about motion capture technology and point to us a tutorial, showing how to use mocap files with Blender? Well, in this tutorial a very large library of free mocap files is used. We just found another huge mocap library, with a lot of files to download for free.

This library belongs to the Carnegie Mellon University, and the files can be used in commercial projects. If you want to browse their mocap database, visit this link. The mocap files of their library are in the ASF/AMC format. Which are not compatible with Blender.

But, we can convert these files easily with a free tool, called amc2bvh. The BVH file format is fully compatible with Blender!


  1. Ideasman42 (Campbell Barton) on

    If your having problems with large BVH's, I fixed this in Blender-SVN, so keep an eye out on for a recent build, saving from this, then loading in 2.44/5 will work too.

  2. Also... the carnegie mellon data is at 120fps, and they just load at regular frame intervals in blender!

    And... I did a heap of testing on the data... sadly it's rather a mess... very jittery. It's great but it all needs a LOT of cleanup. I'm using some data from the "other" blendernation article now.. sadly.

  3. great discovery! but I can only get the amc files not the asf ones, so the converter crashes due to the lack of this file. Where are you guys getting the correspondent asfs?

  4. @ afecelis - Did you download from the FAQ? From the /faq.cfm page=

    "May I have a copy of the entire database?
    Sure! Please don't crawl this database for all motions.
    Here is a zipfile of all asf's and amc's,
    and another couple of all the .c3d's - they sum to over 4GB so the files were split up by subject number: zipfile 0, zipfile 1a, zipfile1b, zipfile 2,3,4, and zipfile 5,6,7,8,9. If you need some other combination of file types, drop us an email at [email protected] and we will be happy to help."

    Note: "Here is a zipfile..." where zipfile is live-link, and will launch a download dialog. Good luck.


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