Pastel Action for Blender 2.79

by Atelier Pastel in Render Setups

Easy character animations for ManuelbastioniLAB & Makehuman.

July 22, 2018 version 2.64 release


3D CG characters can execute a plethora of movements. They can stand on their tiptoes, hold items, make the V-sign, etc. We provide add-ons that follow the production of these character animations.

Main functions the add-ons provide

①Easy 1-click setup

②Dedicated UI generation

③Angle constraints  of each joint

④Built-in IK (inverse kinematics)

⑤Complex finger configuration

 ⑥Automatic motion correction

⑦Built-in item switching function

 ⑧Multilingual UI 

        Setup tutorial ~What is necessary to use Pastel Action~ 

preface   Let’s check out the software and add-ons that we need.

Various software and add-ons are required to create a 3D character and control it.
Here, we’ll be explaining about what sort of software and add-ons are required.


Step 1  Let’s download Makehuman.

Makehuman is an external software that creates models of human bodies. It works for models of all sorts of humans from children to the elderly.
Here, I’ll be explaining what to do from downloading Makehuman to being able to use it.


Step 2  Let’s add ManuelBastioniLAB.

Manuelbastioni Lab is an add-on that you can add directly to Blender. Similar to Makehuman, it can be used to create human body models. The differences with Makehuman are;
1   As it is an add-on for Blender, there is no need to import/export models.

2   You can make anime character renderings.
Here, I’ll be explaining how to add Manuelbastioni Lab to Blender.

Step 3  Let’s add Makewalk.

Makewalk is a motion capture add-on for Blender that you can download together with Makehuman.
Blender includes a motion capture add-on in its original state.
However, Makewalk has great abilities such as allowing application to bones with different names.


Step 4  Let’s add add-on for model data migration.

Here, I’ll be explaining how to add Makewalk to Blender.
There are a number of formats to allow for transferring from Makehuman to Blender, and one of them is the mhx2 format.
Makehuman Exchange is an add-on for Blender that allows you to import an mhx2 format model made with Makehuman to Blender.
Here, I’ll be explaining how to add Makehuman Exchange to Blender.

Step 5 Let’s add Pastel Action.


Here, I’ll be explaining how to add Pastel Action to Blender.

This add-on supports 3D character movement and character animation.

Last Step  Let’s activate Blender add-on and language setting.

Finally, I’ll be explaining how to activate all of these add-ons, in addition to how to change the language settings to allow for Pastel Action to fully work.

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       Operation method Tutorial

Introduction Let’s create human body model and set it up

This video is the introduction to tutorial control version. Here, I explain how to make human body model and how to set up human model with Pastel Action.


Let’s move arms and legs Preface Basic knowledge of IK and FK

In Pastel Action, we control arms and legs by switching 2 control methods called IK and FK. Here, I explain the difference of the two and basic pros and cons of both methods.


Let’s move arms and legs by using IK and FK

Here, in the former part, I explain how to verify the move of arms and legs and the operation of joint angle restriction function. In the latter part, I explain actual way to control arms and legs.


Let's try shrugging the shoulders


 Here, I'll be explaining about how to have the shoulders shrug as often seen in daily life.

  The below two terms will be used.

 IR (Inherit Rotation) = When the shoulders are shrugged, the arms will rotate.

 NIR (Non-Inherit Rotation) = The arms will not rotate even when the shoulders are shrugged.



Let’s move fingers

Here, I explain how to move fingers. There are 3 modes to move fingers.

① Control mode by each finger

② Control mode by each finger joint

③ Control mode by all the fingers together

Other than that, there is the “all fingers recovery” function to undo all the control on fingers.


Let’s change the direction of elbows and knees

In Pastel Action, there is no bone to control the direction of elbows and knees which do exist in widely used IK. Therefore, the way to control direction of elbows and knees is quite di

Here, I explain the control of direction of elbows and knees in Pastel Action while showing the difference with general IK.


Let’s move wrist/body/head

Here, I explain how to control wrist/body/head which are common in IK and FK.

It’s quite simple just to select bone and rotate.


Let's try moving the ankles


 Here, I'll be explaining the different types of ankle movement, in addition to how to do the movement. The following are the three types of ankle movement. The brackets contain the modes in which they work.

 

①Ankle axis mode (works with both IK and FK) = This mode rotates the foot around the ankle.

②Toe axis mode (IK only) = This mode rotates the foot around the toes.

③Tiptoe mode (IK only) = With this mode, the foot will stand with toes, and end up on tiptoes. Standing on heels is also possible.


Let's use motion capture


Here, I'll be explaining how to apply BVH files, which are external motion data files, to the model, in addition to how to combine them with keyframe motion.

  In the first section, I will explain up until applying BVH files to a model. It was not explained in this video, but the BVH files that I am using have been provided by the Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.

 When creating BVH files yourself, I recommend that you use an armature of similar composition to that provided by Carnegie Mellon University.



In the second section, I will explain how to combine keyframe motion on a model on which the file's motion has been applied.

 With pastel action, you can separate the adding of Euler rotation keys and Quaternion rotation keys for each bone in order to combine the motion.

What changed in version upgrade to version 2.64?

An error occurred when trying to delete a keyframe with no keyframe in bone animation.
This problem was solved.

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    Excellent customer service!

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