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I'm looking for a good source for basic character animations that I can apply to models using 3DS Max / Character Studio. I found this company called Credo Interactive that sells animation libraries as well as an animation tool called Life Forms. I was wondering if anyone has used this company's products and know if they would be easy to use with character studio (Specifically the Gamepak animations). It looks like the Paks come in several formats, including .3ds and .max files. I was also wondering if there is an easy way to extract the animation from the .3ds or .max file and apply it to a biped skeleton in 3DS character studio. Here's the company's site: http://www.credo-interactive.com/products/index.html PS - If anyone knows of any other good sources of animations (Free or Fee) I'd appreciate the tip Thanks! Dave

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If you're using Character Studio/Biped, you'll want your animations in the .bip (biped) format... these normally include footsteps and all that CS stuff.

.bvh can behave a little funny in Biped, but is generally the most widely used mocap format, and can be used in a variety of programs... if you can get .bip though, definately get it.

I haven't specifically used Credo's mocap pack, but the big draw is that they are already tuned and looping and there are tweening animations and whatnot, so they stack up well. You'll find some more 'raw' mocap for cheaper, but this can range from a whole move (including the character in a default T pose, then does his action), to cut up animations that don't loop that great without some work and blending, and don't have any sort of standard pose to start from.

None of these are such a big deal, though, once you learn how to use Biped, they're quite easy to fix/blend.

http://www.es3d.com/index2.html
I bought their combo pack ($80 or so IIRC) a few months back, all .bip files, and its awesome. You find some really strange motions (all types of dancing and stuff), as well as many basic things (variety of running, walking, etc). I highly recommend it if you want to build up a good library to experiement with, and it doesn't carry the pricetag of Credo's, at the expense of less polish (which like I said, isn't a big deal, especially if you're goal is to learn and experiement with Biped).

http://www.e-motek.com/entertainment/stockmoves/index.html
As far as I can tell, doesn't have .bip files available in their purchasable library. But haven't looked into it that much, perhaps in the future.

http://www.bvhfiles.com/
Raw bvh files, that will require a good amount of cleaning, but you can find some very strange movies here.

If you need canned animations, go with Credo, if not, and you want to combine and make your own, go with Eclipse.

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Thanks for the URLs! All three look pretty useful, especially the eclipse packs. Looks like there's also plenty of free stuff available to play with.

Thanks for the reply!
Dave

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