Development news

Roadmap for 1.6.2 updated

04 February 2018

Just completed the roadmap for version 1.6.2 [See the roadmap]

Version 1.6.1!

20 January 2018

The new version 1.6.1 is available! [See the release notes]

Anatomy improvements in female models

30 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details for all human base female models. [See the image...]

Improvements in asian female base model

26 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of asian female base model F-AS01. [See the image...]

Improvements in afro female base model

23 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of afro female base model F-AF01. [See the image...]

Improvements in caucasian male base model

21 December 2017

Improvements in anatomy and details of male base model M-CA01. [See the image...]

Improvements in cel shader

14 December 2017

Video preview of new hair models and shaders for Blender Cycles. [See the video]

Improvements in cel shader

10 December 2017

More improvements in anime skin and hair cel shader for Blender Cycles. [See the image...]

Preview of anime hair

02 December 2017

Preview of the high quality hair model for anime girl. Improvements in anime skin shader. [See the image...]

Proxy tutorial

16 November 2017

As requested by many users, here is the updated tutorial about how to create and use proxies in lab 1.6.0. [Read more..]

Shapekeys mapping 1.5 -> 1.6

08 November 2017

Since there are various animation systems based on the lab 1.5 that need to migrate to lab 1.6, here is the conversion table that maps the shapekeys 1.5 to 1.6. [Read more..]

Roadmap update for 1.7.0!

05 November 2017

Roadmap update with detailed tasks for lab 1.6.1 and 1.7.0 [Read more..]

Version 1.6.0!

26 October 2017

The new version 1.6.0 is available! [See the release notes]

Improvements of teeth and eyes

10 October 2017

Better teeth shader and shape, improved eye shader [See the image...]

High quality expression system 1.6: animation

05 October 2017

1.6 WIP: See the high quality results of the new expression system! [See the video]

Preview-tutorial proxy system 1.6

23 September 2017

Tutorial-preview about the new proxy system that will be included in ManuelbastioniLAB 1.6.0 with two long waited new features to handle skin intersections: offset and auto-mask. [See the video]

New preview of IK and muscles

09 September 2017

Development and integration of IK and basic muscle system completed: see how they work in the new preview. [See the video]

Improvements of anatomy

02 September 2017

Better 3D feet, toes, nails. Also improvements of 3d tongue for professional phonemes animation. [See the image...]

Hair shader and physics

24 August 2017

Testing the hair shader and the best way to use physics with polygonal hair [Read more...]


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1.6.0 WIP: new animation correction tool

01 June 2017

As announced in the previous article, the next release of ManuelbastioniLAB will introduce a new approach to the 3D character modelling pipeline, dividing the production in two phases: creation and after-creation. One of the most useful features that will be added in the after-creation section is the animation correction tool. It permits to easily correct the problems in rest angles.

See the video on youtube about the animation correction

The video also shows an early implementation of the new GUI, divided in "Creation" and "After-creation" parts.

What are these "problems in rest angles"?

During a motion capture session, for each frame, the system acquires the actor pose and transfers the angles to a target skeleton. If the transfer system uses absolute angles in world coordinates, the resulting animation will automatically include some correction angles, as illustrated in the image below.

The correction angle alpha generated automatically during the motion capture

These angles are not related to the motion, but to the difference between the actor skeletal structure and the target skeleton: big difference means big "correction" angles.

The "correction" angles are good for a perfect animation with the original target skeleton, but when the animation is transferred to a different skeleton (retargeting) they can be "wrong".

The correction angle alpha does not work on a different skelton structure

To fix them, it's needed to counter-rotate all the affected bones for each frame. This is exactly what the new feature does. It will be added in ManuelbastioniLAB 1.6.0, and you can see how it works in the video above.