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armo 03-12-2015 07:08 AM

problems with walking women avatars
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Hi there,

I am really having a hard time trying to make some women avatars walk. The avatars come from the vizard Complete characters set.

Specifically, the avatar has these strange s-shaped arms visible in the attached picture "strange walking woman.jpg". Here is the code


import viz
import vizact
import viztask

def world():
        global root
        view = viz.MainView

        #add sun-like directional light

        l = viz.addLight()
        l.position(0, 1, 0, 0) #sets light direction

        l2 = viz.addLight()
        l2.position(1, 0, 1, 0) #sets light direction

        l3 = viz.addLight()
        l3.position(-1, 0, -1, 0) #sets light direction

        l4 = viz.addLight()
        l4.position(0, 0, 1, 0) #sets light direction

        l5 = viz.addLight()
        l5.position(0, -1, -1, 0) #sets light direction

        #root encapsulates all world geometry
        root = viz.addGroup()


av_trial = viz.add('avatars_happiness/sportive03_f_highpoly/sportive03_f_highpoly.cfg', pos=( 0, 0, 3 ), euler=(180,0,0))

viz.MainView.setPosition( 0, 1.6, 0 )


# walk action
WALK = vizact.walkTo( pos=[ 0, 0, 0 ], walkSpeed = 0.5, walkAnim=44)
def move(av):
        '''the avatar walks'''
# some callbacks to start animation
def HandleKeyboard(key):
        if key == 'w':
viz.callback(viz.KEYDOWN_EVENT, HandleKeyboard)

I am seeing this strange effect on more than one women avatars

However, if I try to substitute the WALK variable with this:


WALK = vizact.walkTo( pos=[ 0, 0, 0 ], walkSpeed = 0.5, walkAnim=viz.AUTO_COMPUTE, verb = 'walk' )
I get instead an even stranger result visible in the attached picture "walkAnim_vizAUTO_COMPUTE.jpg"

but what really puzzle me is that everything works fine with male avatars

Any suggestions?

best regards,

Jeff 03-13-2015 07:59 AM

I'll test this out and get back to you.

armo 03-22-2015 12:57 PM

Hi Jeff

I was wondering if there were any updates on this issue

thanks in advance,

Jeff 03-23-2015 08:04 AM

Has the avatar source file been modified and re-exported or is this the original Cal3D model that came with the Complete Character set? I'll try and reproduce the issue here.

armo 03-23-2015 08:14 AM

Dear Jeff

I am having this problem with the original models from the Complete Character set. No changes on the source file occured.

Jeff 03-24-2015 12:42 AM

Please contact and we'll open a support ticket for the issue with the arms.

To find the walk animation using the verb argument there must be an entry in the CFG file that has verb + '_animation'. This should be equal to the animation number. Add the following line to the end of the CFG file:


walk_animation = 44
Then when you run the following line of code animation 44 will be applied with the walkTo action:


WALK = vizact.walkTo( pos=[ 0, 0, 0 ], walkSpeed = 0.5, verb = 'walk' )

Erikvdb 04-07-2015 07:38 AM

I had the same problem with that specific avatar a few months ago. It seems the Skin modifier in 3Ds Max doesn't have the correct skin weights (both the Max model and the exported avatar have this issue).
I guess it was the first time that I used her, so I hadn't encountered the issue before. I wanted to open a ticket, but it was faster for me to simply reskin the model and I forgot about it afterwards :D
Sorry I couldn't reply earlier.

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