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Old 04-23-2009, 10:56 AM
Jeff Jeff is offline
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Vizard tech tip: Blinking Avatars

Vizard's vcc avatars come with morph targets for blinking, eyebrow raising, and talking. Check out the following snippet of code to get your avatars to blink.

import viz

female = viz.add('vcc_female.cfg', pos = [0,.3,1], euler = [180,0,0])

#Blink morph ID of avatar

#Action that will animate blink closing
close_eye = vizact.morph(BLINK_MORPH,1,.1)

#Action that will animate blink opening
open_eye = vizact.morph(BLINK_MORPH,0,0.1)

#Action that will wait 1-5 seconds
wait_blink = vizact.waittime(vizact.randfloat(1,5))

#Action that will blink indefinitely
blinkAction = vizact.sequence( wait_blink, close_eye, open_eye, viz.FOREVER )

Try changing this code to move the eyebrows. The morph targets are listed in the vcc_avatars .cfg files. When specifying the morph id use the number order it appears in the list of morphs, beginning with 0. So to use the eyebrow morph in Vizard you would set
In order to run two actions in parallel, like blinking and eyebrow raising make sure you add the actions to different action pools. The documentation explains how action pools work. In the following line of code the blink action is added to action pool 1. If the pool is not specified, by default, the action will be added to pool 0.
female.addAction(blinkAction, pool = 1)
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:58 PM
billjarrold billjarrold is offline
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Thanks very much.

One oddity...the manual does not mention that morph has a 3rd argument. What does this third argument mean?
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:59 PM
billjarrold billjarrold is offline
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Here is what the manual page for <node3d:face>.morph says....

Set the percentage of a morph



...see the first number is num, the second is percent and their is no third argument specified. I'm finding that when I delete your 3rd argument, I get an error.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:16 PM
billjarrold billjarrold is offline
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Ah, I've answered my own question....

The third argument appears to be a speed related argument. 0.1 is a fast blink. 0.9 gives us a very slow blink.

(I determined this by trying the code verbatim above....I first tried it on my own code and I am not getting good results).
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