I created a rig from a motion capture in MotionBuilder 2012. It's just a simple rig with a few motion tracks and now I want to do the rest of the work in Blender 2.72, but have problems with the rig representation in Edit mode.

I exported a BVH file in MotionBuilder and imported it into Blender and all motions are correct and look like expected. In Pose mode the rig has the expected T shape in the first key frame and all other key frames look correct, too. However, when I go into Edit mode the shoulders and arms, as well as the neck and the head, point straight down. Additionally, the whole rig is rotated by 90° around the X axis. It is unclear to me why I see this behavior in Edit mode.

Here you can get the BLEND file that illustrates the problem. In that "wrong" Edit mode position I can't skin the rig and if I try to put it in form the new angles influence the movements.

Do you know a better way to get the rig in Blender?


1 Answer 1


Re target copy rig with new rest pose.

Similarly to this answer,

Select rig, and run the following script (takes a minute-ish). You will get a new copy rig, with rest pose the same as the T-pose in frame 1 of original, and animation adjusted to fit new rest pose.

import bpy
from bpy import context

remove_constraints = True
scene = context.scene
scene.frame_set(1) # TPOSE frame
rig1 = context.object
# copy the rig and armature
rig2 = rig1.copy()
rig2.data = rig2.data.copy()
scene.objects.active = rig2
# apply the pose in frame 1
if not rig2.animation_data:
# remove animation from dupe
rig2.animation_data.action = None
# add copy transform constraint to each bone
for pb in rig2.pose.bones:
    ct = pb.constraints.get(pb.name)    
    if ct is not None:
        ct.influence = 1
    ct = pb.constraints.new('COPY_TRANSFORMS')
    ct.name = pb.name
    ct.target = rig1
    ct.subtarget = pb.name

action = rig1.animation_data.action
f = action.frame_range.x
# add a keyframe to each frame of new rig
while f < action.frame_range.y:
    for pb in rig2.pose.bones:
        #pb2 = rig1.pose.bones.get(pb.name)
        m = rig2.convert_space(pb, pb.matrix, to_space='LOCAL')
        if pb.rotation_mode == 'QUATERNION':
            pb.rotation_quaternion = m.to_quaternion()
            pb.keyframe_insert("rotation_quaternion", frame=f)

        # add rot mode checking 
            pb.rotation_euler = m.to_euler(pb.rotation_mode)
            pb.keyframe_insert("rotation_euler", frame=f)
        pb.location = m.to_translation()

        pb.keyframe_insert("location", frame=f)
    f += 1

# set constraints to zero or remove entirely.
for pb in rig2.pose.bones:
    ct = pb.constraints.get(pb.name)    
    if ct is not None:
        if remove_constraints:
            ct.influence = 0
  • $\begingroup$ Good one. feel free to upvote too 8^)... $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:40

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