Fuse + Mixamo : Character Modelling + Rigging and Animation
Article by Vidhunnan Murugan
Mixamo is 3D graphics company founded in 2008, Adobe brought mixamo in last year. It a cloud-based service offering company for rigging and animating for the characters. Mixamo offers many services like Fuse, 3D Characters, Auto-Rigger, 3D Animations and Face Plus.
Fuse + Mixamo is awesome tools for creating custom characters and creating animations. Mixamo has lot and lot of animation for applying to characters and it support many export formats for Game Engines, Models and Animations. Fuse has many presets for body parts for both Male and Female and Special Pack for Creatures also.
Fuse : Design your own 3D models — no experience needed. Designing a character in Fuse just a few click and dragging mouse. It has lot of many pre-defined shapes for head, body, hands and legs and you can customise the characters by the dragging the knobs in the menus. Customization is possible to very part in the body.
Create 3D human models and characters with the Adobe Fuse CC (Preview) desktop app. Easily import into Adobe Photoshop…www.adobe.com
Let’s talk about Fuse + Photoshop, Fuse become one of the apps in Creative Cloud after Adobe brought and it becomes Fuse CC(Preview). Once you designed a character in Fuse, you can upload to creative cloud server for rigging (Auto-Rigger in Mixamo) and you can import that character in Photoshop for creating amazing posters with Mixamo animations. Here is an example of the poster made with Fuse and Photoshop
Assest for the are custom made by Lightfarm Studios and available in Creative Cloud Assets Library. Well, the splash screen of Adobe Fuse is also created with Fuse and Photoshop, let’s watch how they made it.
Decimator is a fast way to create multiple levels of detail versions for any asset. Customize the percentage of reduction you need and Mixamo’s online solution will reduce the polygons automatically so you don’t have to. Computational real-estate is expensive! So we built a smart way to optimize your assets for rendering all those polygons.
3D Animation(Preview) : Quality animated characters, now within scope. Thousands of motion capture animations have been professionally directed, performed and cleaned in our studio. No jiggles or shakes, just good clean motion data.
Face Plus (Preview) : Real time facial animation with just a webcam. Face Plus (Preview) is the world’s first facial capture and animation technology delivered directly inside a 3D game engine. Forget about expensive equipment, sticky markers, endless importing and exporting from and to several 3D programs. With Face Plus (Preview), all you need is sit down in front of a webcam, act out the expressions you want to apply to your 3D character and watch it happen in real time within your game engine.
Fuse is still in beta version, hope Adobe will improve its functions and release in MAX 2016 Creative Conference. Mixamo is used by many indie game developers and many artist for their works.