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Import Video

In Plask Motion, users can import videos to get 3D animations. Import a video file by pressing the Import button or by dragging and dropping the file into the Viewport, and set the extraction options to extract it as an Animation Asset. Animation assets can be applied to Models.

Features

Import video file

When you click the "Import Video" button in the Asset panel, you will see a drop zone for the video file. Drop the video file into the zone and the video will appear in the modal.

Please refer to this doc for a video guide to extracting quality animations.

Import Video

Trim a video

Import Video

Adjust the left and right handles to specify the section to extract.

For a video guide to extracting quality animations, see What's the best way to capture motion using your camera on Plask? in Docs>FAQ.

Select an extraction option:

Import Video

  1. Multi-person: This option tracks and extracts multiple people in the video. In order to extract multi-person video successfully, please make sure to follow our Video Requirements guidelines.

  2. Foot Contact: This option recognizes feet and the ground to avoid slipping when feet make contact.

    The Foot Contact feature will be added soon in the new version.

  3. T-Pose: This option sets the first frame of the extracted animation to T-pose. This is useful for retargeting in game engines, etc.

Extract an Animation asset

In the Video modal, press the Import button to add the Animation asset. When the extraction is complete, the video thumbnail is set and can be applied to the Model.

Notes: Do not close or refresh the window while the extraction is in progress.

Video condition

To ensure the best animation possible, it all starts with quality in your motion capture. To get the best capture, follow these guidelines:

  1. Recognition Limited to Human Poses: Plask's software is designed to recognize only human forms. Capturing the movement of non-human objects for animation is not compatible with our system. Also keep in mind that baggy or oversized clothing can confuse our algorithm, wearing clothing that defines the human shape will ensure a better result. Import Video
  2. Capture the Entire Body: For optimal results, ensure that the video captures the full body of the individual in all scenes intended for animation. This comprehensive capture approach provides greater flexibility during the animation process. Import Video
  3. Minimum Video Resolution of 720p Recommended: Videos with a resolution lower than 720p may compromise the quality of the motion capture.
  4. Ensure Clear Visibility of the Subject: For precise motion capture, the individual in the video should stand out from the background. Avoid any blending or overlap with the surroundings. Additionally, ensure that no limbs are cut off from the frame. It's advisable to maintain a margin of space around the body in the full-body shot. Import Video
  5. Maintain Optimal Recording Angles: For best results, record the subject's motion from a direct head-on angle to avoid skewed angles that can adversely impact the animation quality. Import Video
  6. Adhere to Supported Video Specifications: Plask currently accepts videos in mp4 and webm formats. Ensure your video does not exceed 500 megabytes and is within a duration range of 5 seconds to 2 minutes.

Following these simple guidelines will ensure you have the best motion capture to create the desired animation effect.

For the Multi-person Feature: In addition to the general guidelines provided earlier, please consider the following specific points:

  1. Simultaneous Motion Capture: Capture the movements of multiple individuals at once, especially in scenarios like sports, dance, and action sequences. Ensure the camera remains stationary during recording.
  2. Avoid Overlapping of Individuals: Ensure there are no sections in the video where individuals overlap. Overlapping may result in inaccurate or flawed motion capture.
  3. Limit to Fewer than 10 Individuals: For optimal performance, it's best to feature fewer than 10 individuals in the video.
  4. Maintain a Minimum Video Resolution of 720p: Videos with a resolution below 720p might compromise the motion capture quality.
  5. Stay Within 1000 Frames and Under 1 Minute: To calculate the total frames, use the formula: Total Frames = Video Duration (in seconds) x Video Frame Rate (fps).

Policy

  • The maximum size of a video that can be uploaded is 100 MB.
  • The maximum length of a video that can be requested for extraction is 9000 frames.
  • For Multi-person, we recommend having around 5 people in the video.
  • Single-person consumes 1 credit per frame. Multi-person consumes 3 credits per frame.
  • Plask Motion does not import animations from Model files.