Developer: nikbin
Created: January 13, 2016
Requires: Windows, Autodesk Motion Builder 2016

Leap Motion 3D Jam 2015 entry

Using a Leap Motion Controller as the input device, the Hand Capture plugin captures hands and fingers movement in real time directly inside Autodesk MotionBuilder 2016.

The captured movements can be assigned to hands and fingers of 3D characters or assigned to different properties of any object (for example the movement of eyes and mouth of a character, the color and transparency of an object’s material, …)

Hand Capture plugin creates a character hierarchy that is compatible with MotionBuilder’s character mapping. It also supports characterization with a single click, so there is no need to manually retarget the animation of hands and fingers to 3D characters.

In addition, Hand Capture plugin exposes grab strength and pinch strength of left and right hands to MotionBuilder. Animators can use relation constraint and connect output values of these properties to input plugs of other animation nodes in the scene.

Hand Capture plugin also supports recording of the animation, for saving it to the disk or using as a “Take” inside MotionBuilder.

After installing the plugin you can access it from:
Autodesk MotionBuilder 2016 > Asset Browser > Templates > Devices > Hand Capture.


Windows (tested on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10)
Leap Motion Controller
Autodesk Motion Builder 2016

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For installing the program you should run setup.exe and select the root folder of Autodesk MotionBuilder 2016 as installation path (Autodesk MotionBuilder should be already installed on your computer).