The Skeleton object is the starting point for mocap and skinned mesh workflows in Disguise. A skeleton consists of a rigged structure of bones, which is either provided by a tracking source or imported from a rigged FBX mesh. These bones can be moved to deform a skinned mesh within Disguise or sent over RenderStream to control a Skeleton in an external render engine.

Creating and editing a new skeleton

  1. In the stage editor, under Skeletons, click the + button to add a new skeleton with a default bone structure.

  2. Use the Mesh field to select an FBX rigged mesh for the skeleton. In this example, a flag mesh has been used.

  3. In the Appearance separator options can be set to control the rendering of the skeleton in the visualiser, for example showing or hiding the bones and the mesh.

  4. In Joints separator allow the skeleton to be posed manually by adjusting bone offsets and rotations.

Setting up a skinned mesh for a projection surface

  1. Find or create an FBX file which contains a single rigged mesh and copy this into the project’s objects/Mesh folder.

  2. Create a new skeleton and select the FBX mesh in the skeleton’s mesh field.

  3. Create a new projection surface and select the mesh named after the skeleton (not the original FBX mesh).

  4. Try moving the skeleton’s bones using the manual posing controls in the skeleton editor. The mesh should deform in both the skeleton and the projection surface.

  5. To align the projection surface exactly with the skeleton, add the projection surface as a child of the skeleton and set the surface’s offset and rotation to zero.

  6. If you want to hide the skeleton mesh, set the Display mode under Appearance to Hidden.

Please note: FBX files containing multiple meshes are not currently supported.


Controlling a skeleton using tracking data

To use tracking data to control a skeleton’s bones, you will need to create a skeletal tracking source or driver. Available tracking sources include: