Friday, May 26th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Rokoko Studio 2.4 now does retargeting

Rokoko has released Rokoko Studio 2.4, the latest version of its motion-capture software, designed for processing mocap data recorded using the firm’s capture systems like the Smartsuit Pro II.

The update makes it possible to retarget animation inside Studio, rather than having to do so in a DCC application, enabling users to stream motion data directly to a custom 3D character.

Paid subscribers: retarget mocap data to a custom 3D character
Rokoko Studio 2.4 introduces the option to import custom 3D characters in FBX format, with support for common skeletal layouts, including the HumanIK layout used by Blender, Mixamo and Autodesk software; iClone; and the Unreal Engine mannequin.

Motion data – either recorded or streamed live – can then be retargeted to the custom character.

Rokoko describes the retargeting as “fairly simple”, being mainly aimed at previewing capture data, but there are options to mirror the data, and to adjust the offset of the character’s shoulders and neck.

Both custom character import and retargeting are only available to users with paid Plus or Pro subscriptions, the price of which has risen with the update.

All subscription: workflow improvements and better support for livestreaming tools
New features available to all Studio users include the option to copy and duplicate scenes, and to enable UDP Trigger Messages to sync captures with streaming software like OBS Studio.

Streamers also get experimental support for VRChat and VMC data protocols.

There are also a number of workflow improvements: you can find a full list via the link at the foot of this story.

Price and system requirements
Rokoko Studio 2.4 is compatible with 64-bit Windows 10+ and macOS 11.0+. Integration plugins are available for Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini, iClone, Maya, MotionBuilder, Unity and Unreal Engine.

Starter accounts are free, but don’t include the integration plugins for streaming data to DCC software, or the option to import custom 3D characters, and don’t receive active product support.

Since the previous release, Rokoko has removed the option to export data in BVH format from Starter accounts, which now only support FBX export.

Paid subscriptions add more advanced features. Plus subscriptions cost $25/month, up $5/month from the previous release; Pro subscriptions cost $60/month, up $10/month from the previous release.

Read a full list of new features in Rokoko Studio 2.4 in the online release notes