Mocap Files From the Backrooms Cinematic

Posted on October 2, 2022

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to get my hands on motion capture equipment. And in May of this year it finally happened. I bought Perception Neuron 2.

To test it out I decided to create a short cinematic, with walking and gesturing. So I came up with this silly idea of a backrooms tour going wrong.

In early August I rented a dance room here in Moscow and conducted a pretty clumsy motion capture session, where I recorded various gestures and general movements. Then I ran all the data through Axis Neuron and Blender, did a little clean-up and retargeting, and then imported it all into Source Filmmaker. And so, "Backrooms - Intermission" was born.

Despite all the problems that have occurred during recording and clean-up, I am quite happy with the end result. And I definitely intend to improve my workflow.

Now here's the most important part: I'm releasing the majority of the motion capture data I recorded under CC0 1.0 Universal license for everyone to use. The following archive contains 27 .bvh files ready for further clean-up and editing.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. Well, majority of these files have corrupt data: misaligned feet, arms or fingers, frame skips, jitter and so on. But I think that this data may still be useful to someone.

Download from Google Drive (.zip)
Download from Dropbox (.zip)

These files run at 60 frames per second, so don't forget to adjust your scene's frame rate. For Blender retargeting I recommend using Rokoko's Blender Addon, which is exactly what I used for my video. The rest pose is T-Pose.