Multi-Layer Level of Detail For Character Animation [article]

Yann Savoye, Alexandre Meyer
2008 Workshop on Virtual Reality Interactions and Physical Simulations  
Real-time animation of human-like characters has been an active research area in computer graphics. Nowadays, more and more applications need to render various realistic scenes with human motion in crowds for interactive virtual environments. Animation and level of detail are well explored fields but little has been done to generate level of detail automatically for dynamic articulated meshes. Our approach is based on the identification of three interesting layers for run-time level of detail
more » ... character animation: the skeleton, the mesh and the motion. We build a Multiresolution Skeletal Graph to simplify the skeleton topology progressively. In contrast with previous works, we use a Dual-Graph Based Simplification for articulated meshes, where the triangle decimation is driven by the triangle compactness, to build a dynamic, continuous, progressive and selective mesh level of detail. We also present Power Skinning to ensure the stability of Linear Smooth Skinning, during the simplification, with an efficient multi-weight update rule. Finally, the methods and results are reviewed and approaches for future improvements are mentioned.
doi:10.2312/pe/vriphys/vriphys08/057-066 dblp:conf/vriphys/SavoyeM08 fatcat:hqvk7eujrzcjvd54ijrncidfma