MMD Gets Real-Time Motion Capture Add-on Using Kinect

Image source: 卵ごはん(96※P)
Image source: 卵ごはん(96※P)

Have an Xbox? Have Kinect? Have a computer w/ MikuMikuDance? Then you’re all set to start moving and have Miku follow your lead! Read on to see what has recently developed in the MMD world.

Higuchi Yū (user higuchuu on YouTube) posted a test video showing off the latest development in his program, which allows users to use Xbox’s Kinect add-on to capture their movements and have it interpreted as Motion Data for the MMD model.

Using his new driver, Higuchi posted the following video showing his first test on December 13th, which only followed the upper body’s movements.

On December 19th he uploaded his second test video, which showed off the full-body motion capture and announced the full download of the new driver on his website.

Also, in November the Japanese section of the graphics processor maker Nvidia announced that MMD had the new ability to support Nvidia’s 3D Vision setups for stereoscopic 3D videos. A video made by Higuchi himself was posted demonstrating the 3D ability; please note that Higuchi’s video uses the setup for the red/blue glasses, while Nvidia’s default setup uses liquid-crystal shutter glasses.

You can grab MMD for download over the the English MMD site. If you plan to use the Kinect setup, then you need to download the DirectX9 Ver. driver. And of course you can pick up an Xbox and the Kinect add-on at your local game, media, or online store.

Sources: Hatsune MikuMiku, Anime News Network article one and two, NVIDIAJapan’s Twitter account.

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34 thoughts on “MMD Gets Real-Time Motion Capture Add-on Using Kinect”

  1. I've been following this person since their earlier MMD Kinect tests, and I must say I'm overall impressed with how fast they released such a thing. GJ to Higuchi, and best of luck to him and anyone that plans to use this~

  2. hahaha!!! Miku punched Len in the head!! XD Len is my fav and i feel sorry for him but i had to laugh at that…. this is amazing though!!! aaaaah soo cooooooool!!!!

  3. He really did that fast! I kept my eye on him for a time to see how it would turn out! It didn't take that long at all! Well, in my opinion…

  4. YES!!! for a mmd user its a pain to do dance motion datas unless u have a butload of time. this solves everything!!! [lazy]
    len:wtf r u doing?!! the camera's still rolling!!

  5. I someone using Kinect on his PC, and he didn't ever own a Xbox 360.
    So Kinect will run without a 360.
    I have MMD with a cool Kinect button.
    Time to buy Kinect and have some fun.
    I do have a 360, but MMD looks to need the Kinect more 😀

  6. I think there should be a MMD version that can take motions through camera from the computer, because i think it’s pretty sad for people who don’t have an xbox360, because it would be ridiculous as hell to buy an xbox just to use this MMD version -_- MMD please make it so!!! TT_TT

  7. You no longer need an Xbox360 because of drivers like OpenNI that allow you to connect the Kinect directly to your PC.

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