Yesterday, September 4, 2020, we released the latest update to our AI: Gen3.1. With the release of Gen3, we signaled that all areas of our product were going to improve, including our FBX output. As the versioning suggests, while this is an upgrade to 3.0, version 3.1 doesn’t imply fundamental, visible, changes in our output. Rather, it’s the structure of our animation data that has improved.
Key benefits of Gen3.1:
Gen3.1 features an updated skeleton with more joints and a new naming convention that more narrowly conforms to industry standards. As a consequence, 3.1 improves the ingestion of our animation data across software environments, whether that’s in FBX format or as raw animation data.
In short order, we will also be releasing plugins that make the retargeting process for Blender, Unreal, and Unity even easier.
Transitioning from 3.0 to 3.1:
We understand many of our users have developed pipelines in reliance on the RADiCAL skeleton having a particular structure.
To help ease the transition, we’ve made a new 3.1 t-pose available in the download section. You can also see a diagram of the new skeleton and the naming convention below. As you start to align your pipelines for 3.1, we can promise that we don’t expect to make structural changes to our skeleton going forward. 3.1 will be our standard for years to come.
New RADiCAL Samples:
New RADiCAL Samples with free FBX downloads can be found here.
How to export legacy animation scenes:
If you need to export FBX animation data for legacy Gen2 or Gen3.0 results, you can do so through our website for a period of one month going forward, ie from today through early October 2020. The user experience is the same: simply hit the FBX download button on the completed scene page. After that initial transition period, from October 2020 onwards, exporting Gen2 or Gen3.0 results to FBX will require the help of the RADiCAL support team, so you should expect it to take more time. We therefore recommend you start exporting now.
Special note for Blender users:
For Blender users, please select automatic bone orientation under the armature settings when you import the FBX.