Physics-Based Motion Retiming

James McCann, Nancy Pollard , and Siddhartha Srinivasa
ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, 2006.

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By changing only the playback timing of a motion sequence, an animator can achieve a variety of effects that alter our perception of an event. In some scenarios, it may be important to consider physical properties of the motion when retiming (e.g., to preserve physical plausibility). However, existing retiming solutions can be quite time consuming when physical parameters are considered. This paper presents an interactive method for creating optimal motion retimings that takes into account physically based constraints and objective functions. We achieve fast performance through a precomputation phase where constraints are projected into the two-dimensional space of velocities and accelerations along the input motion path. Unlike previous approaches, our precomputation technique allows for rapid computation of plausible contact forces that result from retiming, and it also accommodates changing physical parameters. We demonstrate our approach by creating physically plausible results for changes in motion duration, manipulations of the gravity vector, and modifications of character limb masses.

animation, physically-based animation, simulation, character animation

Sponsor: NSF
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Quality of Life Technology Center, National Robotics Engineering Center, and Center for the Foundations of Robotics
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Personal Robotics
Number of pages: 10

Text Reference
James McCann, Nancy Pollard , and Siddhartha Srinivasa, "Physics-Based Motion Retiming," ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, 2006.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "James McCann and Nancy {Pollard } and Siddhartha Srinivasa",
   title = "Physics-Based Motion Retiming",
   booktitle = "ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation",
   year = "2006",