We’re bringing you speed and enhanced data quality in our latest release

Hand Engine 1.3.0 software release

Announcing Hand Engine 1.3.0

Announcing Hand Engine 1.3.0

Speed, fidelity and life-like motion capture allows creators to produce beautiful life-like animations.

You’ve told us that high-fidelity and the quality of your hand data allows you to create beautiful animations. You’ve also told us that time and efficiency are important when using our hand solution in production. So, with our latest version of Hand Engine 1.3.0, we focused on enhancing the features that would have the highest impact on your business: speed.

Speed, fidelity and life-like motion capture allows creators to produce beautiful life-like animations.

You’ve told us that high-fidelity and the quality of your hand data allows you to create beautiful animations. You’ve also told us that time and efficiency are important when using our hand solution in production. So, with our latest version of Hand Engine 1.3.0, we focused on enhancing the features that would have the highest impact on your business: speed.

Key features of this new release

Export full body FBX files from Hand Engine 1.3.0

Export a full body FBX from Hand Engine

You can now choose to export either just hand data, or hand data as part of a full body skeleton. This dramatically speeds up how you merge Hand Engine data as you can import a full body skeleton, therefore removing the need to add hands to an existing skeleton before retargeting.

We have created recommended workflows so you can get started straight away:

Retargeting and Merging Pre-Recorded Hand Data Animation with Body Data Animation in:

Export a full body FBX from Hand Engine

You can now choose to export either just hand data, or hand data as part of a full body skeleton. This dramatically speeds up how you merge Hand Engine data as you can import a full body skeleton, therefore removing the need to add hands to an existing skeleton before retargeting.

We have created recommended workflows so you can get started straight away:

Retargeting and Merging Pre-Recorded Hand Data Animation with Body Data Animation in:

Get higher quality hands in seconds

Get high quality hands in seconds 

We want to help you deliver not only better hands but also a faster workflow, so every software upgrade includes an enhancement of our Express Calibration feature. Once again, we have focused our attention on the thumb and finger spread and this time there’s been a special focus on capturing bend of spread fingers. 

Detail is everything – and now you can capture even higher quality nuance and expression in less than a minute. 

Get high quality hands in seconds 

We want to help you deliver not only better hands but also a faster workflow, so every software upgrade includes an enhancement of our Express Calibration feature. Once again, we have focused our attention on the thumb and finger spread and this time there’s been a special focus on capturing bend of spread fingers. 

Detail is everything – and now you can capture even higher quality nuance and expression in less than a minute. 

Hand Engine goes it alone

Hand Engine now operates as a standalone app 

We have migrated Hand Engine from being a browser-based experience to being a standalone application. Anyone who has accidentally closed a browser tab or looked at the amount of RAM used by their web browser will immediately appreciate how much faster this new version of Hand Engine will be.

Hand Engine now operates as a standalone app 

We have migrated Hand Engine from being a browser-based experience to being a standalone application. Anyone who has accidentally closed a browser tab or looked at the amount of RAM used by their web browser will immediately appreciate how much faster this new version of Hand Engine will be.

Ready to accelerate production?
Ready to accelerate 
production?

Detailed release notes

1. Major Enhancements and Features

Migration of Hand Engine to Standalone Application

Run Hand Engine without the need for a Chromium-based browser e.g. Chrome or Edge.

New Express calibration model

New model with improved performance. Improved splay behavior during finger bend.

Option to export recording to full body FBX or two individual hand FBX

Allows flexibility in regard to how the FBX data can be integrated into different offline workflows for merging hand and body data in third party software.
! This feature will require the same update to glove and dongle firmware as in Hand Engine 1.2.0.

2. Other features

Preview feature: Hand Engine streams out Pose information
Pose ID, Pose Name, Pose Confidence and Active State for key Poses in Pose Detection and Hybrid Mode via TCP Stream. Updated Unreal Engine, Unity3D, MotionBuilder and Maya Plugins can receive this information. Login to your account for the latest plugins:

  • Unreal Plugin 01.00.05 (please note this plugin has also been updated for UE 4.27)
  • MotionBuilder Plugin 01.00.17
  • Unity Plugin 01.00.03
  • Maya Plugin 01.00.02
Raw data files (CSV files) include column headers for joint angle information.
Set default Express Calibration time to 15s (for existing users this will not change the timer settings they have already set).
Warning pop-up when glove and dongle firmware is out of date. Warns user that recording of data may be corrupted if firmware is out of date.

3. Bug Fixes

  • OptiTrack Timecode fixed when Motive and Hand Engine running on same PC.
  • UI added to set OptiTrack Local IP Address for listening to Timecode from Motive.
  • SD Card Recorded CSV Files can now be exported into an FBX via File Playback.

4. Known Issues

Manual export of recorded CSV file will use Take Name set in Hand Engine rather than the Take Name used in the CSV file name.

1. Major Enhancements and Features

Migration of Hand Engine to Standalone Application

Run Hand Engine without the need for a Chromium-based browser e.g. Chrome or Edge.

New Express calibration model

New model with improved performance. Improved splay behavior during finger bend.

Option to export recording to full body FBX or two individual hand FBX

Allows flexibility in regard to how the FBX data can be integrated into different offline workflows for merging hand and body data in third party software.
! This feature will require the same update to glove and dongle firmware as in Hand Engine 1.2.0.

2. Other features

Preview feature: Hand Engine streams out Pose information
Pose ID, Pose Name, Pose Confidence and Active State for key Poses in Pose Detection and Hybrid Mode via TCP Stream. Updated Unreal Engine, Unity3D, MotionBuilder and Maya Plugins can receive this information. Login to your account for the latest plugins:

  • Unreal Plugin 01.00.05 (please note this plugin has also been updated for UE 4.27)
  • MotionBuilder Plugin 01.00.17
  • Unity Plugin 01.00.03
  • Maya Plugin 01.00.02
Raw data files (CSV files) include column headers for joint angle information.
Set default Express Calibration time to 15s (for existing users this will not change the timer settings they have already set).
Warning pop-up when glove and dongle firmware is out of date. Warns user that recording of data may be corrupted if firmware is out of date.

3. Bug Fixes

  • OptiTrack Timecode fixed when Motive and Hand Engine running on same PC.
  • UI added to set OptiTrack Local IP Address for listening to Timecode from Motive.
  • SD Card Recorded CSV Files can now be exported into an FBX via File Playback.

4. Known Issues

Manual export of recorded CSV file will use Take Name set in Hand Engine rather than the Take Name used in the CSV file name.

Ready to accelerate production?

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