NI mate and Animata

Animata: the real-time animation editor

Animata is an open source real-time animation software from the good people at Kitchen Budapest. It was designed for creating animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theatre and dance performances. In contrast with the traditional 3D animation programs, creating characters in Animata is quite simple and takes only a few minutes. On the basis of the still images, which serve as the skeleton of the puppets, a network of triangles is produced, some parts of which we link with the bone structure. The movement of the bones is based on a physical model, which allows the characters to be easily moved.

The peculiarity of the software is that the animation - the movement of the puppets, the changes of the background - is generated in real-time, making continuous interaction possible. This ability also permits that physical sensors, cameras or other environmental variables can be attached to the animation of characters, creating a cartoon reacting to its environment. For example, it is quite simple to create a virtual puppet band reacting to live audio input, or set up a scene of drawn characters controlled by the movement of dancers.

Animata offers native support for the OSC protocol and has been tested to function with NI mate.

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