Avatar Rendering

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Digital 101 May 19, 2012 at 17:21

I want to know if it’s moderately easy to create an avatar system that works in 3D instead of 3D images, for example we currently use a 2D avatar system with a catalog where you can purchase items, but before exiting beta we would like to have 3D render characters. As a 3D artist I have no problem in creating these but putting them into the browser as a character is a different story.

If anyone knows some keywords I can search into for this or any help at all no matter how vague such as the programming language or methods of doing this, please share and I’ll be very grateful!

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geon 101 May 19, 2012 at 20:16

If you don’t know what to google for, it is probably not easy for you to do.

I’d probably try to do something with webgl, failing that, flash. Unity 3D could be an option if you don’t mind relying on an uncommon plugin.

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rouncer 103 May 20, 2012 at 00:39

3d avatars? whats wrong with 2d avatars?

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macnihilist 101 May 20, 2012 at 06:13

Sounds like x3dom (http://www.x3dom.org) could be the right thing for you.
It is basically an xml-encoded scene graph embedded in html.
It relies only on WebGL+JS, i.e. no plugins at all, the customers only need a reasonably up-to-date browser.
It is also declarative, i.e. you don’t have to ‘code’ the graphics part, you just specify what should appear where.

I work in the same department as the people developing it, so I might be biased, but you should definately check it out.

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Digital 101 May 21, 2012 at 18:14

@macnihilist

Sounds like x3dom (http://www.x3dom.org) could be the right thing for you.

Ah looks interesting, I will deffinetly take a look at it, thanks!