Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

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Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby blindsaypatten » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 pm

Yesterday I incorporated a MakeHuman model in a Samsung Gear VR environment using Unity. I'm just wondering if anyone else is working with MakeHuman models in VR? If so, for which VR hardware and using what software?
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby brkurt » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:50 pm

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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby joepal » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:29 pm

MH models work more or less out of the box with Unity, via FBX export. See ... them_there. Unity has a one checkbox solution for targeting VR headsets ("virtual reality supported", on or off), see ... r-overview.

Personally, I've ran Unity projects on oculus rift so far. This is a pretty smooth experience.
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby jorgeo » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:35 pm

I'm also using Makehuman for Unity, target platforms HTC Vive and Oculus right now.
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby jujube » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:45 pm

I recently got a gear vr, and I love it but I'm annoyed by the fact that there's no generic 3d model viewer on it. So now I have to 1. learn unity 2. learn how to get the unity games onto my phone.. so much learning /whine
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby CallHarvey3d » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:49 pm

there were some cheap/free apps that allowed import of textured objs that i had used a few years ago i havnt looked in awhile but i imagine there's more now with some gesture support.
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby ecke101 » Thu May 09, 2019 7:03 pm

Is there any chance Makehuman could support VR in the future? It shouldn't be so hard to implement.
I would try to modify the code if I could but I think it's too advanced for me.
There are OpenVR bindings for Python and a simple example how to get headset position and rotation.

Would be amazing to be able to preview characters in VR fast to get a better feel for how they really look.
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby joepal » Fri May 10, 2019 10:59 am

Without having looked, I'm guessing that our stone age OpenGL core would put in a few hurdles. It would probably have to be modernized first.
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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby ecke101 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:33 pm

I'm a total Python newbie but somehow managed to hack together a "working" VR viewer plugin for MakeHuman. There are some OpenGL errors in the log and it crashes if you close the window.. so if there is someone out there with an OpenVR-compatible headset who can help me that would be nice.

(2019-08-10) edit: Updated the code. Now it draws the body mesh colored by the normals.

You need to "pip install openvr" or install pyopenvr manually and have SteamVR installed. (in the "/plugins"-folder):
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#!/usr/bin/env python3
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import gui3d
import mh
import gui
import log
import numpy

from core import G

from openvr.glframework.qt5_app import MyGlWidget
from openvr.gl_renderer import OpenVrGlRenderer

from PyQt5.QtWidgets import QMainWindow
from PyQt5.QtOpenGL import QGLFormat

from textwrap import dedent

from OpenGL.GL import *  # @UnusedWildImport # this comment squelches an IDE warning
from OpenGL.GL.shaders import compileShader, compileProgram

from openvr.glframework import shader_string

class MHActor(object):
    def __init__(self):
        self.shader = 0
        self.vao = None
        self.humanchanged = False

    def updateVertices(self):
        self.vertices = []
        self.faces = []
        self.normals = []

        yOffset = -1 *'ground')[1]

        for obj in sorted(, key = (lambda obj: obj.priority)):
            # log.message(obj.isTextured)
            # log.message(obj.solid)
            # log.message(len(obj.verts))
            # log.message(len(obj.primitives))
            # log.message(obj.primitives)
            # log.message('---')

            if obj.vertsPerPrimitive == 4 and len(obj.verts)>4:
                for vert in obj.verts:
                for n in obj.norms:
                for fv in obj.primitives:

        self.faces = numpy.array(self.faces, dtype=numpy.uint32)
        self.vertices = numpy.array(self.vertices, dtype=numpy.float32)
        self.vertices = self.vertices * 0.1
        self.normals = numpy.array(self.normals, dtype=numpy.float32)

    def init_gl(self):
        vertex_shader = compileShader(
            layout(location = 0) uniform mat4 Projection = mat4(1);
            layout(location = 4) uniform mat4 ModelView = mat4(1);
            layout(location = 8) uniform float Size = 0.3;

            in vec4 position;
            in vec3 normal;

            out vec3 fnormal;

            void main() {
              gl_Position = Projection * ModelView * Size * position;
              fnormal = normal;
        fragment_shader = compileShader(
            out vec4 FragColor;
            in vec3 fnormal;

            void main() {
              FragColor = vec4(normalize(fnormal), 1.0);

        self.shader = compileProgram(vertex_shader, fragment_shader)


        self.vao = glGenVertexArrays(1)

        self.vertex_buffer = glGenBuffers(1)
        self.normal_buffer = glGenBuffers(1)
        self.element_buffer = glGenBuffers(1)

        glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.vertex_buffer)
        position = glGetAttribLocation(self.shader, 'position')
        glVertexAttribPointer(position, 3, GL_FLOAT, False, 0, ctypes.c_void_p(0))
        glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.vertices.size*4, self.vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW)

        glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.normal_buffer)
        normal = glGetAttribLocation(self.shader, 'normal')
        glVertexAttribPointer(normal, 3, GL_FLOAT, False, 0, ctypes.c_void_p(0))
        glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.normals.nbytes, self.normals, GL_STATIC_DRAW)

        glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.element_buffer)
        glBufferData(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.faces.nbytes, self.faces, GL_STATIC_DRAW)
        # glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.vertices.size*4, self.vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW)
        # glBindVertexArray( 0 )
        # glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, 0)
        # glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, 0)

    def display_gl(self, modelview, projection):
        glUniformMatrix4fv(0, 1, False, projection)
        glUniformMatrix4fv(4, 1, False, modelview)

        if (self.humanchanged):
            # log.message("human changed")
            glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.vertex_buffer)
            glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.vertices.size*4, self.vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW)
            glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.element_buffer)
            glBufferData(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, self.faces.nbytes, self.faces, GL_STATIC_DRAW)
            self.humanchanged = False

        glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES, len(self.faces), GL_UNSIGNED_INT, None)
        # glDisableVertexAttribArray(0)
        # glDisableVertexAttribArray(1)

    def dispose_gl(self):
        self.shader = 0
        if self.vao:
            glDeleteVertexArrays(1, (self.vao,))
        self.vao = 0

class VRWindow(QMainWindow):
    def __init__(self):

        self.setWindowTitle("VR test window")
        self.mhactor = MHActor()

        renderer = OpenVrGlRenderer(multisample=2)

        glformat = QGLFormat()
        glformat.setVersion(4, 1)
        self.glwidget = MyGlWidget(renderer, glformat, self)
    def closeEvent(self,event):
        #QMainWindow.closeEvent(self, event)

class VRTaskView(gui3d.TaskView):

    def __init__(self, category):
        gui3d.TaskView.__init__(self, category, 'VR')

        box = self.addLeftWidget(gui.GroupBox('VR'))
        self.aButton = box.addWidget(gui.Button('Open VR window'))
        self.vrwindow = 0

        def onClicked(event):
            self.vrwindow = VRWindow()

    def onShow(self, event):'VR plugin')

    def onHide(self, event):'')

    def onHumanChanged(self, event):
        if self.vrwindow != 0:
            self.vrwindow.mhactor.humanchanged = True

category = None
taskview = None

# This method is called when the plugin is loaded into makehuman
# The app reference is passed so that a plugin can attach a new category, task, or other GUI elements

def load(app):
    category = app.getCategory('Utilities')
    taskview = category.addTask(VRTaskView(category))

# This method is called when the plugin is unloaded from makehuman
# At the moment this is not used, but in the future it will remove the added GUI elements

def unload(app):

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Re: Using MakeHuman models in VR environments

Postby AnimationPrepStudios » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:54 pm

I have recently developed a free SteamVR mocap tool that allows custom Makehuman avatars (as well as Reallusion CC3 models) to be used. And by using this automated Custom Avatar Builder user's may add custom avatars, fit into them and begin creating recordings/playback from them. It include ability to export all recordings directly to a SceneLoader.blend file for easy Cycles/EEVEE rendering.

I have also added many helpful features including: story-boarder, full-body tracking, microphone lip syncing, facial expression controller/editor, body physics, props, firearms, VivePro Eye gaze/blink tracking support, and so on..

The official release can be found on Download Here.


Here's an example showing how to add custom Makehuman avatars:

And finally here's a short film I made using this tool:
Note, this was the first short film I ever directed, so it's far from great, but I created the entire thing in ~3 hours.
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