Simplification and Real-time Smooth Transitions of Articulated Meshes
and Pierre Poulin
Proc. Graphics Interface 2001, June 2001
Simplification techniques have mainly been applied on static models. However in movie and game industries, many models are designed to be animated. We extend the progressive mesh technique to
handle skeletally-articulated meshes in order to obtain a continuous level-of-detail (CLOD) representation that retains its ability to be animated. Our technique is not limited to any simplification
metric, nor is it limited to generating models composed of a subset of the original vertices. It thus preserves the full simplification potential.
To further improve performance, we can use this CLOD representation and extract a discrete set of skeletally-articulated models. Each model can be independently optimized, such as by using
triangle strips. We can also use morphing between the different models in order to create smoother transitions. The result is a more accurate representation of animated articulated models, suitable for
Mesh simplification, skeletal animation, skinning, LOD, real-time rendering.
title = "Simplification and Real-time Smooth Transitions of Articulated Meshes",
author = "Jocelyn Houle and Pierre Poulin",
booktitle = "Graphics Interface 2001",
year = "2001",
month = "June",
pages = "55-60"
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