Polygon | Metahumans in Unreal

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Loading a Character


Step 1

Go to your Meta Humans folder. Drag the Character Blueprint into the scene

(loading all shaders can take a while)

Step 2

From the right side panel add a Manus Component to your meta human

Step 3

Create a new asset called Manus Skeleton. Save the skeleton in the character folder

Step 4

Set Motion Capture to ‘Full Body With Polygon’

Step 5

Depending on the gloves you are using you can enable or disable haptic controls

Step 6

By clicking the Manus Logo next to Manus Skeleton you can open the details for this skeleton.

From the dropdown list select your Skeletal Mesh

Step 7

Enable ‘Used for Polygon Full Body Tracking’

Bone Mapping


Step 1

Reset the values for the following bones; Spine, Chest, Upper Chest, Neck and Head.

And everything from Left Shoulder down.

Step 2

Manus only uses 3 spine bones so to divide them over the 5 bones in the Meta Human.

You have to assign only Spine Bones #1, 3 and 5.

Step 3

Manus only uses one neck bone. Assign this to neck bone #2

Step 4

Assign all arms, hands and finger bones.

Finalizing the setup


Step 1

In Meta Humans Body Mesh Create an Animation Blueprint.

Step 2

Within the Animation Blueprint create a node with Manus Live Link Pose.

Step 3

In the Manus Live Link Section assign the skeleton you created to the Manus Skeleton

Step 4

Set Motion Capture to Full Body with Polygon.

Step 5

Make sure the Manus Dashboard User Index is the same as in the Manus Component

Step 6

Press Compile

Step 7

From the right side panel in the Animation section make sure the Animation Mode is set to Use Animation Blueprint and the Animation Class is set to the Animation Blueprint you just created

Step 8

Select your meta human from the viewport

Step 9

From the right side panel in the character tree go to Body (Inherited)

In the Animation section set the Animation Mode to Use Animation Blueprint

Step 10

And for Anim Class set the same blueprint as in the Manus Component

Step 11

Press Play

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