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I wonder if there is a wooden manikin of this type: enter image description here

That is connected to a computer such as its position is reflected into the 3D model.

I feel like this type of interface would be more effective than using a keyboard and mouse to pose a human like character.

  • A maybe cheaper alternative to Pepe Ochoa's answer would be mocap using multiple Kinect devices (quite cheap) and subscription software. That means you're becoming the manikin yourself. – B.M. Nov 25 '17 at 1:41
  • Not exactly what you asked, but some people use midi controllers for animating poses: youtube.com/watch?v=F-ov6ATtx5U – AAGD Nov 25 '17 at 11:46
  • There is always yourself. While mocap suits are still in the 2-3k price range, people have been using kinect cameras to control armatures. For posing for still drawing purposes search your mobile app store for "sketch pose" to find several digital mannequins you can pose. – sambler Nov 26 '17 at 4:18
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It seems so! I know at least one, the Qumarion, offered by Celsys Inc., but from reviews in Amazon, it's not very good (and quite expensive). The video looked good, though...

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For myself, I use DCC tools and properly set up (with joint constraints) IK and FK models, and have no problems with posing them.

I'd get frustrated pretty quickly with a manually-posed-and-reposed model as it'd be really darn hard to iterate poses for animation.

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