Personal media in Second Life

August 29, 2006

Make your own SL animations with Avimator and Qavimator

Filed under: Avatars — Signore Iredell @ 6:25 pm

QAvimator is a simple, open source tool for creating and editing avatar animations for Second Life. It started as a Qt port of Vince Invincible’s Avimator. If I’m not wrong, both Avimator and Qavimator are free software; they are available (in alpha stage) for GNU/Linux, Mac Os X and Windows.

I read some documentation and started playing around with Animator. The application seems simple and user-friendly. I chose a photograph of a human pose (thanks, 29man!) and in less than an hour I managed to make this pose. Well, there is a begin.

Female Pose for Second Life



  1. Gwyneth Llewelyn (comment taken at said about them:

    “Avimator ( is a simple BVH generator created by SL resident Vince Invincible. It is a rather good one (for something which is free, open source, and runs under Windows, Mac and Linux). Qavimator ( is a derivative work by ninjafoo Ng, since Vince has stopped his development on Avimator, which was supposed to be a proof of concept anyway. Most of the code was created over a weekend, and after 3 weeks, a fully-fledged product was created — one that is tiny, blindingly fast, and stupidly simple to use. Since it was specifically developed having Second Life in mind, it’s not surprising that it works so well, and is popular with many amateur animators — you can grab a copy of it so easily (and for all platforms! — neither Poser nor DAZ|Studio work under Linux, for instance). While it’s deceptively simple to use, it isn’t a “broken” application or a very limited one — indeed, many have reported doing very complex animations using Avimator, as complex as the ones done in Poser. Personally, I enjoyed launching it and tweak a bit until I managed to get a pretty cool animation done in perhaps just 5 minutes — no searching for menu options, no need to hunt for a manual, no complex key combinations to learn, no problems in having checkboxes on the wrong dialogue box, etc. Easy to use. Easy to understand. Fast. Free”

    Comment by Signore Iredell — September 26, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  2. How do you make the animation a pose so its not moving? and how do you get it to loop?

    Comment by Kourtney — March 19, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

  3. do you know the reason why i can’t upload animations fully? with head and shoulders animations, but without the rest. ??

    Comment by estelle — July 11, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

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