Poisson-Based Weight Reduction of Animated Meshes Academic Article uri icon


  • While animation using barycentric coordinates or other automatic weight assignment methods has become a popular method for shape deformation, the global nature of the weights limits their use for real-time applications. We present a method that reduces the number of control points influencing a vertex to a user-specified number such that the deformations created by the reduced weight set resemble that of the original deformation. To do so we show how to set up a Poisson minimization problem to solve for a reduced weight set and illustrate its advantages over other weight reduction methods. Not only does weight reduction lower the amount of storage space necessary to deform these models but also allows GPU acceleration of the resulting deformations. Our experiments show that we can achieve a factor of 100 increase in speed over CPU deformations using the full weight set, which makes real-time deformations of large models possible. 2010 The Eurographics Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

published proceedings

  • Computer Graphics Forum

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Landreneau, E., & Schaefer, S.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Landreneau, Eric||Schaefer, Scott

publication date

  • September 2010