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In this article, Yilu Li summarizes the ket notes of making Animations in CLO 3D.


CLO 3D pre-set Animation
1. You can make garment animation using the pre-made animation clips in the CLO local library. Please note that these motion files are only applicable with CLO default avatars.
The location of the motion files in the library
2. Before importing motion files, make sure that your 3D garments are in the desired condition and need no more simulation. Usually, you could check the garment drapes, collision, and High-Res Garment at this step.
3. Import the animation. Then go to the Animation Mode.
The animation mode
4. Record the garment animation.
5. Save the animation through 1) the Top Menu-File-Video Capture-Animation. 2) Render-Render Animation.
6. Please note that recording and rendering animations are time-consuming, and sometimes could take hours to finish. While making animations, I suggest keeping your devices in good condition without unused software open.

Making animations with Mixamo
1. The Mixamo is a handy online tool for 3D rigging and animating where you can find hundreds of pre-made 3D character animations. Visit Mixamo at:
The Mixamo
2. Export the CLO default avatar in FBX format. Select Exclude Rig in the export setting window.
The Export Settings
3. Upload the FBX file to the Mixamo and auto-rig the avatar.
A demonstration of auto-rigging the avatar
4. Download the unanimated but Mixamo-rigged avatar first. Then select and modify the animation on the uploaded avatar and download the animation file.
5. Go back to CLO 3D. Replace the default avatar with the Mixamo-rigged avatar you just downloaded.
6. Open a new CLO project. Import the animation FBX file you downloaded. And save it as a Joint Motion.
The Save Joint Motion Option
7. Open the joint motion file in the project in which the Mixamo-rigged avatar is.
8. Go to the animation mode to record the garment animation.

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