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py-c3d

This is a small library for reading and writing C3D binary files. C3D files are a standard format for recording 3-dimensional time sequence data, especially data recorded by a 3D motion tracking apparatus.

Installing

Install with pip:

pip install c3d

Or if you'd like to use the bleeding-edge version, just clone the github repository and build and install using the normal Python setup process:

git clone https://github.com/EmbodiedCognition/py-c3d
cd py-c3d
python setup.py install

Usage

Tools

This package includes a script for converting C3D motion data to CSV format (c3d2csv) and an OpenGL-based visualization tool for observing the motion described by a C3D file (c3d-viewer).

Library

To use the C3D library, just import the package and create a Reader or Writer depending on your intended usage:

import c3d

with open('data.c3d', 'rb') as handle:
    reader = c3d.Reader(handle)
    for i, (points, analog) in enumerate(reader.read_frames()):
        print('Frame {}: {}'.format(i, points.round(2)))

You can also get and set metadata fields using the library; see the package documentation for more details.

Caveats

This library is minimally effective, in the sense that the only motion tracking system I have access to (for testing) is a Phasespace system. If you try out the library and find that it doesn't work with your motion tracking system, let me know. Pull requests are also welcome!

Also, if you're looking for more functionality than just reading and writing C3D files, there are a lot of better toolkits out there that support a lot more file formats and provide more functionality, perhaps at the cost of increased complexity. The biomechanical toolkit is a good package for analyzing motion data.

License

Distributed under the terms of the MIT license.

Copyright (c) 2010 Leif Johnson <leif@leifjohnson.net>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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