Importer script for BVH
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LICENSE Added GPL license file Sep 27, 2012 Updated README Sep 27, 2012 Update Aug 13, 2013

BVH Importer Script

By Jeroen Hoolmans


BVH Importer script for Maya. Copyright (C) 2012 Jeroen Hoolmans

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


When working with motion capture data you may come across .bvh files. These files are BioVision Hierarchy files ( that hold skeletal information and frame by frame animation.

This script is used to directly import the .bvh files and create a joint structure when needed. No need to load this file inside of MotionBuilder or equivalent and export it to a Maya supported format like FBX.


Since this is a python script you can easily run the script from a python tab inside the script editor. But if you are frequently using this script I recommand installing the script in the Maya scripts folder.



Mac OSX:




When the script is in place, launch or restart Maya. Go to your script editor, open a Python tab and run the following code:

import bvh_importer



Helping me develop this script even further is highly appreciated!

Some ways of contributing:

  • Report any bugs by going to Issues.
  • Request features at Issues, click 'New Issue' then add the label 'feature request'.

Developers can Fork this repo at GitHub

  • Create a new branch called 'feature name'.
  • Make your changes.
  • Do a Pull Request and get some coffee!


Any questions related to this script can also be posted at Issues. I will get to you as soon as possible!