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Expressive Body Capture: 3D Hands, Face, and Body from a Single Image

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The original images used for the figures 1 and 2 of the paper can be found in this link. The images in the paper are used under license from We have acquired the right to use them in the publication, but redistribution is not allowed. Please follow the instructions on the given link to acquire right of usage. Our results are obtained on the 483 × 724 pixels resolution of the original images.


This repository contains the fitting code used for the experiments in Expressive Body Capture: 3D Hands, Face, and Body from a Single Image.


Run the following command to execute the code:

python smplifyx/ --config cfg_files/fit_smplx.yaml 
    --data_folder DATA_FOLDER 
    --output_folder OUTPUT_FOLDER 
    --model_folder MODEL_FOLDER
    --vposer_ckpt VPOSER_FOLDER
    --part_segm_fn smplx_parts_segm.pkl

where the DATA_FOLDER should contain two subfolders, images, where the images are located, and keypoints, where the OpenPose output should be stored.

Different Body Models

To fit SMPL or SMPL+H, replace the yaml configuration file with either fit_smpl.yaml or fit_smplx.yaml, i.e.:

  • for SMPL:
python smplifyx/ --config cfg_files/fit_smpl.yaml 
   --data_folder DATA_FOLDER 
   --output_folder OUTPUT_FOLDER 
   --model_folder MODEL_FOLDER
   --vposer_ckpt VPOSER_FOLDER
  • for SMPL+H:
python smplifyx/ --config cfg_files/fit_smplh.yaml 
   --data_folder DATA_FOLDER 
   --output_folder OUTPUT_FOLDER 
   --model_folder MODEL_FOLDER
   --vposer_ckpt VPOSER_FOLDER

Visualizing Results

To visualize the results produced by the method you can run the following script:

python smplifyx/ --mesh_fns OUTPUT_MESH_FOLDER

where OUTPUT_MESH_FOLDER is the folder that contains the resulting meshes.


Follow the installation instructions for each of the following before using the fitting code.

  1. PyTorch
  2. SMPL-X
  3. VPoser
  4. Homogenus

Optional Dependencies

  1. PyTorch Mesh self-intersection for interpenetration penalty
  2. Trimesh for loading triangular meshes
  3. Pyrender for visualization

The code has been tested with Python 3.6, CUDA 10.0, CuDNN 7.3 and PyTorch 1.0 on Ubuntu 18.04.


If you find this Model & Software useful in your research we would kindly ask you to cite:

  title = {Expressive Body Capture: 3D Hands, Face, and Body from a Single Image},
  author = {Pavlakos, Georgios and Choutas, Vasileios and Ghorbani, Nima and Bolkart, Timo and Osman, Ahmed A. A. and Tzionas, Dimitrios and Black, Michael J.},
  booktitle = {Proceedings IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
  year = {2019}


LBFGS with Strong Wolfe Line Search

The LBFGS optimizer with Strong Wolfe Line search is taken from this Pytorch pull request. Special thanks to Du Phan for implementing this. We will update the repository once the pull request is merged.


The code of this repository was implemented by Vassilis Choutas and Georgios Pavlakos.

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