This node controls the Kinect Skeleton tracked from a Kinect 2 camera sensor.

If this node is hashed out with red, this means the node isn’t active for some reason. Usually :

  • Kinect isn’t on or hasn’t been connected to Notch.
  • Kinect Skeletons have not been enabled in the project settings window.
  • A suitable skeleton hasn’t been found yet (there is a slight delay with the Kinect 2 detecting bodies).

A skeleton stream (*.skel) file imported into resources can be applied for playback to the skeleton node with no active sensor required.
Capturing a skeleton stream file during sensor playback is performed from the Devices/Capture Kinect1/Kinect2/Kinect4 data menu or by using Alt+K (once to start, once to end recording).

To visualise the tracked skeleton joints and their orientations, make sure to enable bounding box visualisation “BB” in the Nodegraph and this node is selected in the scene graph.


Name Description
Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.
Position Y Move its position along the y-axis in local space.
Position Z Move its position along the z-axis in local space.
Rotation Heading Rotate the object about the y-axis.
Rotation Pitch Rotate the object about the x-axis.
Rotation Bank Rotate the object about the z-axis.
Scale X Scale along the x-axis.
Scale Y Scale along the y-axis.
Scale Z Scale along the z-axis.

Inherit Transform Channels

Toggle which transform channels should be inherited. By default, all are on.


Name Description
Kinect Skeleton Stream Kinect Skeleton stream (*.skel) resource for playback
Use Active Skeleton When enabled, automatically select the currently active skeleton.
Avatar Index Select which Skeleton to use from the avatar index. Only functional with Use Active Skeleton is disabled.
Input Skeleton Scale Scale the size of the input skeleton.
Smoothing How much smoothing is applied to the output skeletons motion.
Derive Rotations (Don’t Use Kinect SDK Rotations} Use internally calculated rotations instead of rotations from the Kinect SDK.
Mirrored Mirror the movements of the incoming mobcap data along the x axis.
Flip Z Flip the Z axis of the skeleton, to match a model with a flipped z axis.

Stream Attributes

Name Description
Stream Start Frame Start frame of Kinect Skeleton stream playback
Stream End Frame End frame of Kinect Skeleton stream playback
Stream Frame Rate Kinect Skeleton stream playback frame rate


Name Description Typical Node Input
Hierarchy Root Connect the skeleton root node to drive the rest of the skeleton from. Imported 3D Scene
Transform Modifiers Links all transform properties to the input node. Null
Target Node Always faces the x-axis towards the inputs anchor point. Null
Local Transform Override Override the transformation values of the node, relative to its parent. Null

Also listed are the joints for the rest of the skelatal system. To drive a node based on a specific joint, connect it to its relevant input.


The outputs section for this node is currently being worked on.