Bind pose

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In computer animation, a bind pose, also known as a T-pose, is a default pose for a 3D model's skeleton before it is animated.[1]


The bind pose is primarily used the default pose in animation software, which is then moved to create animations.[1][2]

Outside of being default poses in animation software, bind poses are typically used as placeholders for animations not yet completed, particularly in 3D animated video games. [3] In some motion capture software, a bind pose must be assumed by the actor in the motion capture suit before motion capturing can begin.[4]

As an Internet meme[edit]

Starting in 2010 and resurfacing in 2017 the T-pose specifically has become a widespread internet meme due to its non sequitur appearance, especially in video game glitches where there would otherwise be an animation. [5]

In a prerelease video of the game NBA Elite 11, the demo was filled with glitches, notably one unintentionally showing a bind pose in place of the proper animation for the model of player Andrew Bynum.[6] Publisher EA eventually cancelled the game due to finding it unsatisfactory. NBA 2K17 later referenced this. [7]


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  2. ^ Scott-Jones, Richard. "Overwatch's highlight intros take 4 days to animate, last 5 seconds – watch it happen". PC Games N. Network N. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ Nelson, Jr., Xalavier. "How developers create cinematics". PC Gamer. Future US, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ Stuart, S.C. "This $2,500 Suit Simplifies Motion Capture for Filmmakers". PCMag. Ziff Davis, LLC. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ Hathaway, Jay. "How the 'T-pose' became a meme". The Daily Dot. The Daily Dot. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ 12/02/10 4:00pm 12/02/10 4:00pm. "How A Big Video Game Was Killed". Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  7. ^ Good, Owen S. "Six years later, NBA 2K still won't let EA Sports live down the NBA Elite 'Jesus' glitch". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 16 January 2019.