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New press release from Vicon today, announcing three new products they’ll be demonstrating on the floor of SIGGRAPH next week.. First off is their new Blade2 software (shown to the right) that offers real-time motion capture with a new engine called “Axiom” that can handle multiple characters in realtime. Also, they’ll be demonstration two new tools : A handheld interaction device, and a new head-mounted facial tracking system named “Cara”.
Imogen Moorhouse, COO at Vicon says, The product line-up were showing at Siggraph this year is the result of years of research and development. Feedback from customers during our Alpha project for Blade has been invaluable to developing a product that, we think, will set a new industry standard for real time motion capture.
Get all the details after the break, or at Booth #729 next week.
If you’ve seen the new TRON: Legacy film then you saw the impressive scenes of the lightcycle races, and the fantastic crashes that resulted from them. That work was done by VICON House of Moves at their 26,000 square foot studio over two weeks of rehearsal and motion capture work.
The “TRON: Legacy” production crew spent five days rehearsing on the HOM stages followed by seven days of motion capture shooting. The crew shot high-impact stunt work along with more subtle body and finger poses, and movements of actors sitting on and riding the film’s signature Light Cycles at HOM’s 26,000 square foot studio. HOM was hired to contribute to the project based on the success of their previous collaboration with Grid Productions on motion capture shoots for the first “TRON: Legacy” teaser trailer that screened at Comic-Con 2008.
Get all the details after the break.
Vicon released boujou5 on Monday (August 31st), and plans to release the software installer for it next Monday (September 7th). The popular motion-tracking software has several improvements, including:
- New Automatic Sequential Solver. Previous versions of boujou took the entire shot into account before delivering a solve. Now, it can look at a single frame at a time, which not only enables the user to intervene, it can make the entire process much faster.
- A fully functional Graph Editor, which lets the user manually adjust the camera data and, if necessary, resolve. boujou 5 also provides the ability to lock valid sections of solve data or sections which are known to be correct, which animators can then use to improve other areas of the shot.
- The Reference Frames feature allows users to import still images taken with any camera and use them to assist in a solve.
via CGSociety – Vicon launches boujou 5.
Vicon will be at SIGGRAPH2009 showing the newest version of their popular motion tracking tool ‘boujou5′. In the new versiohn they’ve added sequential solvers that work per-frame, making it significantly faster and allowing human intervention, and new graph editors.
Phil Elderfield, Product Manager at Vicon explains, “Customers have been asking for greater control, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering with boujou 5. The new manual tracking tools will give users the ability to step in and work directly with the data. Even the trickiest shot can be solved in boujou 5.”
Full information can be found on vicon’s website.
via Vicon to showcase boujou 5 at Siggraph 2009 – BroadcastNewsroom.