Vicon Advances Vicon MX Motion Capture With Hardware Enhancements

VICON announced a new set of hardware advancements for its VICON MX motion capture solutions. These new features simplify high camera-count motion capture set up, automate simultaneous live-action footage capture, provide powerful and production-friendly near-infrared strobes and round out the MX line with a two million-pixel, full grayscale MX camera, VICON MX20+.

"Using VICON MX motion capture systems day in and day out and tackling complex production challenges for film, television and game clients, we welcome these improvements and are particularly excited about what they mean for the ease of vertically scaling up our systems, syncing motion capture with video capture and making performance capture scenarios even more productive and powerful," stated Scott Gagain, exec producer, House of Moves.

VICON's recent hardware enhancements include:* VICON MX 20+ a new MX camera model offering twice the resolution of competitively priced optical motion capture cameras, with two million-pixel capture and all of the breakthrough full-frame 10-bit grayscale processing of VICON MX.

* New surface mount near-infrared (NIR) strobes offer double the power and let customers use NIR while realizing greater and more uniform illumination in the capture zone. The strobes work with both new and existing MX cameras and enhance user- and performer-friendliness and the ability to see detail.

* MX Ultranet a new hardware unit streamlining connectivity for VICON MX systems. Customers can connect up to 245 VICON MX cameras in a single system, support and sync multiple sub-systems and PCs, have direct General Purpose Input Output (GPIO) and capture DV/DCam video fully synchronized with motion capture without additional hardware components and controls.

* MX Sync new hardware that syncs motion capture and video capture for applications such as biomedical analysis where frame-by-frame alignment is vital.

* Completely lead-free motion capture in a benefit to clients and capture sessions and to comply with new and expected regulations, all MX cameras and control boxes are now lead free.

"With these hardware enhancements VICON MX even further eclipses other motion capture solutions," said Tom Tolles, worldwide entertainment product marketing, VICON. "We are supporting higher camera counts, greater power, accuracy and sync with other production and analytic tools, while also improving the experience as clients configure and capture with VICON MX. In a nod to the times, we've also taken the opportunity to re-design our VICON MX cameras and control boxes so that the circuitry is now fully lead free."

The VICON MX line of cameras now consists of VICON MX40+, MX20+, MX13+ and MX3+. VICON MX40+ offers the ultimate in accuracy and detail with the world's first four million-pixel motion capture camera. VICON MX13+ provides ultra-high speed capture with 1.3 million pixels and speeds up to 2,000 frames per second. VICON MX3+ offers a combination of versatility and value for customers working on a limited budget.

VICON Motion Systems is a subsidiary of OMG plc with global headquarters in Oxford, U.K., and U.S. headquarters in Lake Forest, California. OMG subsidiary 2d3 Ltd. produces innovative visual geometry software deriving 3D data from moving images. Since 1984, VICON has been providing professionals with the latest tools to accurately capture the subtleties of three-dimensional human motion for research, medicine, sport, engineering, game development, broadcast and film. For more information, visit www.vicon.com.

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