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Vicon iQ 2.0 Released

Vicon iQ 2.0, the newest version of Vicons motion-capture pipeline software, has been released. Vicon iQ provides an intuitive interface with all of the tools needed to manage, automate, capture and process an entire production. With Version 2.0, Vicon iQ offers a complete realtime environment for setup, calibration and capture with Vicon's ultra high-resolution Vicon MX systems. Vicon iQ 2.0 also takes full advantage of the unique grayscale power of Vicon MX cameras, with all-new processing algorithms to deliver the best accuracy, quality and processing times.

Vicon iQ 2.0 dramatically streamlines motion capture workflow, offering unprecedented precision when tracking complex interaction between multiple actors and significantly reducing the efforts previously required in editing the captured information with other systems and solutions. It will automatically process the most difficult multiple-character capture scenarios with rapidity and ease. Using all-new algorithms and a calibrated biomechanical and kinematic model of the actors and props being captured, Vicon iQ solves most of the ambiguities that typically exist with optical motion. At every step, Vicon iQ 2.0 provides the user with industry-leading quality assurance tools to ensure an intuitive and efficient workflow.

Key features include:* Support for realtime capture with Vicon MX systems, including Vicon MX3, Vicon MX13 and industry leading Vicon MX40 cameras* Realtime setup tools, camera optimization, calibration and diagnostics* Support for unlimited camera counts to meet production demands with simultaneous full-body, facial and hand capture for multiple-actor capture* Support for Timecode, Genlock and full synchronization for studio integration* Support for 10-bit grayscale for the most accurate marker identification* Groundbreaking calibration, 3D reconstruction, kinematic labeling and processing algorithms* Network licensing and automated batch processing.

"With our clients continuing to astound us with their production feats, we are driven to push Vicon technologies farther than ever before," commented Gary Roberts, vp, Vicon Feature Unit. "Unique grayscale processing algorithms onboard Vicon MX cameras and within Vicon iQ 2.0 delivers, for the first time, the ability for true performance capture the ability to efficiently capture and process hundreds of markers on the face and body simultaneously across multiple actors. Further speeding and easing the workflow, Vicon iQ 2.0 also provides realtime visualization of captured and processed data at all times alongside all new algorithms, which are already tripling throughput when compared to other systems. The combination of Vicon iQ 2.0 and Vicon MX systems really has to be seen to be believed."

Motion capture solutions from Vicon include high-resolution, high-frame-rate cameras built by Vicon specifically for motion tracking.

Vicon and its sister companies 2d3 and House of Moves contribute via their products and services to a wide range of television and film productions involving visual effects. Technologies developed by Vicon continue to enable groundbreaking creative firsts, such as last-years performance capture feature THE POLAR EXPRESS, starring Tom Hanks. Vicon received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in February 2005.

Vicon Motion Systems (www.vicon.com) 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.

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