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Vicon reveals real-time optical motion capture

Vicon has announced the latest in motion capture technology - Vicon 8Rt. The final reduction in the production pipeline has been achieved with the Vicon 8 system, producing accurate optical motion capture in real-time. This marks a significant breakthrough in motion capture technology as Vicon 8Rt is not a previewer, but actually produces full body motion capture data without the wait. This system provides the highest standards of accuracy that Vicon 8 is famous for, and will render live characters in popular commercial animation packages including Avid, Softimage, Discreet, 3D Studio Max, Alias|Wavefront's Maya· and Kaydara's Filmbox·. This leap in technology optimizes the production pipeline for traditional motion capture use in film, episodic animation and gaming and now offers broadcast professionals a viable mo-cap solution for virtual sets and live broadcast entertainment .

"Real-time motion capture puts optical mo-cap under the directors complete control. On the set, rendered character animation allows instant performer feedback and in-plate direction of the animated character." Commented Julian Morris, Chairman, Vicon Motion Capture, "Real-time motion capture dramatically speeds up production time by putting motion data directly into an animation package for immediate project integration."

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