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Vicon Launches Valkyrie Motion Capture System

Mocap tech specialists deliver a new cutting-edge flagship camera range with 4 models ideal for use in applications ranging from in-camera VFX to biomechanical modeling, responsive VR experiences, and sessions that utilize active markers.

Motion capture technology specialist Vicon has launched Valkyrie, its new flagship camera range with four models the company claims are the world’s highest quality motion capture systems. They further state that the cameras capture motion more faithfully and accurately than ever before, paving the way for a new wave of innovation and discovery across all motion capture markets.

Designed to work with Vicon’s software solutions for the life sciences, visual effects, location-based virtual reality, and engineering sectors, Valkyrie completes the company’s ecosystem for motion capture users.

Vicon reports that the camera’s range includes a 26-megapixel (MP) model and a high-speed capture mode at up to 2,000 Frames Per Second (FPS). Combined with the new varifocal lens, it delivers a greater fidelity in human motion capture and unlocks a previously unmatched capture quality.

Further, the Valkyrie-enabled systems are said to power motion capture projects with robust data without needing further processing or “clean up” with the enhanced self-healing and calibration, ensuring customers can focus on their work rather than on the technology.

The technology allows academics, scientists, and researchers to track even the fastest moving objects and for filmmakers and game designers to create more realistic and immersive experiences.

The full Valkyrie range comprises:

  • VK26: The flagship model covers the largest volumes with its 26MP and native 150FPS, suited to Virtual Production and in-camera VFX applications.
  • VK16: This model offers the highest frame rate per megapixel at 16MP with a native 300FPS and supports complex biomechanical modeling and engineering use cases.
  • VK8: Offering the highest native frame rate of 500FPS and the best cost per megapixel at 8MP, the model can capture the fastest moving athletes and objects (footballs, baseballs, etc.).
  • VK-X: This model supports the most compelling and responsive VR experiences and applications that utilize active markers.

Vicon CEO Imogen Moorhouse commented, “Whether it is medical researchers using our technology to analyze increasingly complex motion, for example, in spines or shoulder joints, or filmmakers rapidly adopting virtual production techniques – our customers are at the cutting edge of the use of motion capture. With Valkyrie, we will support their growing needs and demands with the most advanced motion capture systems ever seen.”

“In challenging times, the Vicon team has created an industry-leading set of features providing high fidelity, intelligence, automation, and a technical robustness which combine to create a new degree of usability, speed, and accuracy,” continued Moorhouse. “With every design decision we’ve taken, we have focused on empowering the global community of motion capture users to take their work into the next level. With Valkyrie, our customers are going to play a massive role in driving forward a new era of motion capture innovation and exploration.”

Additional information is available here.

Source: Vicon

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.