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Sony Animation Made Available Zombie Rig

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

Sony Animation Made Available Zombie Rig from Hotel Transylvania

At iPi Soft we pride ourselves on creating technology that is accessible to all users, not just professionals, but here’s something we came across that might appeal more to our advanced users.

Just in time for Halloween, Sony Animation has made a zombie rig from their hit animated film “Hotel Transylvania” available for download (on a very restricted basis of course).

We checked it out and it’s very complex, but we’d love to see what our users can do with it. Send us your best use of the rig and we’ll post on our Facebook page, and put it in the running for our monthly mocap contest with a chance to win an iPI Motion Capture software license.

Here’s a link to download the rig: https://secure.sonypictures.com/animation/hotelt/zombierig/videosubmissions/

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June Mocap Contest – Two Winners!

Posted on: July 15th, 2014

June contest is over. It was so tough that we decided that we will have a main prize and a special prize this month. And the winners are… Cornelio Natividad II with “Redfox” (Standard license) and FloresBrothersFilms with “Robby and the Giant” (Basic license). Congratulations!

The main prize:

Description from the author:

Almost all of the action animation were done using iPi soft motion capture and 6 Playstation cameras in my living room and backyard.

Behind The Scenes:

The special prize:

Description from the author:

95% of motion was captured with iPi Soft free trial.

March Contest Winner

Posted on: April 1st, 2014

We had a lot of discussions in our team regarding which is the best of submitted videos. Finally, we decided that the winner is Mikołaj Jagodziński with “Virtuo” piece!
Mikołaj has increased his chances by sending the “Behind the Scenes” accompanying video.
Congratulations!


Description from the author:
All character animations were created in iPi Motion Capture (except for the running sequence, animation of the head, wrist and fingers). I used four PS Eye cameras.

Motion Capture Technology:

Battle of Miridem

Posted on: November 6th, 2013

Modern 3D technologies allow you to create “Star Wars” at your desktop. “The Battle of Miridem” trailer, the winner of our October mocap competition is a solid confirmation for this.


Description from the author:

I’m using two Kinect cameras along with the standard edition of iPi software. I calibrated the two cameras with a flat rectangular plywood. Scenes in this trailer that includes animations that are standing still, walking and running is all done with recorded motion capture with iPiSoft. Some scenes are keyframed when it comes to certain delicate movements with hands and weapons. Scenes are rendered in 3ds Max and composed in After Effects.

 

Timothy W. Leeds — June winner of the iPi Soft Filmmaking Competition

Posted on: September 4th, 2013

Comments On Using iPi Mocap from June Competition Winner

Blending a simple story with complex animation, the winner of iPi Soft’s June filmmaking competition — “Shadow Boxing” – falls just short of a minute and a half. But in that small amount of time, director Timothy W. Leeds shows how much iPi Soft’s iPi Motion Capture markerless mocap solution can achieve in depicting a cinematic battle between a man and his super-powered shadow.

According to Leeds, a freelance artist and owner of the company Inviizion By Viizro, the creative spark behind the film was simply to test iPi Motion Capture with inexpensive Kinect sensors to see how it could be incorporated with his own animation. Exploring the exercise of shadowboxing, Leeds used the trial version of the software and a green screen, to record himself without a shadow and then CG one into the footage. The smoothness of the animated shadow character next to his live action footage led him to create “Shadow Boxing.”

“iPi Motion Capture allowed me to create this video in half the time it would have taken me to animate the shadow myself,” Leeds says, “and it gave the shadow character more natural movement.”

Leeds said that the biggest challenges he faced centered on the scenes in which he had to interact or physically fight with the shadow. He used iPi Soft to play back the shadowboxing portions of the video next to his green screen human self, and married the two elements seamlessly using Blender3D for all of the modeling and fire simulation, and Adobe After Effects to fine-tune the final look.

Leeds adds, “It took many takes and my arms and legs still ache from punching and kicking the air, but iPi Motion Capture helped me capture the natural movements of a human body”

For more on Leeds’ iPi Motion Capture workflow, visit www.inviizion.com.

May Contest Winner Shares His Opinion on iPi Mocap

Posted on: August 16th, 2013

May Contest Winner Shares His Opinion on iPi Mocap

Well-written dialogue and an intriguing use of the POV camera style help make “Craiglist Horror,” directed by Russell August Anderson, so memorable. The May winner of the iPi Soft-sponsored  monthly filmmaking competition has the intense feel of the opening to some popular crime procedurals like CSI or Law & Order, or perhaps a gritty indie film.

The three-minute piece begins with a man filming a woman sleeping inside a car while he comically debates the ethics of what he’s doing. We quickly learn they’ve accompanied the man’s actor brother to a remote film shoot in the desert. Shot POV style throughout, things take a suddenly real and violent turn, ending on a cliff-hanger that leaves viewers ready for the next scene.

A professional editor in commercials and film in Los Angeles, Anderson says “Craigslist Horror” came about as both a test of iPi Motion Capture software, and with the Source Filmmaker package from Valve that features the mocap software.

‘Craiglist Horror’ served as a proof-of-concept that the technology is getting to the point where filmmakers who aren’t insanely tech savvy can pre-visualize their ideas and use motion capture easily to get a feel for the visual flow of their story before shooting it,” Anderson says. “The script was a short film a friend of mine wrote and set aside because he was unsure whether or not it worked, so it seemed like the perfect candidate for a test run. The project helped me gain mocap experience that I’ll apply to my next pre-visualization project — a short film we’re shooting this month.

Anderson adds, “With iPi Soft I was able to act everything out beforehand and easily drop the mocap data into Source Filmmaker with DMX files. This was my first time using the software and the one Kinect setup was a breeze.

Precursors – July Competition Winner

Posted on: August 5th, 2013

July Contest Winner – “Precursors” sci-fi CG

Description from the author, Michael Davydov:

Almost every animation was made with the help of two Microsoft Kinects and an iPi Soft DMC. Except for running sequences and a few other animations, like the first shot with Guard standing in front of a door, animation of one Guard in ambush, close-ups.

Every animation was then refined with the build-in filters of iPi DMC, then brought into 3ds max CAT rig, and adjusted and refined further there.

We also used Endorphin to create ragdoll dynamics in the starship scene.

Kinects were upgraded with vibro-motors. One was made from a USB fan, and another was made from an old shaver. Vibrations helped to isolate pattern projections for each kinect, and make overall quality of recordings about 2 times better. Can’t wait to get my hand on Kinect 2.0, I hope iPi guys are ready to add support for them as soon as possible, after the release!

See video and making of: http://blog.ipisoft.com/2013/07/july-contest-and-the-winner-is.html

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Head Tracking with Sony Move Controller Tutorial

Posted on: March 8th, 2013

Jomario Murta’s tutorial shows a clever and innovative use of iPi Mocap Studio. Sony Move controller is used to track head! Submitted to iPi Monthly Competition.

iPi February Competition Winner: Chrome-Man Dancing

Posted on: February 28th, 2013

iPi February Competition Winner: Chrome-Man Dancing

We had a lot of discussions in our team regarding  which is the best of submitted videos. Finally, we decided that the winner is Kirill Zemskov with “Chrome-Man Dancing” piece!

Our congratulations!

Making of video:

iPi January Contest Winner Announced!

Posted on: January 31st, 2013

iPi January Contest Winner Announced! Our congratulations to Dane Toney!