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New Release, Prices Reduced for 3-Year Subscriptions

Posted on: April 25th, 2016

New Release, Prices Reduced for 3-Year Subscriptions

Our team continues delivering new features to the Version 3 of iPi Motion Capture along with further price reduction.

New! The latest releases of iPi Mocap Studio and iPi Recorder include multiple useful enhancements:

  • checking and visualizing background quality during recording
  • warning on substantial change in the background during recording that could lead to tracking errors
  • recording performance optimizations
  • increased tracking quality for actors with adjusted proportions
  • improved UI for light settings
  • improved UI for calibration including manual adjustment of coordinate system
  • enhanced ground detection quality checks
  • other features

3-year Subscription Prices Reduced! To make our solution more affordable, we decided to substantially reduce pricing for 3-year subscriptions. Please find below the new permanent prices. Volume and academic discounts can be applied as usual.

Product Period Price Direct Order Link
iPi Studio Pro 3 Years $3,227 $2,495 Buy Now
iPi Studio Basic 3 Years $932 $695 Buy Now
iPi Studio Express 3 Years $257 $195 Buy Now
iPi Biomech Add-on 3 Years $1,337 $995 Buy Now

 

iPi Mocap Becomes Key Creative Weapon For Popular YouTube Show «Death Battle»

Posted on: April 18th, 2016

iPi Motion Capture Becomes Key Creative Weapon For Popular YouTube Show «Death Battle»

With Viewers Per Episode Numbering In The Tens of Millions, Show Creators Integrate Markerless Motion Capture TooI Into Increasingly Challenging Workflow

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 Apr 18, 2016iPi Motion Capture, the leading markerless motion capture solution created by iPi Soft, has been added to the creative arsenal of the hugely-popular YouTube show “Death Battle” seen on ScrewAttack!, the production studio / entertainment brand under the Rooster Teeth umbrella, which creates content focused on gamer culture for YouTube and their website. Season Three of the show, which attracts tens of millions views per episode, recently premiered featuring a new, more sophisticated post production workflow anchored by iPi’s game-changing mocap tool.

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“Using motion capture is a relatively new addition to the overall production process behind our 3D fights,” Torrian Crawford, Lead 3D Animator / Action Director for the hit online show, says. “It’s made making animation for humanoid characters a lot easier and provides a great base for any adjustments. The multi camera setup has also proved to be a great tool for creating non-motion capture animation references.”

Each episode of “Death Battle” imagines a fight to the death between pop culture’s deadliest characters. Told in a tongue-in-cheek, comedic way, the show features a “pre-game” section in which (much like a typical boxing broadcast), a hyper-sounding announcer outlines each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. From there it’s time to rumble, with videogame style animation showcasing the often intricate fight sequences.

Crawford noted that the Austin, TX-based production has used iPI Motion Capture in concert with 6 PlayStation Eye cameras and 3 PlayStation Move controllers on ten episodes in the new season, featuring enhanced use of 3D animation.

“I have been using the software to lay down base animations for all realistic and sometimes non-realistic movements, stunts and actions,” Crawford explains. “The content is then saved and imported into Autodesk 3Ds Max where it is cleaned up and edited to fit the needs of the scene and characters.”

Crawford noted that iPi Motion Capture software proved essential on a recent episode featuring the character Dante (video game character from “Devil May Cry”) vs. Bayonetta (a videogame character) in which Crawford and his team needed to capture a large amount of the fight choreography and stunts.

“The affordability of iPi Motion Capture was huge for us,” Crawford says. “My experience with iPi Soft was so positive we decided to build out our in-house animation department and mocap studio using it. The software’s simplicity, flexibility and ease of use gives me the ability to track multiple people without the need for expensive suits or marker placement.”

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iPi Motion Capture in action on “Death Battle”:

AWE Company Podcast at PixelHub and and DigitalProductionBuzz on Fort York VR Project

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

AWE Company Podcast at PixelHub and DigitalProductionBuzz on Fort York VR Project

Srinivas Krishna of AWE Company has created exceptional virtual reality content to recreate the historic Fort York site in Toronto. Using iPi Mocap and other off the shelf tools, visitors can experience history using Google Cardboard in a new, immersive way.

Listen to the Pixel Hub podcast to learn more.
https://pixelhub.simplecast.fm/episodes/24118-episode-43-using-virtual-reality-to-recreate-historic-experiences

And watch the interview to DigitalProductionBuzz:

Saxxy Award-Winning Short Unlocks Full Potential of iPi Mocap

Posted on: January 5th, 2016

Saxxy Award-Winning Short «Together We Stand» Unlocks Full Potential of iPi Motion Capture

NoxStudio’s Epic Animated Fantasy Short Wins Valve-Sponsored Award in Drama Category

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 Jan 5th, 2016 iPi Soft is pleased to announce that its markerless iPi Motion Capture software solution was used by Croatia-based animation company NoxStudio to create the 3D machinima short film that received a prestigious 2015 Saxxy Awards in the Drama category. Sponsored by video game developer Valve, the competition now in its fifth year honors content based on the company’s Team Fortress 2 and other video games that showcase the use of its Source Filmmaker movie-making tool.

NoxStudio’s three-minute animated film entitled «Together We Stand», directed by Igor Dudjak, uses a series of epic landscapes and stunning fantasy creatures, both human and animal, to tell the story of former enemies putting aside their differences and fighting together against a common threat.

Although the project marked the first time Dudjak used iPi Soft technology, it became a key part of the content creation workflow involving nearly 60 hours in total to capture the complex motion. Working alongside it was Source Filmmaker to build the sets, process the animation and renders for the final project.

“Literally, within just a few hours I could see the potential of iPi Motion Capture for creating motion that was unique, not generic,” Dudjak says. “There were many action and fighting sequences in the film and the software did a great job at quickly capturing the motion and making it easy to export into the formats we were working in.”

The primary requirement of the Saxxy Awards is that the film be finished using Source Filmmaker’s rendering tools, with the winners voted by Valve’s Steam Community Hub.

“Winning a Saxxy Award feels unreal, since it was the first time we ever submitted,” Dudjak adds. “I can’t even start to express the level of positive impact it has had on me. Going forward, the only thing I can do is prove to those who voted for «Together We Stand» and work even harder on my future projects.”

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Christmas Discount 2016

Posted on: December 21st, 2015

Christmas Discount 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please accept iPi Soft team’s warm wishes for the coming New Year 2016! We hope this will be a cool year, full of creative achievements and exciting discoveries!

Limited-time offer! We’ll be honoured to know that our products help you unleash your creativity. To contribute more to this, we offer you special 30% discount to all our product line! This offer is valid till Jan 10th, 2016.

To order at the discounted price, just put coupon code NY302016 into “Your coupon code” field of on-line order form. Note that this discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Please enjoy this Christmas-mood dancing video from Victoria Nesterenko, contestant of iPi Mocap Competition:

Source Filmmaker Saxxy Awards 2015 Winner Used iPi Mocap

Posted on: December 9th, 2015

Valve’s SFM Awards 2015 Winner Used iPi Mocap

NoxStudio, our customer from Croatia, has recently won very prestigious Valve’s Source Filmmaker Saxxy Awards 2015 in Drama nomination.

Really cool video made with SFM and iPi Motion Capture, using Dota 2 characters.

Our congratulations to the winner!

Saxxy Awards 2015 page: http://www.sourcefilmmaker.com/saxxyawards2015/

Winning video:

 

Improved Workflow for Kinect v2

Posted on: November 24th, 2015

Improved Workflow for Kinect v2

Recent release of iPi Mocap Studio 3.2.5 and iPi Recorder 3.1.3 includes recording and using Kinect v2 sensor tracking data for:

  • Detecting number of actors
  • Detecting actor heights
  • Detecting T-Poses and creation of takes
  • Setting initial pose for detected T-poses
  • Setting initial pose for the beginning frame of the Region-of-Interest
  • Warning on presence of people in sensor’s view during recording of the background

Documentation on the new features:

http://docs.ipisoft.com/Using_Tracking_Data_from_Depth_Sensors

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AWE Create Historic-Themed Virtual Reality Content For Toronto’s Fort York

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015

iPi Soft Motion Capture Software Helps Mobile Content Developer AWE Create Historic-Themed Virtual Reality Content For Toronto’s Fort York

Markerless Motion Capture Technology Plays Key Role In Bringing Past

To Life At Nine Acre Fort York National Historical Site

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Nov 23rd, 2015 – History buffs who have wondered about witnessing great moments in time are one step closer thanks to Toronto-based mobile content developer AWE, that used iPi Motion Capture, the leading markerless motion capture solution developed by iPi Soft, to create a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience at the Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto. Using Google Cardboard, visitors to the nine-acre location in Toronto will be able to experience key battle scenes, military fortifications and the significant role that Fort York has played in the country’s history in a simulated, immersive 3-D environment.

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“Fort York is the largest historic site in Toronto and they wanted to create a dramatic visitor experience that spanned across the entire site, both indoors and out,” explains Srinivas Krishna, AWE’s CEO and the Director of the project (produced through Krishna’s production company Divani Films, Toronto). “We created content that, when viewed on a mobile phone using Google Cardboard, immerses visitors inside a 360-degree environment that recreates historical events from different eras that occurred right where visitors are standing. It’s a fun and powerful experience.”

Perhaps most memorable is the pivotal role Fort York played during the War of 1812, when the U.S. navel ships attacked the fort, which was then under the control of the British army. To re-create that experience, along with several other noteworthy events that occurred at the site, Krishna designed a workflow that leaned heavily on iPi Motion Capture.

Krishna explained that project, which initially began three years ago, included creating animated model rigs for the multitude of characters that would be seen virtually. Built using Unity’s 3D Game engine, the character models, as well as the environments (designed to look like Fort York at the time) were animated using Maya. That content was then composited with the motion capture action sequences filmed using iPi Motion Capture, along with facial mocap data captured using Mixamo Face Plus.

“On the production side, we had a real problem because of the huge number of characters the client wanted represented,” Krishna says. “It became a challenge on many levels.  We wondered how are we going to create our 3D models and use motion capture in a cost effective way. iPi Soft proved great for this type of large-scale amount of footage on a modest budget. Markerless mocap is perfect for broad strokes, and as a filmmaker I found working with it to be a marvelous creative experience.”

While it would seem historical sites like Fort York are perfect for these types of virtual reality experiences, Krishna notes that the project was a bit of a risk given that when they started Google Cardboard wasn’t yet on anyone’s radar.

“We started developing this in 2012, which actually turned out to be good timing because we were able to think creatively and implement while at the same time the ecosystem for VR was developing,” Krishna adds. “We see this as a game-changer in this arena, and I think more historical sites around the world are going to be interested in creating these types of experiences for their visitors.”

For iPi Soft’s Founder and Chief Technology Architect Michael Nikonov, the Fort York project represents yet another way innovative companies are unleashing the creative power of markerless motion capture.

“Virtual reality is the buzzword of the entertainment industry today,” Nikonov says. “That’s why it’s so encouraging to see how creative companies like AWE and Divani Films are able to harness the power of our markerless motion capture technology to produce one-of-a-kind virtual reality experiences that audiences can enjoy now.”

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About AWE:

At AWE, their mission is to enable people to interact in ways that are new and imaginative using their mobile devices. They build new software applications and enable new experiences. Their line of Augmented World Engines™ let users fill the world with characters, stories, and amazing new ways to play and learn – and share these experiences within camera-enabled mobile devices. AWE software applications and services are based on proven technologies and methods developed in collaboration with scientists from Ryerson University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. http://awecompany.com

About Divani Films:

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toronto, Srinivas Krishna’s Divani Films Inc. has a twenty-year history of successfully developing, producing and selling film, television, cross-platform and other motion picture media productions. The company has produced and sold numerous hours of Canadian television, along with feature films and several shorts. Its films have screened in the official selection at Toronto, Sundance, Cannes and numerous other film festivals and have been distributed worldwide. Buyers of company productions include Alliance Atlantis, CBC, CTV, Bravo!, Movie Network, Movie Central, ARTV, Bravo!, APTN, HBO Cinemax, Channel Four, SBS Australia, Star TV Networks, Hong Kong, Strand Releasing, Wellspring Media, Icon Entertainment International and Warner Home Video. Company productions and co-productions have been supported by Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Alberta Film Development Program and SaskFilm. http://divanifilms.com/

About iPi Soft

Moscow-based developer, iPi Soft LLC, develops powerful markerless motion capture software technology that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s software is used by creative professionals and prosumers around the world to digitize the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it expressive in 3D characters for video games, computer generated films, as well as for medical, military and other applications. For additional information on iPi Soft, product pricing, product configurations or a 30-day free trial please visit http://www.ipisoft.com

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Media Contacts: 

Ambient PR, Vicky Gray-Clark, vicky@ambientpr.com, +1 408-318-1980

Right Word Media, Ray Ecke, ray@rightwordmedia.com, +1 973-726-3797

Oliver Hollis-Leick on Motion Capture Demands & its Future

Posted on: August 14th, 2015

Oliver Hollis-Leick on Motion Capture Demands & its Future

Oliver Hollis-Leick, the Founder of The Mocap Vaults, is a 13-year mocap acting veteran who has worked on over 80 video game and movie titles, with roles in such films as “Iron Man 2,” “Stardust,” “Total Recall,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Godzilla,” “Hercules,” “Fred Clause,” among many others. Hollis-Leick shares his thoughts about the specific creative skills motion capture demands and how software tools like iPi Motion Capture is helping change how motion capture content is created.

His interview is published on ProductionHUB and Immersed in Movies Blog.

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iPi Studio Release 3.2.3

Posted on: August 8th, 2015

iPi Studio Release 3.2.3

The latest release of iPi Studio includes visual bone picker that makes selection of bones much more convenient, improved background subtraction for records made with Kinect 2 sensors and other enhancements.

Read more: http://docs.ipisoft.com/iPi_Mocap_Studio_Release_Notes#ver._3.2.3.190

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