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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:

 

Inside Tips of Mocap Acting

Posted on: June 18th, 2015

Inside Tips of Mocap Acting

The Mocap Vaults founder, Oliver Hollis-Leick, is a 13-year mocap acting veteran that has worked on over 80 videogame and movie titles, with roles in such films as Iron Man 2StardustTotal RecallHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixGodzillaHerculesFred Clause among many others.

In his interview to Digital Production BuZZ he talks about the challenges that motion capture actors are facing and about the new opportunities that iPi Motion Capture provides for them.

There is actually a revolution happening in motion capture, thanks to the companies like iPi Soft. I can take a Kinect camera, and just put it on a tripod in a room with actors. None of them need marker suits. I can record their performance and the key see it on screen within a minutes on a character.

 

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:

Stalingrad

Posted on: January 6th, 2014

iPi Mocap was used to create crowd motions in Russia’s most commercially successful film, war epic “Stalingrad”. This is the story of love and heroism in the middle of the World War II greatest battle. The film was created in IMAX 3D, and includes 230 shots with visual effects. Many of them are quite long, taking approximately 30 minutes of overall screen time.

I put the Kinect near my workstation, and played out the movements I needed, immediately transferring them to the soldiers. Alexander Lipilin, Animation Supervisor of the Main Road|Post, explains. It was convenient. Guys at iPi Soft made the program, which was a unique solution for markerless mocap of the body with the use of Kinect. There is no equivalent of this technology yet.

Here you can find detailed description of how VFX had been created, and what challenges VFX artists met during production:

http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/16324

Stalingrad-plane

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.

New iPi Motion Capture Promo Video

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013

New iPi Motion Capture Promo Video:

Great usage of recently released hand tracking from Seed Crystal Games

Posted on: December 20th, 2012

Great usage of recently released hand tracking from Seed Crystal Games:
http://www.seedcrystalgames.com/portal/motion-capture-with-hand-tracking/

Great Christmas piece from iPi contest winner Nicolas Brunet

Posted on: November 26th, 2012

Great Christmas piece from iPi contest winner Nicolas Brunet, its making of is here