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perception

perception

MOTION Equals NOITOM in Mocap

Noitom’s Perception is a new inertia based Motion Capture (or Mocap) system available in North America. It’s very compact and can go nearly anywhere in its small traveling case. It is by far one of the most mobile units we’ve worked with.

Noitoms Perception, Motion Capture System

We’ve been testing Perception in our studio over the last few months and have been really surprised with how fast and easy it is to use. For us this was the real test because when you take new equipment to a production set or to a new venue for demonstration, you never know what technical problems could happen. Perception has 17 trackers to capture movement and can be easily placed on the body. After you set up a laptop and calibrate the markers via performing three poses the system,  it’s ready to go.

Noitoms Perception, Motion Capture System

Perception is supported by third party software like Autodesk Motion Builder, Maya, 3DS Max, Unity 3D and the Unreal Development Kit. You can purchase a system for yourself or you can utilize TNG’s Mocap service. It’s a fast and easy way to get the natural movement you want.

 

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The Freedom of Motion Capture

Over the last several years Motion Capture has taken the entertainment industry to a whole new level. Imagine The Lord of the Rings without Gollum or The Planet of the Apes without Caesar…hard to do. There are a number of systems out there that can capture motion using Optical Cameras and/ or Mechanical Cameras to create motion, and as technology evolves there will be a dozen more options to choose from.

As you begin the planning and creating of your next Motion Capture project, there are three additional elements that factor into the equation: time, quality, and cost. These three parts can feel like you’ve entered into the Devil’s Triangle, but we assure you, there’s always a way to achieve everything your project calls for.

motion capture, perception, noitom

We have been working with a company called Noitom that has taken a new direction with Motion Capture. The system is inertia based and eliminates the need for an array of massive cameras and instead creates an active area of capture. This does not mean that optical systems are not mobile, however, there is a lot more work to transport and room them, as well as setting them up. Although this may not be of concern on a very big project due to their reputation for great quality capture, if your project calls for one, two, or three people to be interacting in a smaller area, an easy to set up inertia based system may be a good fit.

Perception, motion capture

We are exploring all the capabilities and doing test captures to give you a fast and reliable experience. Once the markers are in place there are just a few calibrations and you’re off capturing incredible moves that you want to see in your project. The idea with this system is to have the moves planned and practiced ahead of time so you know exactly what you want to do and can move through quickly. Not to simplify things, but if all is done right from the start, it will be a more stress free experience.

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