Corvallis, Ore. - GDC 2011 marks the release of a new advancement in accessible motion capture: the OptiTrack V120:Duo and V120:Trio tracking systems from NaturalPoint.
As the role of motion capture in virtual production expands, OptiTrack is offering game developers and animation studios optical tracking technology priced to meet an independent budget, but powerful enough to drive AAA development, says a representative.
Designed for desktop-friendly motion capture, the Duo and Trio offer the power of multi-camera, six degrees of freedom (DOF) object tracking in a single, plug-and-play package. Each tracking system is self-contained and factory calibrated for out-of-the-box tracking that is simple to use, but still offers the accuracy and flexibility of optical tracking technology.
"As game developers are increasingly under pressure to create compelling content within shorter development cycles, motion capture technology offers animators a tool for rapid, realistic content creation," says Jim Richardson, NaturalPoint president and OptiTrack’s lead engineer. "But only OptiTrack provides that production efficiency at a price that is accessible to studios of all sizes. And with our new tracking bars, we are offering users our most affordable and convenient motion-capture system to date."
Free license of Tracking Tools motion tracking software (a savings of $799)
Compatibility with OptiTrack's Insight VCS virtual camera plug-ins
Simple I/O, with a single cable for power and data transmission
Stream (VRPN, trackd, NatNet) or save (.C3D, .CSV) motion-capture data
External sync in/out via the included I/O-X sync box, for compatibility with shutter glasses and other hardware devices
Support for OEM integration via the Tracking Tools API
Live, hands-on demonstrations of the V120:Trio as part of a virtual camera pipeline will be available at the OptiTrack GDC booth (#1132) from March 2 through 4, 2011 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.
The V120:Duo and V120:Trio will ship in Q2 2011, and are priced at $1,499 and $1,999, respectively.