OptiTrack and The Future of Virtual Filmmaking

Category: Siggraph
OptiTrack, in conjunction with Autodesk, is demonstrating how to create a cost-effective virtual production pipeline that will easily integrate into existing workflows. Live demonstrations featuring OptiTrack and Autodesk products are available at the OptiTrack booth (#701) and Autodesk booth (#500). Featuring real-time data streamed between the OptiTrack and Autodesk booths, joint demonstrations showcase how body motion capture (from OptiTrack ARENA software) and virtual camera work (from the OptiTrack Insight VCS) can be combined with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Face Robot to create a comprehensive computer-generated film sequence. Demonstration attendees will also be able to: see and use a productized version of the Insight VCS, a virtual camera system similar to the one used for the movie Avatar; learn how to combine a motion-capture solution with Autodesk software to create a production-quality pipeline; and understand how to integrate body, face, and virtual camera animation with character and environment models to create a cohesive and compelling computer graphics (CG) film sequence in a short amount of time.

The Insight VCS will ship in late summer 2010. Pricing for the camera rig ranges from $199 USD to $5000 USD. Software plug-ins to MotionBuilder and Maya for OptiTrack systems are $1,000 USD. Universal plug-ins for other motion capture systems are $2000 USD.

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