July 30, 2006

Industrial Light & Magic adopts VICON MC

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has upgraded its VICON motion capture system to VICON MX. ILM has been a VICON

customer for nearly a decade.

VICON MX systems offer new levels of precision, performance, and practicality for motion capture within the entertainment field with CMOS sensors, on-board intelligent image processing, and 10-bit grayscale processing. ILM's upgraded system, already installed on the facility's campus at the recently opened Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco, CA, sees ILM updating to VICON's new top of the line with 40 VICON MX40s, the world's first four million-pixel motion capture cameras, according to company claims.

ILM has provided postproduction visual effects services to the entertainment industry since 1975. Motion pictures, commercials, trailers, music videos, and special venue projects have used ILM's artistry in techniques such as model making, matte painting, computer-generated imagery, digital animation, and a variety of related processes required in the production of visual effects.

ILM has been associated with 14 movies that have earned the Oscar for Best Visual Effects and has been awarded 17 technical achievement awards from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recent projects at the facility include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Mission Impossible III, Munich, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.