LOS ANGELES – Wild Capture, a volumetric technology platform and creative services studio for the creation of digital humans, has announced several spatial media development initiatives, partnerships, and high-end immersive activations.
Launched in 2020 by filmmaking and VFX visionaries credited with pushing the evolution of new media productions for over two decades, Wild Capture is introducing the 'Digital Human Platform' to develop XR technologies and offer turnkey production services for the creation of digital humans, volumetric crowds and CG fashion for media production, software and web-based deliveries.
The Wild Capture platform relies on an array of volumetric tools that give creators the ability to execute high concept creative projects with volumetric performances. Its proprietary volumetric capture and post-production processes are compatible with leading acquisition technologies, including industry partner 4DViews and others.
As the result of its strategic partnership with the XR Foundation, the Digital Human Platform features the Universal Volumetric(UVol) web streaming player, a cross-platform, open-source framework for web-based volumetric video. Co-developed by Wild Capture, the company is now offering commercial servicing of UVol used for the playback of digital humans in virtual space -- described as watching a hologram on your phone. It will soon have the ability to comport to Unity, Unreal Engine, and other media platforms.
According to Wilfred 'Will' Driscoll, Wild Capture co-founder and CEO, the company has excelled in its ability to create high-quality volumetric captures that break the uncanny valley, essentially generating a digital twin of each performance.
"It's an exciting time for volumetric video, digital humans and their place in the modern era of digital communication and spatial media," says Driscoll. "Wild Capture's collaboration with strategic partners and investment in our development pipeline for volumetric fashion, crowd systems and UVol, ideally positions us to standardize and prepare for next-generation web-based spatial media needs as we continue to execute high-end activations."
In 2021, Wild Capture entered into a joint partnership with Atlanta-based Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University to bring high-quality volumetric activations and digital humans to market. Aimed at providing advanced technologies such as XR filmmaking and motion capture, CMII operates as an educational facility for advanced technology workforce training and collaborates with media and creative industry enterprises moving into new technologies.
The partnership takes advantage of Wild Capture's spatial media expertise and on-site production services to bolster CMII's volumetric capture stage and production setting to accommodate the formidable Atlanta film and television industry. It also showcases Wild Capture's centerpiece Digital Fashion Toolkit that customizes fashion assets such as wardrobe changes and clothing color and the capabilities of its Cohort Crowd Kit, a library of volumetric crowd performances used to create lifelike crowds in volumetric video.
Wild Capture also has produced assets for hundreds of captures for clients in the immersive space.
These include XR, CG fashion for e-commerce, virtual live events and NFT's for metaverse activations, and live-action filmmaking with volumetric digital humans for VFX.