Vicon transforms motion capture with intelligent new camera platform
Vantage combines industry-leading mocap technology with intelligent, accessible design
OXFORD, UK 30 June 2015 – Vicon, the motion capture (mocap) technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life sciences industries, today announced the launch of its intelligent new flagship camera platform, Vicon Vantage. Drawing on over 30 years’ of motion capture experience, the Vantage platform combines industry-leading technology with accessible design to open up motion capture to a broader audience.
Advances in camera technology have led to a burgeoning demand for mocap across an ever wider range of applications - from traditional uses such as creating characters in CG environments and sports biomechanics research to more diverse applications, for instance, tracking robots and drones, sportswear design and immersive shopping experiences. To meet the needs of a diversifying audience, Vantage combines advanced, powerful features with added intelligence, making it easy to use and accessible for this new generation of motion capture applications.
Intelligence in motion capture
Vicon Vantage has been intelligently designed to work cohesively with each of its components to provide up to the minute information to the system operator. Crucially, it continuously monitors its performance with a host of new sensors, giving the user visual feedback through the on-board camera display, in the software and on Vicon’s new tablet application, Control. This gives users the opportunity to make adjustments on the fly, ensuring a ‘right first time’ approach.
The Vantage range not only continues Vicon’s long-held, industry-leading 16 megapixel resolution, but also includes completely re-engineered processing algorithms and tracking capabilities that fundamentally improve performance over previous generations. This powerful combination of features captures a much higher quality of data, providing key benefits to the entertainment, engineering and medical sciences industries.
Free from the capture PC
Vicon’s new Control iOS app frees the user from the capture PC. Operators can remotely change camera settings, calibrate, and start and stop capture, turning what was traditionally a multiple crew setup into a one person job. By implementing touch sensitive commands, Vantage cameras can simply be selected and monitored in the Control app in real time – providing users with a highly efficient and flexible system.
‘Our new range of Vantage cameras has been designed to provide for a much wider range of user requirements,” said Imogen Moorhouse, CEO at Vicon. “Vantage paves the way for the future of motion capture. It’s an intuitive system which provides more information to its users than ever before – enabling a new generation of customers to fully harness the power and abilities of the cameras alongside the best software in the business.”
Notes for editors – About Vantage
- Available in three models – V16, V8 and V5 three resolutions, 16, 8 and 5 megapixels
- Vicon Control will be available in July from the App Store and will be coming to Android soon
- Sensors include an accelerometer for camera selection, knock detection and screen display orientation, and thermal sensors that detects changes in the camera temperature that could affect the system’s performance
- Connect to a power source and sync with a PoE+
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Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems and match-moving software. It serves customers in the CG animation, engineering and life sciences industries, as well as those in the film, visual effects, video games and broadcast television sectors.
Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., the technology group providing computer vision products and services for the entertainment, life sciences, engineering and consumer electronics markets. Other holdings include: OMG Life, our IP licensing business; and Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management.
Among many others, Vicon global clients include:
Engineering: European Space Agency, BMW, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, ETH Zurich, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, NRL, UPENN GRASP, MIT, Ford and General Motors Entertainment: Framestore, Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, SEGA, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM and USC Life Sciences: Imperial College – London, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre - Oxford, Headley Court, University of Western Australia, Adidas, Digital Human Research Centre - Japan, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Shriners, Marquette, UMich and Red Bull