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Italy's lumiq Studios Installs Vicon Mocap System

(June 28, 2004)

VICON, the leading developer in motion capture, is pleased to announce installation of a VICON optical motion capture system at one of the largest, most active audiovisual and multimedia hubs in Europe, Italy's LUMIQ Studios. The Torino-centered site, which develops television, feature film, commercials and multimedia applications, adds precision, portability and flexibility to its workflow with a VICON solution based on 18 extreme-accuracy VICON MCam2 cameras and VICON's data processing software iQ. 

LUMIQ Studios' VICON setup will be put to immediate use on several key projects, including a 52-episode television series and an animated feature film, both in production.


"As one of the biggest production facilities in Europe, we need tools that enable us to handle multiple, high-level projects simultaneously," said Sebastian Sylwan, Chief Technology Officer at LUMIQ.  "Because we also specialize in high-level research and professional training and are constantly introducing new technology to the Italian market, we also always need to be on the leading edge.  In seeking a motion capture solution, we conducted thorough comparisons, recording and ordering out data with both VICON and competing systems.  Our conclusion was that VICON stood above the rest, especially in its pipeline integration and batch processing features.  We also saw in VICON a responsive company, which is a real plus in terms of service and support."

Housed in an 800-square meter space, the VICON system will be used with fixed and mobile rigging to form a capture volume on one of LUMIQ Studios' large sound stages.  Extra lenses and illuminators, along with separate tripods for each camera, will allow LUMIQ Studios the flexibility to customize its setup and take its VICON system on the road as needed for portable, wireless operation in the field.  The facility will also use a VICON-based rig for its facial capture needs.

One of LUMIQ Studios' upcoming television projects involves producing character animation across 52 episodes of a new show.  Each episode is 20 minutes long and includes up to 15 different characters.   The studio's feature film currently in progress is the animated "Donkey.Xote" an Italian-Spanish co-production.  Created in a cartoon style, the movie includes some big battle scenes, which might be achieved using the benefits of VICON motion capture.

LUMIQ Studios' partner VR&MMP (Virtual Reality & Multimedia Park) will as well be exploiting the system for its R&D, high-level training and technology transfer activities, which also take place in the over-8000-square-meter installation space.

"VICON is a great fit for LUMIQ Studios, not only because this site has numerous ambitious character animation projects under way, but also because it is one of Europe's great showplaces for the use of new production tools," said VICON's Robin Pengelly.  "Here, operators and creatives alike can explore the latitude of these tools and learn how to deploy them in real productions.  They can achieve very high-end work without having a huge motion capture staff and additionally lead the way with research towards non-traditional, experimental uses of motion capture beyond just animating a character."

VICON's motion tracking solution consists of high-resolution, high-frame-rate cameras built by VICON specifically for motion tracking. The cameras are powered and driven by a datastation that processes video from up to 24 VICON cameras and powers the strobe lights used to illuminate the small and lightweight reflective markers that serve as tracking points.  This is all controlled by VICON iQ software, which outputs the 3D position and orientation of many objects or bodies across a TCP/IP network stream. Systems can be configured to incorporate a variety of the company's cameras for any application or environment, including film, TV, games and virtual reality applications.

About LUMIQ STUDIOS and VR&MMP
LUMIQ Studios conceives, develops, produces and co-produces high-tech products for the character animation, cinema, TV, advertising and multimedia applications, exploiting the facilities of a technical infrastructure that places it at the forefront of digital production facilities worldwide.  LUMIQ Studios is supported by an investment of 40 million Euros and occupies a total surface area of more than 8,000 sq mts. www.lumiq.com

VR&MM Park develops and promotes the technological, cultural and economic contents of multimedia, and especially the use, applications and services of Virtual Reality for the advancement of enterprise-related content and activities. Its four main divisions ­ Virtual Reality, New Media, Mixed Realities and Training ­ are based out of the same building compound as LUMIQ Studios in the Municipality of Turin, Italy. www.vrmmp.it

About VICON
 VICON Motion Systems is a subsidiary of OMG plc (LSE: OMG) with global headquarters in Oxford, UK, and US headquarters in Lake Forest, CA. OMG subsidiary 2d3 Ltd. produces innovative visual geometry software deriving 3D data from moving images. Since 1984, VICON has been providing professionals with the latest tools to accurately capture the subtleties of three-dimensional human motion for research, medicine, sport, engineering, game development, broadcast and film. For more information about VICON, or to view a comprehensive list of worldwide distributors, visit www.vicon.com or contact +44 (0) 1865-261800 in the U.K. or (949) 472-9140 in the U.S.


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