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REALVIZ To Launch New Tracking Products At SIGGRAPH

SMART technology brings radical performance levels to new product range (July 27, 2005)

REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, has confirmed that they are to launch the first applications from their new range of tracking products "Powered by SMART" at the Siggraph exhibition in Los Angeles, USA this month. The new product collection includes version 4 of the Company's acclaimed tracking software, MatchMover Pro 4, MatchMover Pro 4 Motion Capture and 2 new automatic 3D tracking plug-ins, MMTrack for Autodesk 3ds Max & MMTrack for Maya. The products will be available from August 2005. REALVIZ will be demonstrating the SMART products, as well as version 2 of their 3D previz and storyboarding software, StoryViz at booth #1161 throughout Siggraph at the Los Angeles Convention Center (2-4. Aug. 2005).

"Powered By SMART" SMART ('Scalable Matching Architecture for Tracking') is a powerful new automatic tracking kernel, based on new generation algorithms, which brings radical performance increase to the REALVIZ tracking products. This new technology, which debuted at NAB 2005, provides 2D tracking up to 6 to 10 times faster than previous engines, whilst simultaneously making optimum use of available processing power. SMART also produces much higher quality feature tracks than previously, more steady, with a longer lifespan and fewer interruptions and drops. The SMART tracking engine also automatically places significantly more tracking points on footage, as well as enabling users to adjust the tracker quantity factor - for smarter and more reliable solves than ever before. In addition, the SMART technology, integrates seamlessly with existing REALVIZ features, such as Motion Capture, 3D Mesh-based Tracking with Elastics, Survey Data & Motion Control Support.

"SMART offers our users the most advanced automatic tracking engine on the market," said Luc Robert, REALVIZ CTO. "The new MMTrack plug-ins for Maya and 3ds Max integrate this technology super-smoothly within 3D apps. MatchMover Pro v4 offers in addition the highest level of control, and brand new, very cool UI. All these applications interact together, and integrate our new matchmoving assistant to ease the job of newcomers to matchmoving. Workflow, learning curve, power... what we're bringing to the market at Siggraph this year is a unique tracking solution, that can be tailored exactly to the needs of any production facility."


MatchMover Pro 4 Commonly regarded as the 'weapon of choice' by post-production professionals worldwide, MatchMover Pro 4 offers a powerful new central automatic tracking engine, based on the power of SMART. In addition to providing radical new performance levels, MatchMover Pro 4 boasts a brand new look, with redesigned icons, colors and a slick, minimalist feel. First-time and existing users, as well as anybody who has not taken the product for a spin for some time, will be instantly struck by the new look and feel of version 4. A complete re-writing of export formats allows a perfectly smooth import of results, as well as additional features such as direct non-linear distortion management within Maya, 3ds Max, XSI & LightWave 3D. Script interpreters are now included as standard (PERL/PYTHON/TCL), and full interoperability with REALVIZ ImageModeler is provided through an XML-based/rzml file format.

"MatchMover Pro has a lot of great tools to help us tackle our most difficult matchmoves. It has excellent 2D tracking capabilities and its workflow gives us a fine level of control over the solution. Whenever I know I have to battle a tough matchmove, I'm glad I have MatchMover Pro in my arsenal." Tim Dobbert, Matchmove Supervisor, The Orphanage, Inc., USA / Author 'Matchmoving:The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking'

MMTrack for Autodesk 3ds Max & MMTrack for Maya MMTrack for 3ds Max & MMTrack for Maya are two brand new automatic tracking products, which draw on the power and speed of SMART. The plug-ins slot seamlessly into the workflow of a 3ds Max or Maya user, and combine new-generation matchmoving technology with an unbeatable range of features, enabling 3D artists to access the best automatic 3D tracking engine on the market, without the need to actually leave their 3D application. MMTrack for 3ds Max & MMTrack for Maya are available at an highly competitive entry price, enabling all users, regardless of budget, to access this world-class application.

MatchMover Pro 4 Motion Capture MatchMover Pro Motion Capture also benefits from the powerful new automatic tracking engine central to SMART, offering users radically improved performance levels for faster and more efficient motion capture.

REALVIZ tracking technology has been used to create stunning visual effects in many recent major movies, including: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Sin City', 'Kung Fu Hustle', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', 'Millions', 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow', 'The Forgotten', 'The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D', 'Aeon Flux', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', 'Thunderbirds', 'Alien vs. Predator' and 'King Arthur', as well as the forthcoming 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.


Pricing & Availability:
MatchMover Pro 4 is available for Microsoft Windows NT/XP, Mac OS X & Linux through REALVIZ resellers worldwide at a price point of 3,500 Euros/$ 3,900 US excl. VAT. Owners of version 3 of MatchMover Pro are able to up-grade to version 4 for 1,500 Euros/$ 1,800 US. Trade-up from earlier versions of MatchMover Pro prior to 3.0: 2,500 Euros/$ 3,000 US. A grace period is currently in operation, valid from June 2005 until the shipment of version 4 in August 2005. These clients qualify automatically for an up-grade to the new version as soon as it becomes available.

MMTrack for Maya is available for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux. MMTrack for Autodesk 3ds Max is currently available for Windows only. Single license pricing: 690 Euros/$ 790 US per license. Volume discount available on request. An upgrade to MatchMover Pro 4.0 is required for interoperability with the MMTrack Plug-in products. Single licenses for MatchMover Pro 4 Motion Capture are available at a price point of 10,000 Euros / $ 11,500 US. Upgrades to MatchMover Pro Motion Capture from MatchMover Pro 4: 7,000 Euros/$ 8,000 US. (Includes floating server license)

Demo versions of MatchMover Pro 4, MMTrack for 3ds Max & MMTrack for Maya are scheduled for August 2005, and can be downloaded from the REALVIZ website at: www.realviz.com. For further information, please contact sales@realviz.com.


About REALVIZ
REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software based in Sophia Antipolis, France, with U.S. operations in San Francisco, CA; and a satellite sales office in London, Paris and Berlin. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the company's applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ' award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others.

For more information visit www.realviz.com.

 


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