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VICON Acquires MoCap Studio House Of MovesExpands motion capture services, new real-world test center. (June 03, 2004)
VICON Technology optical motion capture solutions, announced today its acquisition of motion capture studio House of Moves. Los Angeles, CA-based House of Moves (HOM) is the longest-standing independent motion capture service bureau in the world, with an extensive slate of productions including major feature films, television programs, game titles, commercials and music videos. Today's acquisition formally establishes HOM as a new technology test-bed for Vicon, positioning the company with an unparalleled offering to systems customers worldwide, and service customers in the greater Los Angeles area.
"Becoming a part of Vicon is a win-win for all parties involved," said Tom Tolles, CEO and Founder, House of Moves. "With the Vicon resources now available to us, we are the best-equipped motion capture studio in the world. HOM will provide Vicon with direct production experience for the product development team and Vicon will provide direct factory resources so that we can continue to push the boundaries of motion capture for our clients."
"We have enjoyed a synergistic relationship with House of Moves since 1996 and we viewed this as a natural progression of both our relationship with HOM and a move which fits well with our corporate expansion goals," commented Julian Morris, Chief Executive, Vicon and OMG. "The market opportunity for motion capture studio services is growing at a rapid pace. There is a rising demand for heightened realism in game character animation, and the use of motion capture for digital characters, virtual stuntmen, and populating crowd sequences has become de rigueur in feature film development."
"We have always focused on customer input to draw our road map for product development. Now with HOM operating as a Vicon company, we will be able to perform rigorous testing and refinement of the latest products, and deliver field-proven technology more quickly than ever before," commented Brian Nilles, CEO, Vicon USA. "Having House of Moves involved much earlier in the design process will provide a shorter, more streamlined development and QA pipeline."
The acquisition comes just as HOM prepares to launch its third expansion into a brand-new production facility. HOM's facility will afford Vicon a real-world production showcase stage, equipped with Vicon's next generation MX system. The 12,000-square foot facility boasts the largest dedicated motion capture stage in Los Angeles, spanning 60' X 120' with a 24-foot height free span clearance. The new studio will feature a full-body performance stage outfitted with a 30-camera Vicon system, a 24 camera rehearsal insert stage and an audio-scan-facial capture stage.
HOM, Inc. will continue to service its regular clients, which include Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sony 989, Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain and other film and game development leaders. HOM will also continue to develop its motion capture workflow animation software DIVA, which is compatible with existing Vicon pipelines. Code from DIVA was recently licensed by Alias for adding character retargeting and motion data workflow efficiencies into Maya 6.0.
About House of Moves
House of Moves, best-known for its motion capture work on such films as The Patriot and Titanic, as well as hundreds of interactive games is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The company pioneered use of motion capture technology to depict photo-real virtual characters on screen in the groundbreaking hit 'Titanic" working together with client Digital Domain. House of Moves has since worked on many major feature films, and continues to have an ongoing slate of games in production, most recently working on Goldeneye, Everything or Nothing and Red Dead Revolver, In addition to its 12,000 square-foot studio, HOM boasts a full-time professional staff of 13 motion capture experts, animators, programmers and engineers, and offers support for all digital motion formats. The company was founded in 1996, for more information visit www.moves.com or call (310) 306-6131.
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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