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Vicon Sells More than 1000 MCAMS in Last 12 Months

(August 01, 2001)
Vicon, developer of professional motion capture systems, announced today that over 1000 award-winning MCams have been sold worldwide alongside Vicon motion capture systems in the camera's first year of production.

Vicon has installed MCams in world leading feature film and television effects, game development and educational facilities including Industrial Light & Magic, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Midway Games, USC School of Cinema and Television, Ohio State University, House of Moves, Konami, Namco, Blur Studios, Red Eye Studios, Attitude Studio and many others. A live motion capture demo featuring Vicon 8i and MCams will be on display at Vicon's Siggraph booth #1433, August 14-16, 2001 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Vicon customer Industrial Light & Magic was one of the earliest adopters of Vicon's MCams. "We shot all of the motion capture for 'The Mummy' and 'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace' with the older generation of Vicon cameras. We got excellent data and it showed on screen. In preparation for motion capture for 'The Mummy Returns' and 'Pearl Harbor' we upgraded to MCams. The MCams have improved our data, reduced post production time, have made it easier to lay out capture volumes, and let us capture data from smaller markers," commented Seth Rosenthal, Motion Capture Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic.

Motion capture has proven to be crucial in the gaming industry as more sophisticated audiences demand higher levels of realism. "After comparing our current system with the Vicon 8 system with MCams, we decided that the 1,000,000 pixel resolution was a key factor in capturing top quality data for our studio. The entire motion capture pipeline is based off of the original data that the camera sees and the MCam accuracy was a major component in our decision to go with Vicon," explained Jason Parks, Motion Capture Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA).

"Next-generation game consoles are feeding the demand for a new breed of games," commented Eric Nofsinger, Vice President, High Voltage Software. "Competition is fierce in our industry, and the stakes are even higher as publishers demand that these increasingly sophisticated games be developed on tight budgets and short schedules. Using Vicon's MCams makes this possible. Not only do we save money and time, but the level of realism we are able to obtain through motion capture is amazing."

Motion capture service bureaus serving customers with a wide variety of animation needs in film, gaming, broadcast and multimedia have also discovered the benefits of working with Vicon's MCams. "MCams allowed us to expand our live capture volume while improving our data quality and reducing our processing times. Also, one of our senior production artists nearly fell out of his chair when we showed him some MCam facial data," said Tom Tolles, President & CEO, House of Moves.

"Red Eye Studio has been working with the Vicon system since January of 2001. During this time our studio has been called on to perform a variety moves ranging from simple walks to hand-to-hand combat to full facial capture. Our MCams have enabled us to meet every challenge presented to us, and the accuracy and ease of use have made choosing Vicon our best decision and has been a major asset to us in gaining new clients." Margaret M. Bohlen, Producer, Red Eye Studio

Vicon's MCam is the most accurate camera for optical motion capture available. The camera captures over three times the resolution of existing camera technology used in motion capture the highest resolution and fastest of any motion capture camera available today. MCam technology offers users huge increases in performance while capturing the subtleties of human and non-human motion. The system captures the nuances of facial and full body motion with unequalled accuracy and provides real world production capability for single or multiple subject performances. Up to 24 cameras can be supported by a single Vicon 8i datastation. The cameras are fully integrated with the robust Vicon 8i system, allowing more continuous and accurate data than any other optical motion capture solution.

Vicon 8 is the most advanced optical motion capture system available and allows actors to move freely, unrestricted by wires, awkward suits or large body markers. The system can capture multiple actors simultaneously, and with the recently introduced million-pixel resolution MCams', motion data is recorded at near perfect accuracy. Vicon 8 is the same professional motion capture solution that has been used in the production of leading game and feature film projects including, "Gladiator," "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," "The Mummy," "The Patriot," "Titanic," and many others.

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