Upgrades to Blade 2.5 to support 128 Vicon cameras
Enabled by a recent upgrade to Vicon's Blade 2.5 motion capture software, The Capture Lab has more than doubled the size of its motion capture volume to create the largest entertainment capture stage in the world. The increased functionality of Blade 2.5 allows The Capture Lab to deploy 128 Vicon cameras, covering a massive 50'x130'x15' volume, through one aggregated system.
"The familiar, user-friendly interface has facilitated the adoption of Blade 2.5 at The Capture Lab," said Jeremy McCarron, director of strategy at The Capture Lab. "The incredible Axiom engine has also improved our real-time display and increased our pre-visualization capabilities, allowing directors to see the animation, characters, props and set pieces 'in camera' and to focus on achieving their creative vision instead of wondering if they got the shot."
Vicon's Blade software enables effective production pipelines and workflow efficiencies, with solid real-time performance, and integrates seamlessly with Vicon's T-Series and Bonita camera ranges.
For fast-turnaround material, Blade's QuickPost feature allows users to automate the post processing workflow, including reconstruction, labelling, occlusion fixing and solving, reducing the need for time-intensive manual clean up.
The Capture Lab opted for Vicon based on its accuracy and stability: "Vicon's motion capture system is robust enough to stand up to the rigors of production," continued McCarron. "With the sheer volume of production data that we capture, we rely on the cameras, software and hardware to perform together flawlessly, every time. Downtime isn't an option, and Vicon's system keeps us up and running."
Since 1996 The Capture Lab has contributed to more than 200 high-end productions in animation, video games and visual effects. "We need to focus on production and getting amazing animation into our customers' hands, so the on-going support Vicon offers is invaluable," added McCarron. "Whether loaning us equipment during routine maintenance, consulting on pipeline efficiencies, or helping us develop new technologies, Vicon has been an important part of The Capture Lab's success."