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10/03/2006

Animazoo launch new Gypsy5 range of portable motion capture systems

Animazoo UK Ltd, a Brighton based manufacturer of motion capture systems used in film, TV and computer games development is launching the new Gypsy5 series, the latest models in their mechanical range of motion capture suits.
The system of suit based capture gives animators, games developers and live performers the opportunity to work with motion capture technology traditionally the reserve of big budget production houses, by freeing them from the constraints of a studio and allowing them to capture at home, on stage even out of doors.
Gypsy mechanical systems were used in the making of the video game ‘Stuart Little 3 - Big Photo Adventure’, published by Sega, as well as with the BBC and Fuji television among others.
Sensors are incorporated into two separate exo-skeleton frames that fit snugly around the human body and accurately record the rotational motion of an actor's bones. By removing the spine units the new versions are more flexible, allowing a greater range of movements for the actor. New automatic actor-calibration software means faster and more efficient system set up times, with no need for bio-mechanical knowledge - users simply 'drag and drop' points over an actor's digital photograph.
Ali Kord, Technical Director of Animazoo, said: "Nowadays consumers know a lot about the technology behind blockbuster films such as ‘King Kong’ - they know that motion capture was used and marvel at the results. By making systems more accessible and affordable we can bridge the gap between understanding about this technology and actually using it! That will be a big step forwards."
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