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Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Technology |

Max Planck Institute develops motion capture system of low cost

Max Planck Institute develops motion capture system of low cost

Movies like the trilogy of Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson or Avatar of James Cameron have used complex systems of real to “give life” to digital characters movements and give them as faithful as possible to a live person bone. Systems like the Kinect to capture movements have allowed Microsoft to charge more than reasonable (and indeed is the basis of more than one system) but, as a rule, these systems are often complex and nothing affordable. At the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken (Germany) were raised to develop a system to capture movements but with the uniqueness of the cameras that were to be used should be conventional, it seems, the path being taken by the leading to good results.

It is increasingly common to use digital characters in movies and TV, thus scanning movements is becoming a technological need and many productions for the video game character animation. With a view to simplify the required hardware, the Max Planck Institute team decided to tackle the project with conventional cameras with a mathematical algorithm and a computer could perform scanning movements with a more affordable and without, for example , of having to dress the actors with costumes uncomfortable with sensors that are commonly used.

The actors do not like having to wear those clothes because they restrict their movements

And how do the motion capture without wearing a suit with sensors? About five conventional cameras, at least, are responsible for recording the actors (or in the case of this research, one of the researchers) and use this as input video signal to the system that, in a time of just a few milliseconds, is able to generate a “virtual backbone” to real time reproducing movements being recorded by the cameras and, additionally, in the case of a scene with multiple characters, the algorithm is able to distinguish several people and generate a model for each of these.

We believe that our solution could even serve to capture outdoor movements, for example, during sports events

According to the researchers, the system could help many athletes improve their preparation and also could extend its use to the medical field (and see benefit from orthopedic treatment, for example). In fact, you are so convinced of the possibilities of the system in a few months, two of the team members will found a company to transform this into a commercial product that can be distributed worldwide.

We have had some meetings with industry representatives Hollywood

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