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Animation Streaming to Unity and Live Feedback Improvements Released

Posted on: October 11th, 2019

Animation Streaming to Unity and Live Feedback Improvements Released

The recent release of iPiRecorder 4.4.4 and iPiMocapStudio 4.3.0 includes important new features and improvements:

  • Animation streaming to Unity
  • Significant improvements in quality of Live Tracking
  • Foot tracking improved for depth sensors

See details in the release notes:

http://docs.ipisoft.com/iPi_Mocap_Studio_Release_Notes#ver._4.3.0.239

http://docs.ipisoft.com/iPi_Recorder_Release_Notes#ver._4.4.4.81

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Renderosity Halloween Animation Contest

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

Renderosifty Halloween Animation Contest

Scare Tactics:

With Halloween a little over a month away, now is the time for some scary movies. With that in mind iPi Soft is partnering with Renderosity Magazine to give away a free iPi Mocap Pro Perpetual license to the winner of their 2019 Halloween contest, animation category, with the theme “Ever Watching Eyes.”

To enter the contest go here for details on creating scare-worthy content about the creature that is spying on you or one of your characters with their ever-watching eyes. Submissions began on September 10th and will end at 10 am (CT) on October 10th. From there, community voting will begin on October 10th at 10 am (CT) and will close at 10 am (CT) on October 25th.

Good luck from everyone at iPi Soft. We look forward to watching your submissions (with the lights on of course).

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Mocap Saves the Day in Dream Corp LLC

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019

The current June/July issue of Animation Magazine features a deep dive into how lead CG artist Brandon Parvini and the team at the Los Angeles-based VFX studio Bemo effectively incorporated iPi Soft markerless motion capture technology into its workflow. Parvini notes how the show’s demanding schedule requires a fast and flexible, real-time motion- capture system, which is critical in the post-production pipeline (which also includes Cinema 4D, After Effects and ZBrush).

We’re given a rough notion of the creative direction for CG character development based on all the creative parameters that exist,” Parvini says. “We are pretty much run-and-gun. While the edit is still being locked down, we are moving into 3D animation and solving tech and creative asks that come up. The moments where I need a capture, I pull out the Kinect, place it on a stool and capture action right there at my desk in roughly a 4×4 foot space.

Full text in PDF>>

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Record & Edit Seamless Looped Motion Capture with iPi, C4D & Kinect

Posted on: June 18th, 2019

Designer/animator Leigh Williamson has started to create series of video tutorials on using iPi Mocap with Cinema4D.

In the first published video you will…

  • learn how to record your own diy motion capture with iPi Mocap Studio & a Kinect Camera.
  • learn how to edit your motion capture data in C4D to create seamless loops as seen in Mixamo.

https://youtu.be/EPKil7aTs-Q

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iPi Soft Offers Built-In Support For Unreal Engine

Posted on: June 10th, 2019

iPi Soft Offers Built-In Support For Unreal Engine

New Support Simplifies Animation Export Functionality

The latest release 4.1.3 of iPi Mocap Studio includes built-in support that simplifies the animation export process from the iPi Motion Capture software to the Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), the suite of integrated tools popular with video game developers and designers.

Previously, Unreal Engine users had to manually match joints of the default iPi Mocap Studio rig to joints of their own rigs they use in Unreal in order to transfer captured motions to their rigs.  Any errors in matching would lead to misalignment and render the animation unusable. New features now provide Unreal users with a process that only requires they export their character to an FBX file, which is then loaded into iPi Mocap Studio for automatic generation of motion-transfer profile.

The new process benefits anyone using iPi Mocap, not just those using UE4. When loading custom characters from an FBX file, users can now select from several built-in compatible motion transfer profiles. Prior, they had to manage the profiles themselves, often leading to profile errors. Additional feature enhancements include a new option to automatically determine character coordinate systems, eliminating the time-consuming process of matching changing axis orientations.

“The new automated features being introduced in iPi Mocap Version 4 are not only about saving UE4 customers time,” says Michael Nikonov. “These new capabilities will also ensure more accurate results for those creating custom characters using different coordinate systems for a stable and intuitive workflow.”

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iPi Mocap and Cinema 4D Deep Dive by Leigh Williamson

Posted on: May 13th, 2019

iPi Mocap and Cinema 4D Deep Dive by Leigh Williamson

This is worth sharing: designer/animator Leigh Williamson took a deep-dive for the School of Motion website showing how easy it is create motion capture 3D character animation using iPi Motion Capture and Cinema 4D. Check it out here.

Leigh notes he was inspired by Brandon Parvini’s presentation for Maxon last summer at Siggraph showing how iPi Mocap and Cinema 4D were used together effectively on the popular “Dream Corp LLC” Adult Swim TV series, and decided to explore it for himself (see our press release).

Using our trial iPi Mocap license and a borrowed friend’s Kinect, Williamson set up a capture space in his small home office. Clearly he was impressed with how quickly he was able to get up and running and the capture quality.

See related article at Cineversity.

#iPiSoft #SchoolofMotion #Cinema4D #Maxon #iPiMocap #LeighWilliamson

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iPi Mocap Plays Integral Role In “Dream Corp LLC” Series

Posted on: March 13th, 2019

iPi Soft Markerless Mocap Software Plays Integral Role In Second Season Of Adult Swim Series “Dream Corp LLC”

Mind-Bending Series Combines Live Action, CG And Motion Capture;  Season Three Scheduled for Production This Summer

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – March 13, 2019 – iPi Soft is pleased to announce Los-Angeles creative studio Bemo, continues to leverage its advanced markerless mocap solution, iPi Motion Capture (iPi Mocap), for the extensive CG character animation on comedy series Dream Corp LLC.  Airing on Adult Swim, the live-action workplace comedy series set in a neglected Dream Therapy facility demands a fast-paced production pipeline and extensive motion capture technology to create the mind-bending animated sequences that distinguish between the show’s dreams and reality.

A huge hit for Adult Swim with a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, the show’s third season was announced ahead of the premier of season two. Dream Corp LLC is created, directed and executive produced by Daniel Stessen (John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant are Executive Producers) and produced by Bemo, with seasons one and two currently available on Amazon Prime and YouTube. The show’s third season is slated to begin production this summer.

Click here to view a sample of how motion capture is incorporated into the show’s narrative.

Brandon Parvini, Designer/Animator for the show and a long-time iPi Mocap user explained that the show’s production moves very fast, and a flexible, real-time motion capture technology is critical to a post production pipeline that also includes Cinema 4D, AfterEffects and Zbrush.

Creative Shorthand:

Parvini notes that a typical production starts when they see the first rough cut of an episode. Much of the show’s creative is made via ”shorthand” between the animators, the editors and Stessen. The team studies the tone and shot selection and determines a reaction plan for each episode to see where there are opportunities or references to a character or figure that will need to be created. Much of the time the team knows only a day before if motion capture is required. Sometimes requests require capture that same day.

“We are given a rough notion of the creative direction for CG character development based on all the creative parameters that exist,” Parvini says. “We are pretty much run-and-gun. While the edit is still being locked down we are moving into 3D animation and solving tech and creative asks that come up. The moments where I need a capture, I pull out the Kinect, place it on a stool and capture action right there at my desk in roughly a 4×4 foot space.”

He added, the strength of iPi Mocap has been its ease of use and smooth integration with Cinema 4D, the studio’s central 3D application. “iPi Mocap doesn’t require a lot of fuss and setup to get rolling with recordings which has made it a durable and irreplaceable part of our pipeline arsenal. Having a motion capture solution that is accurate and works so easily in our production pipeline, encourages us to take risks and immerse ourselves in the creative process so that we can create a more jarring and visually engaging experience for everyone.”

Version 4.1 of iPi Motion Capture was released in December 2018 and features several enhancements to include real-time tracking for multiple depth sensors (connected to either a single computer or several computers connected via iPi Soft’s Distributed Recording feature), as well as automatic synchronization of action camera videos based on flash detection.

“iPi Mocap is designed to enable artists to go from creative idea to production with technology that is affordable and accessible without the need for expensive greenscreen studios and sensor suits,” says Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft Founder and Chief Technology Architect. “Our real time tracking function lets customers preview motion tracking results transferred to a 3D character at the time of performance, which optimizes workflow for fast-paced productions like ‘Dream Corp LLC.”

Pricing and Availability:

With the launch of iPi Motion Capture Version 4, iPi Soft introduced a perpetual license model. The perpetual license is not time-limited and includes two years with full support and software updates. iPi Motion Capture Version 4 is also available as a subscription-based model. Prices range from $165 to $1995 depending on the version of software (Express, Basic, Pro) and duration of subscription.

Additional information on iPi Soft license and pricing is available here.


About iPi Soft:

Moscow-based developer, iPi Soft, LLC, develops powerful markerless motion capture software technology that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s software is used by creative professionals and prosumers around the world to digitize the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it expressive in 3D characters for video games, computer generated films, as well as for medical, military and other applications. For additional information, on iPi Soft, product pricing, product configurations or a 30-day free trial please visit http://www.ipisoft.com.

All trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Joe Herman’s Article in CineMontage

Posted on: February 19th, 2019

Read #JoeHerman’s comprehensive article in CineMontage about the new real-time tracking features now available in iPi Motion Capture software, and the workflow benefits of using markerless mocap in production. #iPiSoft #mocap

http://cinemontage.org/motion-capture-for-the-masses/

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iPiRecorder Updated to 4.2

Posted on: February 5th, 2019

iPiRecorder Version 4.2 Released

Main highlights:

  • Support for multiple Kinects v2 on a single PC.
  • Support for multiple ASUS Xtion2 on a single PC.
  • Selectively enable support for various camera types in Camera Types panel.

For details see Release notes.

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Real-time Tracking Support Multiple Depth Sensors

Posted on: December 10th, 2018

iPi Soft Now Delivers Real-time Tracking Support in iPi Motion Capture Version 4.1 for Multiple Depth Sensors

Latest Enhancements To Advanced Markerless Mocap Solution Include Automatic Synchronization With Action Cameras For Improved 3D Character Content Creation; Up To 30-Percent Holiday Discount

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – December 10, 2018 — iPi Soft, LLC, developers of markerless motion capture technology, today announced several new updates to Version 4 of its popular iPi Motion Capture software application. Latest enhancements include real-time tracking for multiple depth sensors, as well as automatic synchronization of action camera videos based on flash detection.

Creative performance in iPi Mocap Version 4.1 now enables customers to use real-time tracking — in which users can preview the motion tracking result transferred to a 3D character at the time of performance — with multiple depth sensors connected to either a single computer or several computers connected via iPi Soft’s Distributed Recording feature.

According to Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft Founder and Chief Technology Architect, this is an important development milestone and one users have been anticipating since most iPi Mocap customers use the software with two or more Kinect sensors.

”We are excited to extend the benefits of real-time tracking to support customers using iPi Motion Capture with multiple depth sensors to obtain quality mocap data easily and quickly for an overall improved workflow without the need for multiple recording, tracking and motion transfer iterations,” Nikonov says.

Action Camera Synchronization:

Additional feature updates also include automatic synchronization of videos with action cameras like GoPro based on flash detection. The new algorithm detects flashes between separate videos and synchronizes them automatically. This greatly speed-ups the process of merging multi-camera footage into synchronized videos that can be used for motion tracking compared to time-consuming manual sync process  supported in the previous version.

Pricing and Availability:

For the holidays, iPi Soft is currently offering a 30-percent discount for orders placed before December 31, 2018 (please use coupon code NY2019). This includes a discount off of iPi Soft’s perpetual license that includes two years of full support and software updates, as well as its subscription-based pricing model.

With the launch of iPi Motion Capture Version 4, iPi Soft introduced a perpetual license model. The perpetual license is not time-limited and includes two years with full support and software updates. iPi Motion Capture Version 4 is also available as a subscription-based model. Prices range from $165 to $1995 depending on the version of software (Express, Basic, Pro) and duration of subscription.

Additional information on iPi Soft license and pricing is available here.

Press-resease PDF Version>>

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About iPi Soft:

Moscow-based developer, iPi Soft, LLC, develops powerful markerless motion capture software technology that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s software is used by creative professionals and prosumers around the world to digitize the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it expressive in 3D characters for video games, computer generated films, as well as for medical, military and other applications. For additional information, on iPi Soft, product pricing, product configurations or a 30-day free trial please visit, http://www.ipisoft.com.

 All trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.