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Pavel Sorokin Appointed To iPi Soft CEO

Posted on: February 8th, 2021

Pavel Sorokin Appointed To iPi Soft CEO

Company Co-Founder Michael Nikonov To Continue As Chief Technology Architect

Moscow, Russia – February 08, 2021 – iPi Soft, LLC, the leading developer of markerless motion capture software technology named  Pavel Sorokin, current Chief Operating Officer (COO), as  the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

“I am excited to lead iPi Soft into our next stage of growth and deliver on our promise to bring the most accessible and reliable motion capture products to market that help our customers achieve their creative goals,” Sorokin says.

“We will continue to improve our existing product inventory and remain focused on innovating products compatible with real time applications and making use of rapid advances in AI tracking tech for exceptional user-experience.”

Since co-founding iPi Soft in 2008 with Michael Nikonov, Sorokin has held various roles including lead developer, finance and administration, business development/marketing, as well as spearheading major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s product lines.

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As CMO, most notably, he introduced iPi Soft and its markerless motion capture solution, iPi Motion Capture, to US, European and Asian markets leading to its adoption into some of the world’s most prestigious VFX and creative studios and educational institutions. His efforts have also been instrumental in marketing the real time capabilities available in iPi Motion Capture and the software application’s integration into leading game engine platforms including Unity and Unreal. Additionally, Sorokin managed the marketing strategy for iPi Biomech, an add-on motion capture software tool that opened new channels for markerless tracking and visualization of motion capture data for medical, sports analysis and movement science applications.

Sorokin succeeds Nikonov, current iPi Soft Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Architect. Nikonov will continue as Chief Technology Architect to lead technology development efforts that strengthen iPi Soft’s focus on quality and innovation.

“Pavel brings hardcore engineering skills, global business perspective and marketing savvy to his new role,” Nikonov says. “I can think of no one better to lead iPi Soft at this exciting juncture in the motion capture technology industry.”

Prior to iPi Soft, Sorokin served as Founder and CEO of Irbicon, a Moscow-based IT service provider of business analytics solutions to customers form financial and telecom industries. Before that he held project managerial roles at Samsung Research Center in Moscow. Over the course of his career, Sorokin has also assumed various software engineering positions. He holds a degree in applied math from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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, configurations or a 30-day free trial please visit http://www.ipisoft.com.

Markerless Mocap Trends 2021

Posted on: December 24th, 2020

iPiSoft’s Founder/Chief Creative Architect, Michael Nikonov, shares his thoughts in PostMagazine’s annual “Outlook” issue on trends that 2021 may bring to markerless motion capture technology.

Read Full Interview>>

Get To Know iPi Mocap Artist…Raul Ruiz

Posted on: December 20th, 2020

Get To Know iPi Mocap Artist…Raul Ruiz

From time to time, we like to take a closer look at the artists that are using iPi Soft technology in interesting and innovative ways. This time we are shining a spotlight on  Raul Miguel Ruiz Esquer, a Mexico-based, self-professed creative jack-of-all-trades working as an audiovisual producer and 3D animation artist. Currently, his one-man studio is focused on the realization of 3D cinematics.

Raul came to our attention in September with his submission to our mocap contest. His elegant 3D dancer piece, “Big Bang Portal” was the winning entry due to its originality and the incredible detail he was able to portray using iPi Mocap along with Autodesk Maya and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine: https://vimeo.com/446939597

We spoke with Raul from his studio in Tijuana, Mexico

Q. How did you first hear about iPi Mocap and how did you use the software in your winning entry?

RR: first time I started using iPi Mocap was around 2012 when I was a student learning 3D and downloading all kinds of software and experimenting. The idea of an affordable way to make 3D motion capture was compelling since the mocap technology at that time was expensive and not accessible to the broader audiences.I started using iPi Mocap again this year for my winning piece “Big Bang Portal” as I noticed iPi Soft had made several improvements to the software. This video captured in the piece was created using iPi Recorder and iPi Mocap Studio. It is a work in progress for a short film I am currently producing.

Q. What benefits does the software bring to your content creation workflow?

RR: Since I was young, I have always wanted to create my own 3D animated movies. I have been studying the spectrum of 3D software applications with the goal of being able to create as a solo artist. When I first heard about iPi Mocap I knew it was a perfect match for me. As a one-man studio I need to make ongoing technical and budgetary decisions to support the artistic vision. The main advantage of iPi Mocap is being able to capture high quality animation instead of making it by hand and trying to recreate the illusion of life for my characters. It was very daunting at first because just to make one shot used to require a team, but with iPi Mocap the animation can be achieved accurately without sensors with one person or a small team of individuals. This is huge because it improves the productivity from a cost-effective perspective, but also allows an independent artist to direct a creative vision instead of wrangling a production. I can prototype fast and spend more time working on the creative, fun side of the project.

Q. What hardware are you using with iPi Mocap?

RR: My studio setup is nothing extraordinary, but it delivers results: Intel Core i7-3820 (4 core 3.6 ghz) with P9X79 LE  Motherboard and 16 gb ram; Nvidia 1080 GTX; 2 Kinect Xbox One; 2 SIIG JU-P20612-S1 – Adapter PCIe 2 port USB 3.0.

Q. Can you tell us how you have already used iPi Mocap and your plans for using the software with the Unreal Engine?

RR: My plan is to produce films and series. Right now I’m continuing to experiment creatively using the iPi Mocap pro license on a personal project that I’m hoping to release soon. My plan is to acquire two additional Kinects to make a four Kinect setup to capture additional recording of acrobatic action sequences and different dancing styles.

Looking to the future I would also like to try using the software with the Azure Kinect to raise the quality of my captures.

The use of the Unreal engine was a choice made with the solo team structure in mind. It is just so much simpler to direct, assemble and render sequences using the Unreal editor. As a director, having more control of the output using the real-time pipeline provides additional creative flexibility.

I have studied and prepared myself to be able to execute my creative vision.

I’m happy that iPi Soft granted me a license and thanks to the contest, I feel closer to achieving my artistic aspirations.

To see more of Raul’s work visit his Instagram and Facebook pages.

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iPi Soft’s CEO Michael Nikonov interview in Spanish

Posted on: October 13th, 2020

Dessignare Media published iterview with our CEO Michael Nikonov in Spanish.

Link to the inverview:

https://www.dessignare.com/2020/10/el-futuro-del-motion-capture.html

Production HUB interviews iPi Soft’s CEO Michael Nikonov

Posted on: October 9th, 2020

In a recent interview with Production HUB, our CEO and CTO, Michael Nikonov, spoke about the benefits of using iPi Mocap during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. With Hollywood live action productions largely suspended and college animation students in the U.S. recently returning to an online learning environment, he outlines that our markerless motion capture software can find its place in the complex production pipelines of the big studios and is particularly effective for concept testing, previz, and background animation of large crowds or secondary characters that don’t require high levels of detail. The motion capture system can also be done at home or in a small office space, making it a good choice for remote work and learning.

Read more: https://www.productionhub.com/blog/post/the-state-of-the-markerless-motion-capture-art-with-michael-nikonov

iPi Soft Again Sponsoring Renderosity 2020 Halloween Animation Contest

Posted on: October 1st, 2020

iPi Soft Again Sponsoring Renderosity 2020 Halloween Animation Contest

Just like a ghost, iPi Soft keeps coming back…as a sponsor of the Renderosity Magazine Halloween Animation Contest that is.

This year’s theme is “Costumes, Cauldrons & Concoctions,” and iPi Soft is again giving away a free iPi Mocap Pro Perpetual license to the Grand Prize winner.

With zero preparation time – no markers, no sensor suits – coupled with our recent addition of real-time tracking and live-streaming capabilities into popular game engines such as Unity and Unreal, the iPi Mocap solution gives users the tools to help ignite scare-worthy content in minutes.

Submissions are being accepted now and will end on October 8th, when community voting begins. Voting closes on October 31 and winners will be announced that day.

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

Five Minutes on Mocap with iPiSoft’s CEO: Q&A with AWN

Posted on: July 16th, 2020

The iPi Soft founder and CEO Michael Nikonov discusses the current state of markerless motion capture animation technology, including real-time tracking and live streaming.

Published at Animation World Network (AWN)

#motioncapture #iPiMocap #AWN #UnrealEngine #Unity

Article is available here:

https://www.awn.com/news/five-minutes-mocap-michael-nikonov

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Image from the game, ‘The End of the Sun.’ Game images © www.endofsun.com.

In Response To Pandemic, iPi Soft Offers Creative Community 30% Discount On All Products

Posted on: April 15th, 2020

Dear iPi Soft Users,

among the many lessons the current global pandemic is teaching us is that no matter how dire the circumstances, there is no stopping the creative spirit.

Whether it’s the myriad of talk show hosts and musicians live streaming performances to the world from their homes; or filmmakers, animators and visual artists of all stripes creating content for their clients or social media, it’s clear that creativity cannot be quarantined.

It’s with that spirit of community that iPi Soft is offering a 30% discount on all of our markerless motion capture products, till May 15th. Please use coupon code: STAYSAFE30

Also, we’d love to see examples of your creativity during this challenging time, and share them on iPi Soft’s website and social media channels.

We also welcome you to participate in iPi Mocap Contest: https://blog.ipisoft.com/

Stay safe and stay creative.

Sincerely,

iPi Soft

Exclusive Interview of Our Founder and CTO to Renderosity Magazine

Posted on: December 4th, 2019

Exclusive interview:

Our Founder and CTO, Michael Nikonov, was recently interviewed for Renderosity Magazine. The piece covers recent #iPiSoft updates to our markerless iPi Motion Capture software solution and tips for how content creators can easily bring motion capture in their workflow.

#motioncapture #iPiMocap #Renderosity #UnrealEngine

Article is available here:

https://renderositymagazine.com/article/5570/interview-with-michael-nikonov-founder-of-ipi-soft

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iPi Soft Advances Capabilities For iPi Motion Capture

Posted on: November 20th, 2019

iPi Soft Advances Capabilities For iPi Motion Capture

Live Feedback And Integration With Unity Game Engine Among Latest Improvements; 30% Discount Available Through Holidays

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Nov 20, 2019 — iPi Soft, LLC, developers of the markerless motion capture technology iPi Motion Capture, announced enhancements to its iPi Recorder 4.4.4 and iPi Mocap Studio 4.3.0 software. New features include improved live feedback and foot tracking for depth sensors, further integration with the Unity gaming engine, as well as support for Azure Kinect sensors. iPi Soft is also offering a 30 percent discount on iPi Motion Capture throughout the holidays.

“The live feedback improvements are key capabilities that will accelerate the motion capture workflow for game designers and visual effects artists,” Michael Nikonov, Founder and Chief Technology Architect of iPi Soft, says. “Tighter integration with the Unity real-time game engine is a huge benefit that will provide content creators increased flexibility to create projects quickly and with more accurate results.”

Improved Live Feedback:

The new version of iPi Mocap supports higher resolution in tracking mode providing more motion capture accuracy with lower jitter, while the smoothing filter can now remove visual jitter during live feedback tracking. Users can also change target 3D characters for motion transfer without the need to stop and restart live feedback. Recent live tracking settings are now stored thus eliminating the need to reset every time live tracking feature is used.

Integration with Unity:

Closer integration with the Unity gaming engine gives users the ability to stream tracking results to Unity, in both live feedback and offline tracking mode, allowing them to see how the motion will look in a 3D setting. Animation can also be post processed in real-time via Unity.

Support For Azure Kinect Sensors:

Azure Kinect sensors recently released by Microsoft are a new generation of popular Kinect depth sensors that have better depth quality, wide field of view mode and other advantages over Xbox 360 and Xbox One Kinects. iPi Motion Capture now supports Azure Kinect giving customers improved tracking quality and the ability to use the system in spaces as small as 7-feet by 5-feet. (Depth sensors comparison is available here.)

Pricing and Availability: 

For the holidays, iPi Soft is currently offering a 30-percent discount for orders placed before December 31, 2019 (please use coupon code NY2020). 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.

iPi Motion Capture Version 4 is available as perpetual license or 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 pricing is available here.

PDF version of this press-release 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, configurations or a 30-day free trial please visit http://www.ipisoft.com.

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