SANTA ROSA, CA – November 5, 2012 – Motion Analysis Corporation today announced the appointment of Mike Kocourek as Vice President of Movement Analysis Sales in the Americas. He brings to the Company over fifteen years of sales experience in the biomechanics market. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Mr. Kocourek will be developing new opportunities and partnerships for Motion Analysis in addition to servicing its current biomechanics customers. “I am excited about joining the team and working together to take business to a whole new level”, Kocourek commented.
Mr. Kocourek is replacing Gary Scheirman, who has been named Vice President of Application Engineering for the worldwide biomechanics market and will be working closely with the Motion Analysis domestic and international sales force.
“We are most pleased with Mike’s joining our company”, said Tom Whitaker, CEO of Motion Analysis. “His extensive knowledge of the current biomechanics market coupled with his enthusiasm for developing new markets makes him a dynamic addition to the Motion Analysis team,” Whitaker added.
Mike Kocourek will be located in Southern California where he lives with his wife of sixteen years, Barbara, and their three children.
The Latest in a Series of Exceptional Motion Capture Cameras
SANTA ROSA, CA – August 3, 2012 - Continuing with the market leading excellence of the Raptor series of motion capture cameras, Motion Analysis Corporation today announced a new camera to its lineup – the Raptor-12 with a resolution of 12 mega pixels (MP). Varied resolutions include 150fps with 12MP, 200fps with 9.4MP, 300fps with 6.3MP, 500fps with 3.8MP, and 900fps with 2.0MP. The Raptor-12 features a new processor, firmware, sensor and ringlight, creating the first camera with components manufactured specifically for motion capture capability. These new components, coupled with the combination of superior sensor and camera design, easily surpasses any other camera currently available.
With a high-speed electronic pipelined global shutter, each pixel measures 5.5 x 5.5 µm, assuring the highest light efficiency in the industry. The camera’s powerful and accurate greyscale processing enables outdoor capture capabilities that are not possible with inefficient optical filtering methods.
"Our objective in creating the Raptor-12 was to provide our customers with the newest high resolution, high frame rate, state-of-the-art sensor in a camera that incorporates our innovative motion capture hardware and software technology” said Shel Fung, Senior VP of Engineering. “This includes an extremely powerful and fast on-board processor for accurate greyscale processing, which combined with our new high powered ringlight, will offer customers unparalleled results in both indoor and outdoor settings. Our customers will also enjoy the convenience offered by software control of camera lens focus and aperture settings”, Fung added.
The Raptor-12 will be introduced and demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles and is available for October delivery.
AND MOTION ANALYSIS' CAMERA TRACKING SYSTEM AT IBC
Bergen, Norway, September 7, 2011, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ).
With virtual sets, the key to realism is the power of the graphics software and the precision of the camera tracking system. Since Viz Virtual Studio leverages powerful Vizrt graphics systems—including Viz Artist, Viz Engine, and Viz Content Pilot—set designers are free to create everything from realistic sets to 3D animated worlds. The credibility of the set is further ensured through the use of precise camera tracking systems, such as CamTrak by Motion Analysis Corporation.
Accurate virtual set camera tracking
CamTrak software maps the studio camera lens distortions at different zoom positions and automatically aligns the optical axis of the virtual cameras with that of the studio camera. It does this using “marker arrays” placed on studio cameras, and aligns that motion data with the optical axis of the virtual camera. This allows the virtual cameras to exhibit the same lens distortions and project the same field of view as the studio camera.
Maintaining a credible illusion
Gerhard Lang, Vizrt Chief Engineering Officer, is pleased with the results of the enhanced integration. “At IBC, we’re excited to show off our updated and now seamless integration between Viz Virtual Studio, our Viz Artist graphics design tool, and the Viz Engine realtime rendering system with Motion Analysis’s CamTrak software.”
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BERGEN, NORWAY– April, 2011, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)
While virtual sets offer limitless creative options for live 2D/3D sets, the calibration and alignment of multiple cameras with the synthetic set can be a prohibitively complex and time-consuming process. But with its industry-leading Viz Virtual Studio, Vizrt took the complexity out of setting up 2D/3D interactive virtual sets by providing an intuitive user interface and compatibility with most major camera-tracking solutions.
One such camera tracking system is CamTrak by Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC), which provides reliable, user-friendly motion tracking of studio cameras and virtual set systems, such as Viz Virtual Studio.
Effective immediately, Vizrt and Motion Analysis Corporation have signed a marketing agreement whereby Vizrt will resell MAC’s CamTrak camera tracking solution for use with Viz Virtual Studio installations worldwide. Visitors to MAC’s booth (#SL3805)—at the 2011 NAB show from April 11-14 in Las Vegas—will see an HD virtual studio demonstration, featuring MAC’s CamTrak working with two Viz Engine 3.5 real-time rendering engines outputting HD-SDI graphics created in Viz Virtual Studio.
“This Vizrt/MAC solution provides a cost-effective, intuitive way for broadcasters to track multiple studio cameras and align each camera view with the 3D graphical scene so that proper perspective is always maintained regardless of how cameras are moved or switched during the live program,” said Tom Whitaker, Chairman and CEO for Motion Analysis Corporation.
“When used with Viz Virtual Studio, CamTrak allows studio cameras to be setup and aligned quickly and automatically—without traditional hardware-based calibration headaches—to produce accurate, realistic virtual sets for live broadcast,” Whitaker said.
CamTrak software tracks the placement of “marker arrays” on studio cameras and aligns that motion data in accordance with the optical axis of the virtual camera. That same motion data is automatically mapped to multiple cameras, which rove freely within a 40 to 50 foot area, to coordinate their views of the same 3D virtual scene.
For its coverage of the U.S. midterm elections in November of 2010, CNN used Viz Virtual Studio and Viz Engine in conjunction with MAC’s CamTrak to put 3D virtual objects in the middle of its elaborate news set for a novel, breakthrough visual effect.
“We’re extremely pleased to establish this partnership with Motion Analysis Corporation to help market their innovative CamTrak motion tracking system to our virtual studio customers worldwide,” said Isaac Hersly, president of Vizrt Americas. “As a result of our association with Motion Analysis Corporation, we’re able to assure our customers that CamTrak works in a seamless, complementary way with our Viz Virtual Studio and Viz Engine real-time rendering engine.”
>About Motion Analysis Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) is the worldwide leader and provider of optical motion capture systems for entertainment, medicine, videogames, film, sports, broadcasting, research, and virtual reality applications. The company was formed in 1982 and has its headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA.
About Vizrt Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses - from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt's products are used by the world's leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.
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SANTA ROSA, CA – March 30, 2011 – Barbara Roberts, President and CEO of Wright Engineering Plastics, Inc. has been elected to the Motion Analysis Corporation Board of Directors as of March 1. Ms Roberts’ manufacturing experience at Wright Engineered Plastics, Inc as well as her investment banking and strong accounting and tax background make her an excellent addition to the Motion Analysis team. “We are most pleased to include someone of Barbara's business management experience, work experience, and extensive business analysis experience joining our Board of Directors”, said Tom Whitaker, CEO and Chairman of Motion Analysis Corporation. As recognition for the success of her strategic thinking and her leadership positions in numerous engineering and high technology organizations, Barbara is often written about or quoted in local, regional or national publications. Barbara is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from manufacturing to entre-preneurship. Ms. Roberts was invited to join the Stanford Product Realization Network, a joint venture between multinational corporate partners and Stanford's Graduate School of Business and School of Engineering. She is also Treasurer of Engineers without Borders, past President of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, past President of the Society of Plastic Engineers, past Chair of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a trustee of Golden Gate University.
SANTA ROSA, CA – October 15, 2010 – Motion Analysis today announced the release of their new entry level motion capture system, the Osprey Digital RealTime System. The Osprey is a small, compact camera capable of 245 fps with a sensor size of 640 x 480 pixels (.3 million). It offers the motion capture technician the benefit of all-digital technology at an economical price for smaller environments. The Osprey Digital RealTime System consists of Osprey digital cameras and Cortex software. It is available in either a six or eight camera system.
"For researchers and small capture volume mocap users, the Osprey system delivers the best of both worlds - cost effective hardware combined with the world's most advanced tracking software, Cortex", commented Tom Whitaker, CEO of Motion Analysis Corporation. "Now anyone can own a mocap system", he added.
NAC Image Technology and TOTSU Team up at Tokyo’s 3D & Virtual Reality Expo
SANTA ROSA, CA – July 30, 2010 – NAC Image Technology Inc. and TOTSU, Inc., recently demonstrated, the “MoCap VR System” to great acclaim at the 3D & Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo, June 23-25. Over 1,500 companies exhibited and 85,000 international visitors attended the Expo.
The MoCap VR System is a new broadcast production tool that uses the optical motion capture system of Motion Analysis Corporation (USA) the real-time 3D graphics engine and flagship product eStudio of Brainstorm (Spain) and 3D HD camcorders. NAC and TOTSU presented a ten minute demonstration with a live emcee, virtual studio set, and a virtual 3Dcharacter (humanoid) rendered in stereoscopic 3D in real-time by Brainstorm’s graphics engine. The virtual character was manipulated by a performer captured by the Motion Analysis motion capture system. The ongoing demonstrations attracted many visitors, especially from TV stations. The MoCap VR System signals a new trend in broadcast production techniques.
"Combining live video and computer graphics in a virtual set has long been a challenge”, said Tom Whitaker, CEO of Motion Analysis Corporation. “With the Motion Analysis CameraTracker, studios can now rapidly and precisely align multiple studio cameras views with the virtual set view, while simultaneously tracking in real-time multiple virtual animation performers. This level of rotational and translational camera tracking accuracy has never before been achieved. Instead of days to calibrate a virtual set, it now takes minutes," Whitaker added.“The Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo provided an ideal opportunity for Brainstorm to demonstrate the sophistication of our graphics engine, eStudio, capable of rendering a complex virtual set with realistic shadow and illumination as well as taking a live data feed from Motion Analysis’ motion capture system and using this data to animate a 3D virtual character- all in real-time,” said Ricardo Montesa, Brainstorm CEO. “eStudio has interfaced with camera-tracking systems for many years but the integration with motion capture systems and our ability to render all elements in real-time adds an exciting new dimension for the viewer.”
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Raptor Series Provides Flexibility of Outdoor and Indoor Motion Capture
SANTA ROSA, CA – April 28, 2010 – Motion Analysis Corporation today announced an industry first with the release of its premier real-time passive optical motion capture cameras, the Raptor Series, which can be used outdoors as well as indoors without changing any hardware or software.
Motion Analysis has developed an exclusive new proprietary image processing software which is embedded in the Raptor cameras. The Raptor cameras have an enormous amount of onboard computing power in order to accomplish all of the required image processing computations. This new, exclusive software addresses the various challenges of working outdoors in direct sunlight as well as indoor environments where reflections and lighting conditions can also affect a capture, while maintaining extreme accuracy and real-time capabilities.
"Our objective was to deliver a camera that performed in bright sunlight without compromising the superior accuracy and real-time, high data throughput customers have come to expect from all Motion Analysis cameras,” said Shel Fung, Senior VP of Engineering. “The results speak for themselves there has been no degradation of performance when these cameras are used in an outdoor setting."
Although the obvious application will be in the sports market for performance assessment and injury prevention, Motion Analysis believes that the ability to use motion capture outdoors will also be valuable for the animation and industrial markets as well.
“This is a major industry breakthrough,” Tom Whitaker, CEO of Motion Analysis, commented. “Mocap users have always wanted to take their systems outdoors but have been prevented from doing so. Until now.”
FOR RECEIVING PRIMETIME EMMY ENGINEERING AWARD
Santa Rosa, California, September 2, 2009-- Motion Analysis Corporation congratulates their longtime technology partner, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, on winning an Engineering Emmy at the 61st Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards, held Saturday, Aug. 22 in Los Angeles.
The Engineering Emmy was awarded for the remarkably innovative Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a real-time animation system that allows performers to puppeteer and voice digital characters in real-time, dramatically reducing both animation time and cost. The revolutionary studio features multiple virtual camera systems, real-time animation viewing systems and an industry first: real-time, production quality, full body motion capture system which have been provided by Motion Analysis Corporation, and operated by the production team at Motion Analysis Studios.
This proprietary animation system has been utilized for the production of the highly successful, Emmy-nominated animated children’s program “Sid the Science Kid,” produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles, and has enabled the Creature Shop to generate 40 episodes of HD computer-generated imagery within a year.
In producing the series, the body movements of six live suit performers and a dog were tracked and solved in real-time using Motion Analysis' industry exclusive motion capture cameras and Cortex software. The movements of the actors were mapped onto digital puppets in real-time and the production quality data is streamed live to the Creature Shop’s proprietary viewer.
Simultaneously, puppeteers who voice the characters also manipulate the facial motion and lip synch, using a special mechanical-input glove device developed for the right hand, and a joystick-type device for the left hand. This all works in conjunction with a director, cameras and production crews exactly as it would on a live-action set. The finished production comes together virtually, in real-time, using the Creature Shop’s proprietary software which marries the stage components with the show’s digital environments on the fly. This real-time, production quality process can be replicated for any film, television, game or interactive production as well as live events.
"Several years ago the labeling of motion capture markers and the solving segmental data for six animation performers would have been impossible in our real-time environment", said Jeff Christie, CG Supervisor for Henson. "With the advancements of Motion Analysis' technologies as the industry leader providing full-body, production quality optical motion capture, they became a perfect partner for our endeavors,” Christie continued. With their unique ability to stream six or more characters' production quality segmental data live into our viewer, Motion Analysis became our first choice for providing full body movement to our digital puppets." "The Sid the Science Kid project is the largest live production quality project involving motion capture in United States television history" said Tom Whitaker, Motion Analysis Corporation’s CEO. "We are pleased that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is recognizing Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for its remarkable engineering achievement and proud to have played a part in digital puppetry’s success", Whitaker added.
About Motion Analysis Corporation and Motion Analysis Studios
Motion Analysis Studios (www.mastudios.com) is a state of the art motion capture facility dedicated to providing the 3D animation industry with the highest quality motion-capture services available. MAS, a pioneer in character animation services, provides animators and directors from feature films, music videos, television, games and commercials with the best technology and superior motion capture service. Founded in 1999, Motion Analysis Studios is located in Hollywood, California.
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