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Motion Capture (Mocap) Students Gain Access to Blade Software

This article appeared in a June 2016 issue of the student newsletter.

A student sitting in front of a computer working with motion capture technology

Motion capture technology specialist Vicon recently announced that it has partnered with Richland College’s Interactive Simulation and Game Technology department to provide all students in the department’s motion capture (mocap) class with industry-standard Blade software. Designed for a future where motion capture and live-action shooting become indistinguishable, Blade will enable Richland’s students to capture performances effortlessly and deliver robust, reliable data that enables creativity.

The Interactive Simulation and Game Technology program at Richland gives students the opportunity to work with the current software programs and sophisticated gaming technology that professionals use. The motion capture class gives students hands-on experience in everything from organizing a shoot with multiple actors and a shot list to post processing the data, using Blade software for capturing, labeling, tracking/cleaning and solving.

“Vicon is a leader in motion capture systems — you get better-quality data, cutting-edge hardware and software, and good customer service,” said Richland College’s motion capture instructor, Brian Mckee, who has used Vicon systems throughout his career at top studios including Gearbox Games, Blur Studios and House of Moves. “The ability to work with and learn Blade will give students a major advantage as they try to enter a small and competitive industry.”

“Richland College is located in the heart of Dallas, which is considered one of the top cities for game development,” said Jeffrey Ovadya, sales and marketing director, Vicon. “By partnering with Richland, we’re helping future generations of mocap professionals on their path to success in their real-world careers.”

About Vicon

Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems and match-moving software. It serves customers in CG animation, engineering and life sciences industries. As well as those in film, visual effects, video games and broadcast television sectors.

Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group – LSE: OMG), plc., the technology group providing Computer Vision products and services for the entertainment, life science, engineering industries and consumer electronics markets. Other holdings include: OMG Life, our IP licensing business; and Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management.

Among many others, Vicon global clients include:

  • Engineering: European Space Agency, BMW, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, ETH Zurich, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, NRL, UPENN GRASP, MIT, Ford and General Motors
  • Entertainment: Framestore, Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, SEGA, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM and USC
  • Life Sciences: Imperial College – London, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Oxford, Headley Court, University of Western Australia, Adidas, Digital Human Research Centre – Japan, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Shriners, Marquette, UMich and Red Bull

For more information about OMG and its subsidiaries, visit: omgplc.com, vicon.com or yotta.c​o.uk.