Australian studio uses Vicon tech for â??outdoorâ?? animations

Sega mocap drive for unannounced project

Sega Studios Australia is looking to set high standards of animation for an unannounced project, the firm said, having signed a deal with Vicon to use its mocap tech.

The firm said it used a 10 camera Vicon system for eight straight hours “to capture performances in an outdoor setting”.

Sega Studios Australia, formerly known as The Creative Assembly Oz, is said to have the largest motion capture facility in Australia, but opted for the Vicon system to record multiple performers simultaneously in an 8×8 metre outside setting.

“Being able to capture data outside is brilliant, it will add a whole new level of realism to the game,” said Kendra Fairbairn McCarthy, head of motion capture at Sega Studios Australia.

The identity of the Sega project has been a matter of speculation. It was rumoured last year that the studio was working on an Olympics sports game to arrive in time for London 2012.

Yet Kieran Brigden, Studio Communications Manager at Creative Assembly, said this was not true.

“Sega’s Australian studio are working on their own project of which we are wholly independent,” he said.

Alex Muir, Asia Pacific sales manager at Vicon, shed more light on the project:

“Today’s game player expects every nuance to look perfect. Sega knew they had to shoot their motion capture outside to make the game play realistic. With all of the sunlight, wind and natural elements, this would have been a daunting thought previously, however with the Vicon T-Series, Sega was able to capture and deliver the motion needed”.

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