MOSCOW, RUSSIA – iPi Soft, LLC, developers of advanced markerless motion capture technology, announced significant upgrades to its iPi Motion Capture software application, including 2.5x faster tracking speed when used with a Kinect sensor set-up and enhanced animation export functionality. The app is also available for single-actor projects and single-GPU configurations.
According to Michael Nikonov, founder and chief technology architect for iPi Soft, the new iPi Motion Capture tracking algorithm works faster than when the raw data is recorded via a Kinect sensor, with tracking speeds now available up to 60 to 70fps (when using high-end video cards), versus previous Kinect recording rates of 30fps.
“The new enhancements to the software will allow us to implement a realtime feedback feature so users can see the tracking result transferred to 3D characters at the time of recording motions for optimized workflow,” Nikonov says.
Nikonov also noted that the new 3.5 version offers faster calibration for the Sony PS3 Eye camera set up, which now takes less than three minutes (dependent on the number of cameras used) when using a high-end video card. In addition, increased calibration precision has resulted in more accurate noise and defect filtering.
Customers working with Sony PS Move motion controllers to precisely track hands and head rotations, a process that used to take up to 10 minutes depending on length of recordings, now will enjoy nearly instant application of motion controllers data.
Other key features in iPi Motion Capture 3.5 include: new export tab controls that allow users to rotate imported characters into proper orientation; the ability to transfer motion to imported characters with separate root bone and hips/pelvis bone; and support for FBX format 7.5.
iPi Motion Capture Version 3.5 is available on a subscription-based pricing model. Prices range from $45 to $2,495 depending on the version of software (Express, Basic, Pro) and duration of subscription. A free 30-day trial for Version 3.0 is available (http://ipisoft.com/download/).