Vicon Launches Cara Facial Motion Capture System

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Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:36 -- Nick Dager

Vicon's new Cara facial motion capture system.Vicon has launched Cara, what it says is a pioneering facial motion capture system. The system is available to order now.

Cara is designed to enable film and games studios of any size to bring characters to life through advanced facial tracking and capture. It offers users improved efficiency and performance for games and film production, setting the standard for affordable, accessible and high-quality character realism.

The system is available as a standalone product or can be integrated as part of a full Vicon motion capture workflow, opening up the performance capture market to a whole new range of potential customers. Its modular design gives users flexibility when dealing with the captured data. Users can take up to four high definition images and pass them either through Vicon’s CaraPost software to automatically produce 3D points or their processing pipeline of choice to recreate the actor’s performance on a computer generated model.

Based on 30 years’ motion capture experience, Vicon has developed Cara to be reliable, future proof and to offer unrivalled quality, enabling users to focus on the creative process rather than breaking shoot momentum with failed or aesthetically unacceptable visualization.

Ben Guthrie, motion capture supervisor Framestore, “Head mounted cameras are the way forward when it comes to large scale capture stages. Through beta testing of Cara we've seen at Framestore that Vicon is an innovator in the industry. Cara offers four synchronized high-speed cameras with full wireless connectivity, and a robust dot tracking solution that integrates well into existing Vicon motion capture products as well as being a solid standalone system.”

Vicon CEO Imogen Moorhouse, “The need for a modular, high-performance and accessible facial motion capture and tracking system has long been recognized within the industry. This makes the launch of Cara very exciting and instrumental to the future of facial motion capture. Vicon’s long heritage and industry expertise allows us to develop practical innovations to enable our customers to push the boundaries of what is possible. Whether the user is a start-up studio or a long-standing Hollywood giant, high quality facial motion tracking is now accessible to all.”