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Turn Your Xbox Kinect into a Mocap Device using iPi Mocap

iPi Mocap is included in roundup piece in Engadget about how to turn your Xbox Kinect sensor into a motion capture device. iPi Soft founder and chief technology architect has said, “We will be using the same devices for playing video games as well as creating content for them. I would compare older mocap solutions to antiquated mainframe computers.”

This is a worthwhile read.…/using-the-kinect-for-motion-cap…/…

Recently iPi Soft also announced performance enhancements to iPi Mocap V.3.0 to  include new distributed recording functionality that sets a standard for capturing synchronized video by providing up to 16 Sony PS3 Eye camera support or up to 4 Kinect sensors recorded onto multiple PCs during the same motion capture session. Additionally, the ability to track three actors simultaneously gives professional users working in film, TV, videogame development and beyond, a powerful and efficient motion capture tool. See video here.

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16.03.15 0 comments

Q&A with Digital Rebellion’s Jon Chappell & Broadcast Beat


Visit Broadcast Beat to read a Q&A featuring Jon Chappell of Digital Rebellion and his thoughts on workflow efficiency – video team col, asset management, and more —



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16.03.15 0 comments

Ambient Heading to World Animation & VFX Summit

summit-logo-2014-409x300-3-3-14Ambient will be heading to LA to attend the World Animation & VFX Summit (Summit), Nov. 2 – 5, in Los Angeles. Now in its third year, the Summit brings together studio executives, producers, agents, distributors and talent to discuss industry trends, the latest software and hardware technologies and production techniques that are shaping the future of the worldwide animation and VFX industry. This year’s Summit theme centers on “A Year of Reinvention and Renovation.”

Paul Babb, president /CEO of MAXON US will be this year’s keynote speaker. Babb is noted for his unlimited creative energy, progressive stance on product development and customer service, and support for education. At the Summit, he will share his thoughts on technology advances that are helping artists create cutting-edge 3D motion graphics, architectural and product visualizations, video game graphics and tips for how companies can stay competitive by engaging communities.

Brandon Parvini, the creative director at Ghost Town Media, will be featured panelist on the “21st Century Tools of the Trade” session with other creative luminaries to explore some of the latest innovations and technologies and strategies that Ghost Town is using that foster creative excellence on film, international branding, broadcast commercials and live-visuals for the world’s top performers including Muse, Linkin Park and global brands such as Mercedes and Absolut. Ghost Town is a MAXON Cinema 4D “house” and last year also started using the iPi Motion Capture software solution from iPi Soft.

Details on the Summit are available here

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23.10.14 0 comments

The Possibilities of Motion Capture Technology

iPiMocapJeremiah Karpowicz of Pro Video Coalition interviews Anthony Hoit from the Graphic Film Company on the studio’s use of iPi Soft’s markerless motion capture technology in the upcoming feature film, “Night of the Living Dead: 3D Origins 3D” – great read!


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03.07.14 0 comments

2014 NAB Show attendance numbers were up — MAXON had a great show this year!

C4DR15Boxshot2a68ede820The NAB released the official attendee numbers for the 2014 NAB Show. Attendance was approx. 98,000 — up 4% this year. MAXON had a very busy show. Paul Babb, pres/CEO of MAXON US, spoke on camera at NAB to a number of media outlets. A link to his interview with Randi Altman at Post Perspective talking about all the latest partnership news with Vizrt and Thinkbox Software  is here – all good news for CINEMA 4D artists!

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16.04.14 0 comments

MAXON at the 2014 NAB Show

MAXON is heading to the 2014 NAB Show next week. There will be lots of activity at the company’s exhibitor booth (SL # 8620) to include Cinema 4D R15 technology demonstrations as well as daily appearances on the MAXON main stage from some of today’s most talented 3D digital artists – motion graphics, visual effects and visualization professionals — sharing their insights on how Cinema 4D helped to streamline workflow in the making of award-winning feature films, television shows and commercials, video games, medical/architectural/product visualization projects. Thinkbox Software reps will also be in the MAXON booth showing off Krakatoa C4D, the powerful new particle renderer now available as a plug-in for Cinema 4D. All presentations will be streaming live

Check out the link here to the MAXON at NAB 2014 online press kit for more details. 

I do hope to see many of my industry friends at the show!

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01.04.14 0 comments

Holiday Greetings

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This holiday season Ambient PR continues its spirit of giving tradition by making donations to worthy organizations around the country, including:
• National Alliance for Mental Illness
• Second Harvest San Jose
• Central Coast Pug Rescue
• Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation
• American Liver Foundation
• Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Wishing all my friends and colleagues holiday happiness and I look forward to working with you all in the                 new  year.
Season’s Greetings & Cheers,Vicky

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21.12.13 0 comments

David Lewandowski’s “Late for Lunch” featured in Fast Company

LateforMeetingprt_1382690856Hugh Hart’s article in the Fast Company “Co-Create” column looks at the VFX in David Lewandowski’s whimsical short film, “Late for Meeting”. CINEMA 4D was used throughout the viral sensation and Hart does a great job providing insight into David’s creative process.

Read here:

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13.11.13 0 comments

Michael Nikonov and Ko Maruyama Discuss Innovations in Markerless Motion Capture on GBR ‘Tech Trends’

Michael Nikonov and Ko Maruyama will be interviewed live this Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. PDT on Gaming Business Review’s ‘Tech Trends” to talk about innovations in markerless motion capture.

Michael is founder and chief architect of iPi Soft, the developers of the popular iPi Motion Capture solution. Ko is a veteran animator, technology writer, video producer and close colleague of mine. For the past ten years, he has been an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in the motion design and 3D animation graphics department. He is setting up an iPi Motion Capture studio for the first time and is excited to talk about the creative benefits that iPi Mocap will bring to his students.

Wanda Meloni recently launched the live ‘Tech Trend’ video interviews (airing on Spreecast) on her lauded Gaming Business Review site.

Spreecast details are available here:

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22.10.13 0 comments

MAXON Announces New CINEMA 4D R15

CINEMA_4D_New_in_R15_BevelMAXON pleased to announce CINEMA 4D Release 15 (R15) that redefines the 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting and rendering software workflow. The next generation release is marked by powerful enhancements to modeling, text creation, rendering and sculpting. Press release with details:

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23.07.13 0 comments
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