Synergy 88 Digital Inc., the country's leading animation and game development studio recently announced its acquisition of the OptiTrack Prime 41 motion capture system, easily at par with high-end systems currently being used by Hollywood film makers and also by the world's leading game developers.
Motion Capture, or "MoCap" for short, is a system composed of hardware and software to record human actors' movements and using that information to animate a character to a 3D representation in the final application such as video/film or for a game. In a motion capture session, movements of the actor are captured by multiple cameras from many angles to calculate 3D positions. This animation data is then mapped to a 3D model so that the model on the computer screen performs the exact, same actions as the actor. Film-makers have used this same technology on movies such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and for games such as the popular NBA 2K series published by 2K Sports.
The OptiTrack Prime 41 system is the world's largest volume motion capture camera. It features exceptional precision capture, a 100' tracking range, and huge capture volumes. Offering 4.1MP of the most intelligently processed pixels in the industry, it delivers pixel for pixel performance that outclasses all other motion capture cameras in its field. The hardware and software system has 16 high-definition cameras and also boasts of outdoor motion capture without the need for a full motion capture suit.
The OptiTrack Prime 41 is the Philippines’ first high-end motion capture system and Synergy 88 Digital is the first digital and animation studio to offer state-of-the-art motion capture services for various applications such as films and games.
World renowned studios such as Activision, EA, Microsoft, Capcom, Crytek and Ubisoft are currently using similar OptiTrack systems for recent and current projects. For instance, Microsoft used OptiTrack for the motion capture requirements of its upcoming release, Halo 5.
Alvin Juban, Director of Business Development for Synergy 88 Studios and also the President and Chairman of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) said that "With this system we just 'Leveled Up' the entire animation and game industry in the country. Now we can cater to higher requirements from the private sector, the local movie industry and even for education purposes. Apart from servicing our current and future clients, we can use this system to train local animators to use world-class hardware and software. The Philippines has a vast pool of talent and we just need the right equipment to push them to the next level."
To make all the 3D magic work, Synergy 88 Studios earmarked approximately a 300 sqm property just for the motion capture system at their Quezon City corporate center.
For those who wish to see the OptiTrack Prime 41 system in action, Synergy 88 Studios will have a demo booth at the Asia Pop ComiCon Manila event at the World Trade Center, on September 17 to 20, 2015.