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Xsens MVN Wearable Motion-Capture Systems

Xsens suits Ted2 mocap well By Ko Maruyama

A few years ago, I saw a projection show by Skrillex that featured motion capture.  It was XSENS mocap, specifically an MVN Suit that allowed him to move and perform characters that became part of his stage presentation.  The MVN is a full body suit that includes several small trackers in the suit that allows your actor to move quickly/easily.  The Awinda system gives you the ability to record wirelessly too.  The data then goes right to Maya. (Max/Houdini/C4D too).

Xsens is used for all kinds of capture, from scientific to gaming.  It's also been used for feature films, including the first Ted and now Ted 2.

Xsens' MVN Wearable Motion-Capture Systems helpspush Universal Pictures and MRC's Ted 2 VFX to new heights lightweight inertial capture suits let the production company lay down Ted's performance live on set

Enschede, The Netherlands ' June 29, 2015 ' Universal Pictures and MRC's blockbuster Ted convinced cinema audiences that the world's most outrageous bear was real. But for Ted 2, the new comedy from writer/director and voice star Seth MacFarlane, the aims got a bit more mature.

The film's eponymous hero is getting married, considering fatherhood ' and even attempting to persuade the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that he's legally a person. There's even a big musical number. Joined once again by Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, the thunder buddies for life are entering into uncharted territory. It's time to legalize Ted.

Yet despite the complexity of the action, the film's motion capture was not the product of some multimillion-dollar facility. Instead it was produced live on set by Universal and MRC using Xsens' lightweight MVN inertial motion-capture suits.

Freedom to record anywhere

'Optical mocap wouldn't have been feasible given the demands of the production,' says Postvis Supervisor Webster Colcord, an industry veteran with a career spanning three decades. 'We needed a portable system that could be quickly set up anywhere with minimal impact on the rest of the crew.'

Duplicating the original film's capture process, Colcord and his team used a MVN system to record MacFarlane, who also voices Ted ' as he performed the character live. The sensors were simply strapped over his normal clothing, leaving the director free to carry out his other duties.

For the big musical production, which sees Ted accompanying a large group of dancers, mocap was recorded with three separate professional dancers and combined to create Ted's impressive moves. To pull this all together, Colcord turned to MVN Link: Xsens' next-generation lycra suit, which enables users to capture the motion of actors at up to 240Hz, and at distances of up to 150m.

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