Inventors of new motion capture method win 30,000 euros

With a new motion capture method scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken want to revolutionize the world of movies. In the IKT Innovation competition their technology convinced the jury completely: At CeBIT they were honored for their invention. German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler awarded them the prize money of € 30,000 in the competition.

Winners from MPI Saarbrücken
Picture: The winners and the Federal Minister of Economics from left: Christian Theobalt, Carsten Stoll, Michael Richter, Nils Hasler and Philipp Rösler, Copyright: Press / Ministry



The researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have developed a technology that greatly simplifies the production of scenes where e.g. monsters are chasing through realistic-looking environments. Actors’ movements are captured with a few cameras in a real scene and then transferred extremely realistically to virtual characters. This will not only simplify the work of cartoon makers, but also assist doctors and sportsmen with motion analysis. The new technology will soon be marketed by a newly-established business and presented at the computer trade show CeBIT in Hanover from March 5 to March 9 in Hall 9, Booth F34.

New motion capture method

Picture: Actors in their normal clothing are filmed with ordinary cameras. The movements are then analysed with special computer software and transferred to a virtual character in the form of a skeleton. © MPI for Informatics


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