The Future Group, Xsens and IKINEMA partner up

The Future Group, Xsens and IKINEMA partner to bring plug-and-play real-time character animation to the broadcast industry

Combined solution provides a real-time production process for capturing AR character - talent interactive content

The Future Group, provider of live photo-realistic virtual production systems, today announced a collaboration with Xsens and IKINEMA to simplify and automate the production of real-time AR character animation, and real-time AR character-talent interaction.

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The solution combines motion capture, character animation, compositing, and character-talent interaction, into a single real-time process that removes much of the video post-production traditionally required for this type of content.

Real time animation and live virtual character puppeteering has been one of the most asked for features from our customers, but also one of the most costly and difficult types of production to do. By partnering with Xsens and IKINEMA, we have collectively created the solution our customers are looking for.
— Marcus B. Brodersen, CTO, The Future Group

The Future Group, Xsens and IKINEMA together recognise that broadcast and virtual production customers need cost-efficient and easily accessible tools to be able to leverage the potential of real time character animation and puppeteering, and are committed to working together to give customers the best end-to-end tools, support and services to achieve this.

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When we first encountered Pixotope™ and its unique features, we immediately saw the huge potential and we are pleased to be their partner for live motion capture. Our goal is to support the Future Group in bringing this exciting live technology to the broadcast industry and further simplify the user experience. This partnership is significant for both companies.
— Hein Beute, Director Product Management Xsens

From today The Future Group’s flagship product, Pixotope™, will ship with plug-and-play integration for both Xsens and IKINEMA products, which enables Pixotope™ customers to access world class real-time motion capture and live character animation tools, directly inside Pixotope™. 

The need for highly believable augmented characters that behave naturally and dynamically inside virtual sets are important factors to immerse and engage viewers—we’re delighted to advance Pixotope™ customers with our quality LiveAction technology. Together with The Future Group and Xsens we’re taking them into the next generation of live broadcast.
— Alexandre Pechev, CEO, IKINEMA
We see a rising trend in the broadcast industry requiring real-time virtual character interaction. By partnering with The Future Group and Xsens we bring the power of IKINEMA LiveAction retargeting and real-time animation clean up into the Pixotope™ pipeline, providing an end-to-end solution.
— Ahmed Elhasairi, Technical Director, IKINEMA

Representatives from all three companies will be present at NAB (8-11 April, Las Vegas) on The Future Group’s NAB stand (SU12702) demonstrating the combined solution all four days of the exhibition.

About Xsens -

Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in applications such as industrial control and stabilization, health, sports and 3D character animation. Clients and partners include Electronic Arts, NBC, Universal, Daimler, Autodesk, ABB, Siemens and various other leading institutes and companies throughout the world.

About IKINEMA LiveAction –

IKINEMA LiveAction enables users to live-stream, retarget and clean motion capture data, taken during an actors’ performance. The technology boasts zero lag – meaning there is no latency between the actor performing the motion, instant retargeting and viewing on the virtual avatar. Characters move with authentic human or creature behaviours and interact with props in their virtual environments, all performed within Unreal Engine 4. LiveAction works with any motion capture system and is an out-of-the-box solution for IKINEMA Orion, Xsens, Optitrack, and Vicon. Prominent clients include: Digital Domain, Disney ABC Networks, Disney ESPN, Dreamworks Animation, Epic Games, Goodbye Kansas, GREE, Inc., Kite & Lightning, Madison Wells Media, Nexon GT, Oath Inc, Original Force, Perfect World, Rede Globo, Smilegate, Stiller Studios, Tencent NEXT Studio, WB Games Inc., Wright Flyer Live Entertainment, and many more. | facebook | twitter | youtube | instagram

About The Future Group -

The Future Group is an international award-winning technology and creative services company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with teams based in Norway, the US and the UK. 

The Future Group has developed award-winning virtual production tools, now available as a subscription service, that are easy to use and completely scalable. Built around the patent-pending and live production-proven Frontier™ technology, Pixotope™ is a subscription software suite that delivers cinema quality through close integration with the Unreal Engine™ from Epic Games.

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