July 16, 2010

The Next Studio Session

Sorry for the delays with Brudders and Streams. We've been busy figuring out a workflow for our new mocap system, and we're getting close to nailing things down. If you'd like to see a brief test done in our secret lab, please visit Little Green Dog Test Tube, our new YouTube channel where we will be posting our geeky tests and experiments.

Anyway, creating motion capture on a 'regular Joe' budget will be the topic of our next Studio Sessions.


July 4, 2010

Little Green Screen Dog

I'm so excited! Team Little Green Dog now has its own green screen and motion capture stage. Granted, by Hollywood standards, it's a teeny-tiny 'broom closet' of a space, but it means we can finally get going with some of our movie productions.

For motion capture, we've been beta testing a system called iPi Studio for about a year now. iPi Studio was very affordable (introductory price is $495, and the recommended Playstation 3 Eye cameras cost about $30 each,) and because it's a markerless system, no special suit is needed. The system uses four PS3 cameras and a laptop to capture performances. I had to tap the metal base of the cameras to be able to securely mount them on c-stands but that turned out to be pretty easy. With the recent version 1.0 release, we're getting surprisingly good results for what's supposed to be an 'entry level' mocap system.

I'll post videos of the camera mod and test sessions in a few weeks.

Right now I'm writing a Brudders mini-movie so we can test the system in a real production scenario. It should be fun.