Modern motion-capture systems are the product of a century of tinkering, innovation and computational advances. Mocap was born a lifetime before Gollum hit the big screen in The Lord of the Rings, and ages before the Cold War, Vietnam War or World War II. It was 1915, in the midst of the First World War, when animator Max Fleischer developed a technique called rotoscoping and laid the foundation for today's cutting-edge mocap technology. Rotoscoping was a primitive and time-consuming process, but it was a necessary starting point for the industry. In the rotoscope method, animators stood at a glass-topped desk and traced over a projected live-action film frame-by-frame, copying actors' or animals' actions directly onto a hand-drawn world.
I don't really belong here, considering I barely know how to write some code. But I'm not sure where to look for help building a project where I am trying to utilize Human Pose Estimation and/or skeleton tracking. I've got some funding to pay somebody who is interested in helping, now I just don't know where to find that person, so I thought I'd look here.
If you ever played the OG Mortal Kombat, you have to see the original motion-capture of actors whose movements and likeness would be the inspiration for one of the greatest gaming franchises of all-time. Imgur user RambleKhron compiled the videos, turning sections of them into gifs with a short description and a link to the video it came from. Below are those choice gifs made by RambleKhron. It's no secret to fans of the original game that motion capture was used for playable fighters. It gave the game its gritty feel, and made the violence more realistic and dangerous at a time when video game violence was seriously under attack by both the media and governments worldwide.
See the included notebook for a detailed explanation and implementation. The model is implemented in Keras/Tensoflow, and is trained on data from 22 3d movies, sampled at 1 fps. Validation is perfomred on 3 held out movies. The total number of stereo frame is about 125K, training took 4 days on a gtx 1070 with batches of 6 stereo images with resolution 192x336 per eye.
One of the best-kept secrets of 2016 was the fact that a major character in Gareth Edwards' "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" would be appearing on screen for the first time since the actor who portrayed him passed away over 20 years ago. Through visual effects wizardry and a live-action performance by actor Guy Henry, the commander of the first Death Star in 1977's "Star Wars," Grand Moff Tarkin, was brought back to the big screen as though the late Peter Cushing was still portraying him. For John Knoll, it was the most difficult aspect of his responsibilities as visual effects supervisor on the global blockbuster. An Oscar winner for his work on "Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest," Knoll believes the illusion wouldn't have succeeded without Henry's presence. The effects team's job was effectively that of someone who would be creating cosmetic or prosthetic makeup.
Disney has ended a deal with PewDiePie - the world's highest earning YouTube star - after he posted allegedly anti-Semitic videos online. Felix Kjellberg posted at least nine offensive videos to his channel in six months, including one that featured two Indian men paid to hold up a sign reading "Death to All Jews". The 27-year-old Swede has more than 53 million subscribers to his channel and his videos - which mostly feature him playing computer games - have been watched over 14 billion times, more than anyone else's on the site. In 2016 he earned $15 million from advertising, sponsorships, appearance fees and merchandise. Part of his business was a joint venture with Disney's Maker studios, agreed in 2014.
Sometimes all you need is Katy Perry, a hamster and some tiny doll-size food. And that's precisely what you get in her just-dropped video for new song "Chained To The Rhythm," ft. It's her first song since the release of Olympic anthem "Rise" in summer 2016 and, naturally, we couldn't be more excited. The song features Bob Marley's grandson Skip, and was written by Perry, Sia and producer Max Martin. The song's mid-tempo beat lends a note of reggae to Perry's usual synth-pop.
Apple has purchased the company behind motion-capture technology used in the latest Star Wars film. Faceshift, a Zurich based start-up, specialises in software that allows 3D animated characters to mimic the facial expressions of an actor. Apple has now bought the company, though it is not known how much the deal cost the tech giant. It is also unclear what Apple's plans are for the company following its acquisition. A spokesman said: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
The U.S. home video market declined again last year as more people turned to subscription streaming services like Netflix for their home entertainment needs, providing further evidence of rapid shifts in consumer behavior that has put pressure on Hollywood studios. Revenue from sales and rentals of movies and TV shows totaled $12 billion in 2016, down 7% from the previous year, according to data released Friday by trade organization Digital Entertainment Group. Meanwhile, subscription streaming continued its torrid growth last year, surging nearly 23% to $6.23 billion in consumer spending, the group said. The declines in home video sales have squeezed Hollywood studios that once counted the in-home market as a key driver of profits, adding to broader concerns about the health of a movie industry that has suffered from long-term stagnation in theater attendance. The domestic box office hit a record $11.37 billion in the U.S. and Canada last year, but that was largely driven by an increase in ticket prices rather than attendance gains.