Vicon Blade 2 Powered by Axiom
Designed for a future where motion capture and live action shooting become indistinguishable, Blade has been completely re-engineered with a focus on real time. Blade 2 Powered by Axiom captures performances effortlessly and delivers robust, reliable data that enables creativity.
Blade 2 Powered by Axiom is all about the studio. Designed with a completely new live side architecture, reengineered sync system and improved UI and workflows, Blade 2 makes the entire system easy to
operate, robust, fast and flexible at shoot time.
The calibration process is more accurate and runs up to 50% faster than previous versions. Multiple ROMs (range of motion sequences) can be captured simultaneously and character setup is improved with options to run separate skeletons for labeling and solving.
Axiom, Blade’s completely new live engine, faithfully reproduces performances with fast, clean, real-time visualization. It is capable of coping effortlessly with multiple characters, complex situations and difficult conditions. Significant occlusion and complex motions are taken in Axiom’s stride with no loss of fidelity or subtlety of motion.
Accurate and robust real-time labeling increases the usable size of your volume, giving you space to be creative. Axiom allows you to focus on the performance, not the technology. It won’t break your shooting momentum with failed or aesthetically unacceptable visualization. Just pure performance.
With the best real time on the market, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. A fast turnaround time, high quality data and instant feedback on your performance, make Blade 2 perfect for previsualization and virtual production.
The ability to interact with performers and make informed creative decisions on the motion capture stage not only saves time, but also allows experimentation, giving the director complete control.
Quick Post is the latest feature added to Blade 2. Designed for offline access to Axiom’s real time algorithms, Quick Post gives you the option of automating your post processing workflow. Reconstruct, label, fix occlusions and solve with one click and see the same flawless data that was delivered by Axiom in real time. Alternatively, you can export to the manual process at any time for a little more control.
WHAT IS AXIOM?
Axiom is the new live engine inside Blade 2. At the heart of the motion capture system, Axiom provides the flawless real time that has become synonymous with Blade 2.
A full features list is available here.
“What we’re doing with Blade 2 is ideal for previz. We now have more clients that are not
interested in any post-processed work, simply because it’s so easy to get the raw mocap data
– we’re literally delivering data to the client before they get back to their desk. I’d pitch Blade 2
against any other system on the market – the real time is awesome.”
Ben Guthrie, Motion Capture Supervisor at Framestore.
"Before deploying Blade 2 on our 118 camera main stage, we set up an eight camera mocap volume specifically to test Blade 2. So far, we've seen some amazing results. I haven’t seen eight cameras give that kind of robust capture EVER. These are exciting times in motion capture thanks to Blade 2!”
Brad Oleksy, Director of Studio Operations at EA Capture Lab.
“Blade 2's real-time is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is robust and solid even on the most testing of shoots. Gone are the days of collapsed characters because markers have been occluded. You have to see it to believe it.”
Mike Hedges, Studio Manager at Audiomotion.
Demo of Blade 2's Quick Post
Blade 2 demo video
Blade 2 video shown at SIGGRAPH 2012.
BLADE 2 BROCHURE