Quantic Dream doubles its investment in Vicon

T-Series upgrade increases full performance capture space by over 200% helping Quantic Dream achieve more with less technology

World renowned games studio, Quantic Dream, has invested in 38 additional T-Series T160 cameras. Having previously enlisted Vicon technology for PS3 exclusive titles, Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain, the recent investment will enable Quantic Dream to execute future high-profile projects in a larger full performance capture (FPC) space than ever before.

The upgrade more than doubles the available FPC volume, increasing the space from 3x4x3m, to 6x4x3m. Guillaume de Fondaumière, co-CEO at Quantic Dream said: "For any project, we usually require a mix of body mocap and full performance capture. Previously, this would mean having to create a new wall of trussing to mount the cameras into a smaller volume and re-configuring the system. This could take anywhere up to five days every time we needed to switch between the two set-ups. Our new system enables us to keep all the cameras on the same rig, meaning we can quickly and easily switch between body and full performance capture saving days of production time."

The newly equipped studio is now capable of both full performance capture for at least eight people and body capture at any time, providing Quantic Dream with a flexible and cost-effective solution. Vicon's extensive pre-consultation work at the site ensured that the new studio fulfilled all of the requirements laid out by Quantic Dream in maximising the full potential of the space and providing industry proven, production ready data through the integration of Vicon's data processing and capture tool, Blade 2.

Fondaumière continues: "The challenge for us was guaranteeing a quality full performance capture rig for our studio space. The Vicon team used their knowledge and expertise to design the studio and delivered over and above what we expected to achieve with fewer cameras than we thought possible. We are truly amazed at the results."

Imogen Moorhouse, CEO at Vicon commented: "Quantic Dream are a longstanding and innovative customer; so it was exciting to be challenged by them to deliver increased efficiency. We're delighted to have provided them with a studio that fits all requested purposes and exceeded their expectations. Quantic Dream's further investment in the T160, in combination with Blade 2, is testament to the camera's data quality and power and the software's reliability and production ready toolset."

Technical breakdown:

New system

  • Camera count: 76 T160s
  • New body capture volume: 11m x 6m x 3m
  • New Performance capture volume: 6m x 4m x 3m
  • Talent count for PC stage: at least eight actors

Previous system

  • Camera count: 64 – 36 T160s and 28 MX40s
  • Previous body capture volume: 11m x 6m x 3m
  • Previous performance capture volume: 3m x 4m x 3m
  • Talent count for PC stage: four actors