At just under $40,000 for an eight camera setup, we’re hardly in hobbyist territory here, but Organic Motion’s new OpenStage 2.0 motion capture system could certainly make do in the average basement. Unlike a few competing solutions shown here at SIGGRAPH, this one actually has no backdrop mandate, and better still, doesn’t require you to latch a single sensor onto your subject. The magic lies within the cameras hung above — kits are sold that contain between eight and 24 cameras, and even the latter can be handled with a single workstation. Multi-person tracking ain’t no thang, and while you aren’t capturing HD footage here, the high-speed VGA capability enables up to 200 frames per second to be logged. Not surprisingly, the company’s aiming this squarely at the animation and medical realms, and should start shipping bundles as early as next month. Looking to take down Pixar? You’ll need a lot more than 40 large, but perhaps the video after the break will give you a bit of inspiration.
I did not get a chance to post this up a couple of weeks ago, but thought it was still worth sharing.