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AR/VR Realtime Camera Tracking

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Technology

Instant realtime tracking
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No need for time-consuming system calibration, teaching of environment or surveys.

Multi sensor hybrid technology
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For a robust solution in mission critical situations, Ncam combines patent pending multi-sensor technology. Ncam does not rely on simple optical only solutions.

Ultra fast setup and workflow
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Ncam Reality’s user friendly interface enables super quick automated origin and axis alignment or speedy and interactive manual placement via its image based modelling module.

Use existing graphics pipelines
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Ncam supports industry standard real-time broadcast graphics engines, either via the Free-D protocol or Ncam’s SDK.

Integrated lens calibration
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Proprietary lens distortion model for all lens types via in-built lens calibration module. Export lens calibrations to your chosen graphics engine.

Lens encoding
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Focal Length, Focus and Iris values via external ncoders or direct data from Canon/Fujinon digital virtual ports via smart ncoder cable.

SDK v2 for custom integration
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The new v2 SDK supports enhanced real-time streaming of data including timecode, optical parameters, distortion maps and parametric camera models plus support for future features.

Copper or Fibre options
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Ncam’s latest hardware design enables all data to be sent down a single Cat6 Gigabit Ethernet cable. Alternatively, this can easily be converted into fibre via standard media converters.

Projects

Independence Day 2

King Arthur

King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table - Warner Bros.

ESPN - MNF

ESPN - Monday Night Football - Ncam on Spidercam

Geostorm

Geostorm - Warner Bros.

Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Marvel Official Website

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercars - Meet Ncam "Yesterday we introduced you briefly to a brand new technology Ncam, our virtual reality car...." Read more

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski VFX Supervisor: Dan Glass

MBA All-Star

MBA All-Star - Turner Sports "Turner Sports is tasked with producing an NBA All-Star 2015 chock-full of high-profile events across two boroughs this weekend, and the network has brought out a wealth of tech toys to cover the festivities. Headlined by the use of Spidercam at Barclays Center on Saturday night and new virtual graphics courtesy of Ncam and Orad at MSG on Sunday night, Turner has deployed an army of cameras and production elements in an effort to make New York’s NBA All-Star Weekend one for the ages." Read more

2014 World Cup

German national public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have been relaying live coverage from Brazil since June 12. Accompanying TV pictures from the rooftop World Cup studio at the Copacabana are shared by both channels, and offer stunning views across Rio de Janeiro with the beach and landscape in the background. Ncam is being used to send tracking information to the virtual studio to create the outdoor immersive graphics.

Edge of Tomorrow

With many of the sets for Edge of Tomorrow requiring digital extensions, the camera and visual effects teams on the film benefited from the use of the Ncam camera tracking system to help in crafting shots and providing temp views both for the Heathrow sequences and those in Paris. fxguide

Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is 500 miles (805 km) long and is the most prestigious race in NASCAR as well as the first race of the year. Wind Trax, a virtual wind speed and direction visualization that is rendered in real-time with Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing engine, was debuted at Daytona 500 by Fox Sports. Wind Trax uses splines imported as .fbx files into Viz Artist. A designer in Viz Artist adds textures and motion effects to the splines that can be changed based upon live data. An NCAM tracking system mounted on a camera in the stadium sends tracking data to Viz Engine. The tracking data combined with live weather data allows Viz Engine to render a real-time representation of the wind direction virtually on the track.

Super Bowl XLVIII

Augmented reality graphics powered by Viz Virtual Studio systems working in conjunction with Ncam's multi-sensor tracking were used for graphics and effects.

White House Down

Take Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, which made innovative use of the new Ncam system. Mounted under the main camera, Ncam’s scanner first builds a 3D model of its surroundings. Backgrounds and assets created in previs can then be added on the fly, delivering a precomposed image straight to the director’s monitor. Speaking in Cinefex 134, Emmerich said, “This kind of system is the future. Ncam is now my favourite tool.” Cinefex Article

Muppets

Walt Disney Pictures http://www.disney.com/

Robot Overlords

For the shots featuring the Air Drone, Ncam was used extensively to aid the shooting of the live-action plates. “It was exciting to see the reaction of the camera operator,” Eason recalled. “Like a lot of people, he was a bit sceptical about Ncam – sometimes people view it as a bit of an encumbrance. But when he realised he was actually able to see the hovering Drone through his viewfinder, and walk around it and choose angles, he was really excited and impressed.” Cinefex article

Testimonials

One of the great benefits was that Ncam had immediate plug and play capabilities. This is state of the art, ground-breaking weather presentation. If you go to NAB you see a lot of virtual and tracking systems, but they are clunky and heavy and hard to integrate, usually using their own graphics software. Ncam is portable, and it is plug and play. It integrates with our software and it is completely flexible. Ncam is unique. Jeremy Jones
Director of Television Products - The Weather Channel
Ncam became an indispensable tool for “White House Down”. The Camera Operators used it for framing of virtual sets, editorial used the on-set composites for postvis, and we used the Ncam data as a starting point for final shots. I even used animated objects inside virtual scenes to cue dozens of extras and give correct eyelines to actors. Marc Weigert
Visual Effects Supervisor / Co-producer / Second Unit Director
“We’ve had the great fortune to work with Ncam for almost a year now. In that time we’ve been able to do things with virtual graphics that we’ve never been able to do before. They have an incredible team that continues to innovate. We look forward to pushing their technology even further in the years to come.” Zac Fields
Vice President Graphics & Technology FOX Sports Media Group
"Ncam is an invaluable resource for any virtual environment photography. It gives a whole new enlightenment for cinematographers, operators and directors. A must-have for modern filmmakers." Nick Davis
VFX Supervisor - All You Need Is Kill, Warner Bros
“This kind of system is the future. Ncam is now my favourite tool.” Roland Emmerich
Director - White House Down, Sony Pictures
“Ncam enables us to do augmented reality in places where it would have been, if not impossible, then very difficult to do. The ease of setup and reliability of the tracking is excellent and will move many who have been hesitating to begin looking into augmented reality.” Gerhard Lang
Chief Engineering Officer, Vizrt
“You’re able to shoot something as if it was actually there, so it unlocks your shooting style. Normally when you shoot a visual effect like that, and there’s nothing there, you’re worried about not framing it up properly. If we can see the VFX, we can frame it much more naturally, and you get a much more interesting shot. I imagine in years to come this will be fairly standard practice. The days of tennis balls on sticks are numbered.” Jon Wright
Director - Robot Overlords

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