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[LEVEL UP KL 2022]Senior Animation Manager at PS Studio Malaysia Kenn McDonald Talks about How MoCap Is Key To Making Realistic Animation


Over at LEVEL UP KL 2022, we had the possibility to tune into the discuss that Kenn McDonald, the Senior Animation Manager at PlayStation Studios Malaysia gave on the subject titled: The Introduction to Motion Capture (MoCap) in sport.

Kenn has 20 years of  expertise in MoCap, so naturally he is aware of so much concerning the ins and outs of mentioned know-how. The growth of MoCap over time has been actually spectacular, from the event of Rotoscoping by Max Fleischer for movies, to the MoCap that we see being utilized in online game titles equivalent to The Last of Us or Uncharted 4.

He additionally talked about that Prince of Persia was one of many first ever video games to make use of rotoscoping know-how, and at  the time it was mentioned to be essentially the most spectacular development within the sport business. It was later adopted by Virtua Fighter which used much more MoCap animation, and later with Half-Life 2 that improved onto the development of video games growth the place they used facial seize to make the characters feel and look extra life like.

L.A. Noire made their stride into movement seize know-how the place they made massive efforts in specializing in the character’s faces, however by splitting up the movement and facial seize into two separate components, which evidently the ultimate product of the sport felt a little bit misplaced.

Kenn talked about that The Last of Us used conventional movement seize strategies the place they use a variety of cameras which centered on capturing actors’ faces. However throughout the identical time, the Performance Capture know-how which was utilized in Beyond Two Souls allowed them to seize each the actor’s actions in addition to facial expressions. And finally, PlayStation got here again with the superior Performance Capture know-how for Uncharted 4.

Kenn McDonald Motion Capture know-how that builders use now are very completely different from rotoscoping know-how, because the tech behind it has turn into extra superior, but the method of movement seize has not turn into simpler.  One of the examples given by Kenn was that if somebody touches one of many digicam, all of it needs to be re-calibrated. Yet, PlayStation nonetheless determined to stay with movement seize know-how was as a result of it produced life like outcomes, even it doesn’t make manufacturing simpler.

Kenn as soon as once more mentions that movement seize doesn’t make sport growth cheaper, sooner or simpler. The gear required by the actors and the method of capturing their actions are additionally sophisticated. From the fits, to the calibration, to the information processing, all of which wants hefty quantities of assets.

Kenn McDonald But regardless of all that, they nonetheless determined to keep it up as a result of the outcomes that the MoCap know-how was capable of produce made making Action-Adventure video games extra vigorous because it is ready to have the character’s motion really feel extra alive and pure.


PlayStation Studios Malaysia are at present recruiting for extra individuals to hitch their group to additional contribute to the event of video games and creating high quality AAA masterpieces. For those that are interested by becoming a member of them, you possibly can apply and submit your resume by clicking on the hyperlink right here.



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