Vicon Motion Systems, a developer of optical motion-capture solutions, announced today that it has acquired Los Angeles, Calif.-based House of Moves, the longest-standing independent motion-capture service studio in the world.
Vicon and House of Moves have been involved in a synergistic relationship since 1996. The acquisition will make House of Moves a vehicle for testing and refining Vicon’s latest products.
“Becoming a part of Vicon is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Tom Tolles, CEO and founder of House of Moves. “With the Vicon resources now available to us, we are the best-equipped motion-capture studio in the world."
The acquisition comes just as House of Moves prepares to launch its third expansion into a brand-new production facility, a 12,000-square foot building boasting the largest dedicated motion-capture stage in Los Angeles. The new studio will feature a full-body performance stage outfitted with a 30-camera Vicon system, a 24-camera rehearsal insert stage and an audio-scan-facial capture stage.
House of Moves will continue to service its regular clients, which include Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sony 989, Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain and other film and game development leaders. The studio will also continue to develop its motion-capture workflow animation software, DIVA, which is compatible with existing Vicon pipelines. Code from DIVA was recently licensed by Alias for adding character retargeting and motion data workflow efficiencies into Maya 6.0.