Video game production schedules are typically murder on development teams, but when a motion-capture performer ends up dead on the set, it’s a job for the crime scene investigators of CSI: Miami. Guest-starring professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, a recent episode of the hit CBS series features VICON motion capture cameras as a key to solving the case.
The episode, which aired Monday, March 21, has Hawk and other athletes being recorded with an array of VICONs high-speed, high-resolution optical motion capture cameras. The data collected on the set is then loaded into the VICON iQ software and used by the CSI team to find the cause of the mysterious death.
VICON mo-cap systems are used by such major game makers as Microsoft Games Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. In addition, creative tools and services provided by VICON and its sister companies, 2d3 and House of Moves, are heavily utilized in the production of visual effects for motion pictures such as Titanic and The Polar Express.
According to VICON, its next-generation VICON MX real-time optical motion-capture systems usher in ultra-high-resolution, virtually artifact-free capture with VICON MX40, the world’s first four-million-pixel motion capture camera.