Research & Development

What we've done

Recent advances in graphics hardware have produced interactive video games with photo-realistic scenes. However, interactive characters still lack the visual appeal and subtle details of real actor performance as captured on film. In addition, existing production pipelines for authoring animated characters are highly labour-intensive.

RE@CT set out to revolutionise the production of realistic characters and significantly reduce costs by developing an automated process to extract and represent animated characters from actor performance capture in a multiple camera studio. The key innovation is the development of methods for analysis and representation of 3D video to allow reuse for real-time interactive animation. This enables efficient authoring of interactive characters with video quality appearance and motion.

The project started in January 2011 and finished in November 2014

Further details can be found on the RE@CT project website

Our goals

One of our technical goals in the project is to develop production technology for character modelling and animation that can fit in with the way that TV programmes are made today (such as use of conventional HD cameras in a TV studio, rather than special motion capture cameras), yet provide content to support new media forms such as interactive games containing actors from a TV programme. We developed a multi-camera capture and processing system to allow 3D reconstruction to be checked during or shortly after capture, in the same way as a conventional recording can be reviewed before the actors leave the studio.

We organised several test shoots to allow the technology to be tested in a TV studio, one based around medieval soldiers and another with a ballet dancer.

We also developed technology for authoring user-controllable interactive annotations that can be overlaid on video or rendered content, building on our work on the Augmented Video Player.

We were the lead partner in this FP7 project.

This project is part of the Immersive and Interactive Content section

This project is part of the Visual Computing for production work stream

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