Motion Capture Is Getting More Realistic Thanks To The HTC Vive

Video: Is this the beginning of method acting in video games? Cloudhead Games have pioneered a combination of VR and motion capture to virtually situate their actors in the scenes, so they can more organically record both movement and dialogue. Their game “The Gallery: Call of the Starseed” is set as a launch title for the HTC Vive, and it seems fitting that they’re also using this technology to create it.

In this video you can see actor Adrian Hough recording the motion-capture for his character The Watcher, for which Cloudhead has created custom scenes for him to navigate. It’s a similar concept to the Hollywood practice of building intricate sets even where they could be composited, allowing the actors to react and interact more naturally with their surroundings. For the motion capture itself they aren’t relying on a big, expensive set up with hundreds of cameras, but rather the compact mo-cap suit from Perception Neuron. Check out the whole process in the video above.

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