Vicon Launches boujou 5

1 September 2009, Oxford, UK: Vicon, developer of motion capture and image understanding systems, for the Entertainment, Life Science and Engineering industries, has today announced that boujou 5 is now available for purchase. boujou is the industry leading matchmoving software, famed for its established ease of use and automation.

Phil Elderfield, Product Manager at Vicon said: "The interest in boujou 5 at Siggraph this year was phenomenal. The feedback we've had so far has been great - I'm confident it will be our most successful boujou release to date."

Some exciting new features that existing boujou users have been eagerly anticipating include:

  • New Automatic Sequential Solver. Previous versions of boujou took the entire shot into account before delivering a solve. Now, it can look at a single frame at a time, which not only enables the user to intervene, it can make the entire process much faster
  • A fully functional Graph Editor, which lets the user manually adjust the camera data and, if necessary, resolve. boujou 5 also provides the ability to lock valid sections of solve data or sections which are known to be correct, which animators can then use to improve other areas of the shot
  • The Reference Frames feature allows users to import still images taken with any camera and use them to assist in a solve

Customers can purchase boujou 5 from 31st August 2009. The software installer will be available to download from the 7th September 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.vicon.com/boujou

NOTE: This release is for Windows XP and Vista. A Linux and OS X version will follow shortly.

About boujou
Vicon's match moving software, boujou (boo-zhoo), was the first fully automated camera calibration and tracking system. Using advanced adaptive algorithms developed from vision science research, the application removes previous limitations on what is achievable in visual effects production by enabling 3D professionals to derive complex camera tracks and calibration data from film and video material.

boujou has made a major contribution to high-profile television and film productions, music videos and commercials by facilitating the creation of visual effects that seamlessly combine live action and 3D. In 2002, boujou was awarded a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award.

About Vicon
Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world's largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems, and match moving software. It serves customers in the CG animation industry, film, visual effects, computer games, and broadcast television, as well as engineering and life science industries. Vicon operates in four offices worldwide, including its Los Angeles-based Entertainment headquarters: a 26,000 square-foot facility equipped with three performance capture stages for Vicon's service company House of Moves.

Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., a group of technology companies that produces image understanding solutions for the entertainment, defence, life science and engineering markets. Other holdings include: 2d3, a manufacturer of specialised image understanding software for defence applications; Yotta DCL our highways surveying business in the UK; and Yotta MVS, a leading US provider of data collection services for the assessment of property taxation.

Vicon and OMG global clients include: Life Science leaders University of Pennsylvania, the VA Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Titleist Golf, The Andrews Institute; Engineering industry leaders Ford, BMW, Airbus, Lockheed, Pratt-Whitney, NASA, Caterpillar, International Truck, and Toyota; and Entertainment companies Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Computer Entertainment, Industrial Light and Magic, Sega, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Vivendi, Electronic Arts, Square Enix and many others.

For more information about OMG and its subsidiaries, visit http://www.omg3d.com, http://www.vicon.com, http://www.vicon.com/boujou, http://www.2d3.com, http://www.yotta.tv, or http://www.yottmvs.com.

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