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By: NMK Created on: January 24th, 2006
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A leading UK games developer has chosen Academy Award winning motion capture technology from 3D leader Vion to power its titles, based on performance and scalability...

Vicon, the Oxford-based leading developer of motion capture systems and part of the OMG group, announced on 16 January 2005 that video game developer Square Enix has become its latest customer...

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The installation of the 44-camera Vicon MX40 system for facial, hand and full-body capture will allow Square Enix to produce more advanced and realistic animation that will ultimately improve the quality and complexity of its video games.

Square Enix acquired the system to take advantage of the immediate performance gains of Vicon MX when recording actors for cinematic sequences and in-game play, and to support higher camera counts and complexity for motion capture on next-generation titles.

Square Enix has created such popular game franchises as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, has been an experienced motion capture user for many years. The decision to move to the Vicon MX system comes after Square Enix determined the Vicon MX40 system to be far superior when compared with their former motion capture system.

Motion capture for the high-definition age

Weve found that once they see the superior performance and scalability, customers realise that Vicon MX technology delivers exactly what theyve been looking for, said Alexander Muir, International Sales, Vicon. The Square Enix team tried hard to break the Vicon MX and Vicon iQ software during the evaluation phase," he explained, "with shots that were previously impossible such as a five-man dog-pile and other complex multiple performer moves. The system was still able to achieve accurate results. With Vicon MX in hand, companies like Square Enix will be able to motion capture multiple performers for their titles with higher detail and fidelity.

In addition to overall system performance and robustness, the purchase decision was also based on Vicons product support, professionalism, and the level of accessibility and service from the regional team.

About Square Enix:
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises Final Fantasy, which has sold over 63 million units worldwide, and Dragon Quest, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. More information can be found at www.square-enix.com.

About OMG:
OMG plc (LSE: OMG) is the global leader in the three-dimensional capture and analysis of movement, providing tools and services for life science, entertainment and engineering applications. Based in Oxford UK, California USA and Colorado USA, OMG has customers in over 35 countries and is listed on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. The group trades through a number of operating subsidiaries in the name of Vicon Peak, 2d3 and House of Moves in the UK and USA, and through a network of distributors in other major countries. For more information about OMG, or its subsidiaries, visit www.omg3d.com, www.viconpeak.com, www.2d3.com, or www.moves.com

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