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Motion Capture for Independent Filmmakers

May 14, 2022

10 AM - 5 PM EST

This 1-day, 6-hour introductory workshop is aimed at filmmakers who are interested in learning how to record and export motion capture data using the Rokoko.com suits and software recently acquired by DARC. This is an in-person workshop offered at Digital Arts Resource Centre (67 Nicholas St, Ottawa). To participate in this workshop, all participants must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while on site at DARC.

The day will be divided into two halves, with a one-hour lunch break in between:

First half of the workshop (10am-1pm): Participants will first learn about different motion caption systems and specifically about how the wi-fi based Rokoko system works. They will be introduced to the Rokoko software and learn how to create projects and how to use the free library of available prerecorded motion capture files. Finally, they will be introduced to the Rokoko suits and gloves and learn how to put them on, connect them to the battery packs and how to connect them to a wi-fi router.

Second half of the workshop (2pm-5pm): Participants will be shown how to create actor profiles, how to calibrate the suits and gloves, and how to record and export scene takes. Everyone will have a chance to both wear the suits and to do the recording using the software. The final hour will be devoted to a demonstration of how an exported mo-cap file can be imported into 3D animation software like Blender and re-targeted to a rigged 3D character to animate it.

Course Outline

Session 1: Saturday, May 14, 10am-5pm

Materials

All motion capture equipment and software will be provided by DARC.
Any additional materials will be sent in advance via email.

About DARC's Workshops

Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) provides training in a varied range of disciplines related to filmmaking and media art while making a dedicated effort to create a pathway to an intersectional education. We aspire to be a platform for creative support and community building through active participation and exchange of knowledge. Our workshops and courses explore the ways in which technical and conceptual frameworks can be used as tools to improve your creative practice. DARC’s educational offerings are open to members and the general public engaged in the creation of non-commercial, independent productions and work.

PWYC Pricing

Our online workshops are pay what you can by donation. Fees for workshops can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation, for more information please email us.

Who Is Eligible to Register for Workshops?

Workshops are open to Digital Arts Resource Centre members and the general public engaged in the creation of non-commercial, independent productions and work (Non-commercial, independent productions are productions for which the director retains copyright and artistic control, and for which the production is neither being produced for a client nor for the purpose of advertising or promotion).

Who Is Ineligible for Workshops?

Digital Arts Resource centre does not offer our workshops to persons employed by any government body or any major corporation if the resources are being used to facilitate benefit for one’s employer or for corporate professional development within one of these kinds of organizations. Our workshops are heavily subsidized as they are available only for independent artists/learners who cannot typically afford to take corporate rate workshops. You can find non-subsidized workshops from our friends at SPAO or Henry’s.

Cancellation

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.