EA Motion Capture Studio Tour

 

Motion capture actors use a variety of stylized props that help them act naturally, despite the skin-tight body suit and the high-tech surroundings. This crude car was the subject of a number of gleeful photo-ops.

 

Even more exciting was this arsenal of fake guns. As you might expect, video game motion capture actors have guns in their hands a lot of the time.

 

A close-up of a handgun, equipped with reflective balls. The replicas were made of what felt like resin, and had a surprisingly authentic heft.

 

This sci-fi weapon was used during motion capture on Mass Effect 3. Holding it brought out my inner Krogan, if only a little.

 

Facial motion capture requires an entirely different technology suite. The images from all 16 cameras are composited to form a life-like image. This entire set-up can be packed up into crates and shipped around the world, and often is. Star athletes follow their own schedules and itineraries.

 

Returning to the lobby of the building, we had a chance to check out some of EA CAPTURE’s signed memorabilia. Not pictured: an awesome shot of the team posing with one of Christopher Nolan’s Batmobiles.


The more crucial motion capture becomes to video games, the more interesting the activities of people at studios like EA CAPTURE will become. Some of it is downright bizarre: imagine letting yourself be tackled over and over and over again until the people working on the next installment of Madden decide they have the shot they need. After seeing what EA had to offer, my interest is definitely piqued. Keep an eye out for more coverage of the motion capture that goes into your favorite games.

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