Turn Your XboxOne into a Motion Capture Device!

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Reallusion, leading edge software developer providing cinematic animation tools for PC, Mac and mobile platforms has announced the new Mocap Plug-in for Mocap Plug-in for Kinect for XboxOne, for use with the iClone 6 Pro software.

In 2012 Reallusion became the first mobile motion capture solution provider when they launched the Kinect mocap plug-in for the Xbox 360. With the new high definition Kinect motion capturing tool, users can now use their own bodies to more accurately control virtual actors in real time without having to rent an entire mocap studio or even wear a markered jump suit.

3 New Features for Kinect Mocap Plug-in:

• The Kinect Mocap Plug-in for Xbox One with iClone 6 Pro, is compatible with the new Kinect for Xbox One camera sensor. New additions to the sensor include: Time of Flight sensor that offers unparallel tracking accuracy; 1080p camera with increased field of view that requires less room to operate and a higher light sensitivity.

• Additional trackable skeleton joints enhances neck up/down, upper torso, wrist and knee rotation, and squat movements.

• Improved 3D visualization for better floor and feet contact, including the ability to save floor calibration.

Mocap release_1Main Features:

Floor Detection & Alignment New 3D floor alignment and floor adjustment function helps keep every foot step on the same surface elevation, preventing unnatural floating or sinking foot motion when moving about.

Near Mode & Wider Angle Lens Now you can capture your motions closer to the camera even when sitting in front of the desk. Thanks to the near mode, your motion data can be captured as close as 50cm to the sensor with full accuracy and precision.

Chest Turn, Head/Neck Rotation We’ve added the option of head rotation tracking, which motion captures rotation around the X-axis and Z-axis. This means that you can now make characters nod in agreement, turn their heads to the side, or look from left to right.

Half-body Capture & Mask With this Kinect for Xbox One mocap plug-in you are able to choose between “full-body” or “upper body” to perform half-body captures while in a seated position. On the other hand, you can also mask out specific body parts to combine with already existing motions, or add knee rotation constraints for a more stable motion capture.

Head & Knee Movement The Microsoft Kinect SDK allows end point motion capture, allowing your head and knee movements to be recognized for more natural-looking animations.

Remote Body Commands No need to walk back to your computer to start or stop recording. Now you can use simple gestures to send preview and record commands to the motion capture device.

Quick Switch Rapidly switch between multiple mocap performers captured on camera without having to re-target each time. Do this by directly right-clicking on the tracked body.

Mirror Capture Check on the “Mirror” option to flip your character’s movement from one side to the other.

Motion Smoother Remove annoying motion jitters with the new enhanced motion smoother option.

The Mocap Plug-in for Kinect Xbox One is now available for 79.99 GBP

For more information, please visit: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/mocap/

Learn more about the iClone Export Pipeline: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/pipeline/

The iClone-Kinect Mocap Plug-in supports depth sensors for:

:: Xbox 360 :: Xbox for Windows :: Xbox One

PhiShield – A World First!

In this day and age of internet convenience, stolen identities and hacking are unfortunately common occurrences. What if we told you there was a product that would give you complete peace of mind for everything you do online? I know I would certainly feel happier about it.

Introducing PhiShield. It is the world’s first cyber and phishing loss of funds insurance. Protecting against cyber fraud, cbyer attacks and fraudulent credit card transactions, PhiShield gives you complete peace of mind when transacting online by covering you financially, and working in conjunction with any of the leading brand internet security solutions.

There are various levels of cover up to £10,000 against financial loss as a result of unauthorised transactions. This cover is valid on any personal account held in your name at any bank.

Phishield gives protection against the following frauds:

  • Online Purchases
  • ATM Transactions
  • EFT Fund transfers
  • Card Fraud
  • Phishing Scams
  • In-App purchase fraud
Phishield is re-insured by Lloyd’s of London. From as little as £24.99, contact Phishield for your individual cover requirements. www.phishield.com   UK PR Boxshot (2)

Simply Create Music!

MAGIX, makes of user friendly multimedia software since 1993 is pleased to present Music Maker 2016 – the new generation of software for music production and live performance. With Music Maker 2016 Live and Music Maker 2016 Live Performer you can produce music and play it live without any previous experience. The brand new Live Pads make creating new tracks easy and enable true creative freedom and lots of fun -especially when making electronic music.muma_live_2016_uk_bb_yeah_3cA highlight of Music Maker 2016 Live is the new Live Pad mode´which contains 16 virtual pads that can be operated and recorded in realtime using the keyboard or the MAGIX Audio Remote app. The program features 30 pre-produced Live Sets in a range of genres including Hip Hop, Deep House and Techno. The Live Sets can be adapted, are license-free and can be used from directly within the program with other genres or Live Sets. Each set is available in 7 pitches and pitch can be shifted with just a click when creating a track. The new free Audio Remote app can be used to operate the virtual Pads and all virtual instruments in Music Maker by smartphone or tablet. For exciting live performances, MAGIX Music Maker 2016 Live Performer comes with USB pad controller hardware for operating Live Pad mode. The compact USB pad controller has been developed specifically for Music Maker 2016 Live and works perfectly with the virtual Pads. It comprises a velocity-sensitive keyboard with 25 keys as well as 8 knobs that are ideal for improvising, producing and composing music. MAGIX Music Maker 2016 Live has a whole range of options for bringing musical ideas to life. Combine professionally produced sounds and loops by drag & drop, record your own vocals in studio quality and compose new melodies with the MIDI editor. With Soundpools from the genres of Hip Hop, Deep House, 80s, Rock Pop and Chillout and four new virtual instruments, the program provides an unlimited variety of musical styles:
  • Dramatic film music with cinematic synthesizer sounds
  • The virtual Accordion adds a light, authentic sound to electro beats and traditional French songs
  • Gentle folk influences with banjo, steel guitar and other folk instruments
  • Compelling melodies and epic vocals with virtual choirs
Music_Maker_2016_ParamEQ_EN For optimal audio quality, professional mastering plug-ins are seamlessly integrated into Music Maker 2016 Live. Sound can even be optimized automatica lly with Auto Mastering. The effects areas has been completely redesigned and the new sound effects settings are directly integrated into the interface, making them easier to operate. The screen keyboard features a new mode in which it only plays the notes that fit the key of the song you’re working on – so even beginners will always hit the right note.

Music Maker 2016 is available now in the following versions:

MAGIX Music Maker 2016 £44.99

MAGIX Music Maker 2016 Live £69.99

MAGIX Music Maker 2016 Control for £119.99

MAGIX Music Maker 2016 Live Performer £139.99 – available online only

www.magix.com  

Incomedia Announce New WebSite X5 Evolution 12 and Professional 12

When it comes to creating your own website it is so important to get the look and feel of the website right. Which is why we are pleased to announce that Incomedia have launched the new version of their powerful website creation software. Available in three editions – Evolution 12, Professional 12 and Home 12, this web design software creates responsive websites that are compatible with all screen resolutions of any device. It is easy to use and the intuitive step by step features mean you can create your perfect website in no time! All you need is a mouse – yey for easy to use software! More information below!   WSX5 Flash image WebSite X5 Evolution 12 is the perfect tool for creating websites, online stores and blogs in just 5 steps: simple to follow and easy to use, all that’s needed is a mouse. Websites created with this software are optimized for search engines, compatible with all the main browsers and they are responsive, automatically adapting to the resolution of all devices (desktop, tablet or smartphone). Not having to worry about the technical aspects means that users, whether professional web designers or newcomers to website creation, only have to concentrate on their website’s design. Users can choose from over 1,000 customizable templates, or create one of their own. They can create the website’s map or blog with all the necessary pages, organized in various levels. WebSite X5 uses a page formatting system for creating pages with a simple content Drag & Drop technique (text, tables, pictures, etc.). Advanced features include online stores with credit card payment facilities, multi-language websites, a password-protected members’ areas, to name but a few. Websites will be ready for online publishing and broadcasting to Google and various social networks in very little time thanks to the program’s built-in FTP engine. WebSite X5 Evolution 12 is available at the market price of £ 49.99.   WSX5 Ev_Pro_Box WebSite X5 Professional 12 allows users to create websites, blogs and online stores, all of which are responsive and complete with an app. Users who choose this solution will get a professional website that is powerful and rich in features, yet easy to use and, very importantly, mobile friendly. An important value-added feature in the Professional version is the FeedReady app, freely available for iOS and Android. It can be linked to the blog or RSS Feeds on the websites and visitors can be invited to follow all website updates. The e-commerce features are also more advanced: it’s possible to create a product catalogue, manage stock availability through the control panel and set up payment methods, discounts and so on. Plus by setting up accounts by hand, users have total control over access to members’ areas and customer access. Websites created with WebSite X5 Professional 12 also enjoy high rankings in the SERPs, thanks to advanced optimization analysis features. WebSite X5 Professional 12 is available at the market price of £ 139.00. With Evolution 12 and Professional 12, WebSite X5 has taken another huge step forward in meeting customers’ expectations and staying abreast of the latest technology. www.websitex5.com

Style with Grace

We are quite often out and about at meetings or events, and though we have got used to the standard black laptop bags to carry gear around in, it was a welcome bit of news when we spoke to our client STM about their new range of bags. Named the Grace after US Navy Admiral ‘Amazing’ Grace Hopper who helped developed the first programming language that revolutionised the computer world, the Grace range is elegant, fun and strikes a balance between simplicity and style. stm grace all dark purple front angle Combining STM’s trademark focus on protection for your digital gear, and clever thoughtful design, the Grace is a chic and sophisticated range. Consisting of a Clutch, Sleeve and Deluxe Sleeve, the whole range is designed to carry, protect and organise just the essentials of any digital day and are all slim enough to drop into another larger bag if necessary. They all come in four different colour options – night sky, dark purple, coral/dove and teal dot/night sky, and for 13″ or 15″ laptops. We are having trouble here deciding on our favourite (Jess has voted for purple to go with her purple laptop, obviously). STM Grace_Deluxe Sleeve The Clutch is available for £14.95, Sleeve for £29.95 and Deluxe Sleeve for £39.95. For more information please see www.stmbags.com

Review units are available – if you would like to see any please contact Jess on jessica@bleatpr.com

Here’s to wonderfully coloured and protective laptop bags!

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