The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 41: Vista Animations]


DRAX: And here it is – the first Drax Files in full 360, thanks for all your hard work Phil. PHIL: Yeah it’s my pleasure. Maybe we should shut up now and roll the show? DRAX: My thoughts exactly! My name in Second Life is Vista Barnes. I’m the owner of Vista Animations. My name is Vista Mesh. I do the clothing. My name is Vista Design. I design the HUD. My name in Second Life is Vista Animations. Motion capture technical. We have a motion capture studio, dedicated to sell animations from AO movements to dances and couple interactions. We have 12 Vicon Bonita cameras, we use the Vicon software, then I use the Motion Builder and Second Life. DRAX: So there are over fifty markers right? 56 markers or something? VISTA BARNES: 56 ! DRAX: Amazing… VISTA BARNES: 56 plus the hand system. VISTA ANIMATIONS: Calibrate the cameras, calibrate the system,
calibrate the skeleton, the actor, the props. Then capture the animation. VISTA BARNES: We normally add some dances to our AOs. DRAX: Wait a minute: did we do any walking? VISTA BARNES: Well we can do those too! DRAX: Right! VISTA BARNES: Or do you prefer to do first the dance? DRAX: Yeah, I don’t walk, I just stand and talk
and I don’t dance, all I do is talk and talk and talk and talk some more and then there
is not even an audience, there is just sort of like cutouts like cardboard and I just
talk… VISTA BARNES: Motion capture – it’s evolving really fast. We started in 2008 with one suit, it was something
like U$ 45000. Last year we have purchased like a Chinese
version of it. It costs something like US$ 2000, it is crazy. KIANA WRITER: … we do absolutely everything these days in Second
Life. DRAX: Wait a minute I have to interrupt you. KIANA WRITER: No! You can’t start it like that. DRAX: What do you mean ‘no’? Of course I can. VISTA MESH: We have actors that come here or dancers. VISTA ANIMATIONS: And more people act with the face, not with the body. VISTA MESH: And they are not used to wearing the suit. VISTA DESIGN: Do you want to play with this? DRAX: Yes! A guitar! That’s the best guitar I ever owned. Well, I don’t own it… VISTA BARNES: Your avatar becomes you. Animations and clothing and everything could
be really different but at the end it is you. SINGING ALONG: ‘Run to the hills, run for your life…’ VISTA BARNES: At the beginning I was the actor for the male AOs. So I went to the disco and I see people
dancing with my movements. It was a little bit strange to see so many
clones around. We opened the office in Arenys de Mar because
it was where I live. It allows me to spend lots of time with my
family. Second Life has changed my life, I think in
many ways. DRAX: Does your family think you are crazy? VISTA ANIMATIONS: It is true that my family don’t understand what I do. My mother say ‘the people who buy this animation,
they have it?’ ‘No, they have it for their avatar!’ DRAX: Do you ever do the female animation? VISTA MESH: No I don’t do anything with mocap suit. DRAX: Why not? VISTA MESH: It’s a little embarrassing. See it’s like be naked and it’s strange. VISTA DESIGN: Other people, they can see something of you. Your personality. It is no more cold, freeze. It’s like you put a bit soul from you in there. DRAX: As the local mocap meister Andreu is there like a pickup line you use…. VISTA ANIMATIONS: In the disco? DRAX: Yeah! VISTA ANIMATIONS: Do you want to I capture you? DRAX: Oh boy… Ok ok t-pose! [clapping…]

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