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Numediart and its researchers at the service of Ghinzu… and Mamemo

The single “Cold Love” (from the album “Mirror Mirror”) by one of Belgium’s most popular contemporary rock bands, Ghinzu, was produced by François Jacques. This artist from Mons called on numediart to carry out the spectacular special effects of this video, which already got more than 100,000 hits on the Net (lien towards Youtube).

The musicians can be seen catching fire during their performance. These images were made possible thanks to the equipment and the technological know-how in the field of Motion Capture (in short MoCap) that the Numediart put at the director's disposal.

The director, supported by Numediart's MoCap costume specialist, pushed the limits of this equipment by adapting the technique to CGI. He managed to carry out amazing special effects that required several computers working 24/7 several days long.

Two and a half months of work were necessary to finish off the production of this clip made with a very tight budget of 10,000 euros.

numediart also collaborates with Neuro TV to make cartoons that also use the motion capture technique. The association between Numediart and NeuroTV allowed Olivier Battesti, creator of Mamemo, to achieve his lifelong dream to give life to the group's puppet-mascot thanks to real-time 3D animation.

The Tapage Nocturne studio (Rixensart) recently joined the NeuroTV company and Numediart to develop a new production tool combining Mocap and real-time 3D.   Thanks to this 100% Belgian technology, producers can animate things in real-time, via a Mocap system and one or more 3D characters moving in a virtual environment.

“The process of producing a cartoon via Mocap is completely different from making a cartoon in the traditional way”, explains Guy Vanden Bemden, general manager of Neuro TV. In this case, the production is done in real-time. Each cartoon is shot much like a TV programme under conditions similar to live recording. To give you an idea, thanks to this technique, a 12-minute take can be shot within two or three days. With the traditional method, only 15 seconds of a sequence can be animated per day! Just imagine how much time you can save!” ”

The Numediart Institute for digital arts technologies was created in 2010 by the University of Mons (UMONS) as a follow-up of the excellence programme of the same name that was subsidized by the Walloon region (1997-2012). It aims at ensuring internationally acknowledged training and research activities in the field of digital arts technologies, while building on the dynamics started with the Mons 2015 project. It works on processing in the following fields: sound, picture, video, gestures and bio-signals for applications where the man-machine interaction aims at bringing emotion to life.

More info from the Numediart coordinator, Prof Thierry Dutoit at thierry.dutoit@umons.ac.be