Take4D is a Virtual Production, Mixed Reality and Real Time Visualisation company providing tools and services to:
- Feature Film (Hollywood / International)
- Television / Commercials
- Video Games
- Theme Parks
Take4D tools have been used to create some of the worlds most spectacular visuals such as the “The Forbidden Journey Ride” at Harry Potter World, Universal Studios, amazing stunts for “Assassin’s Creed”, helicopter shots at 150 mph for “Hansel & Gretel”, and talking animals for “Babe”….
Virtual Production is the start to end process of creating digital production in real-time enabling creative freedom and decision making to rise above the technology.
VP may or may not include real world filming. We are unique – we have developed technology that sits between three worlds.
We cover three main areas:
Real Time Camera Tracking & Mixed Reality Rendering
Using our proprietary tools, we track Film or Video Camera movement in real-time. That movement then drives a digital “virtual camera” in a 3D virtual world and the two images, one from the real camera, the other from the virtual camera, are mixed live on-set. The image that the director is now looking at on his live monitor is that of the real actors standing in an imaginary world. This has the massive advantage of allowing the director and entire crew see a near final image at the time of shooting, hence decisions can made on set to correct issues that otherwise only show up in post production, at which time it is too late and would require a pick-up or re-shoot.
Post Production and Visual Effects Companies may also use this camera tracking data to complete the final shot thereby directly saving expensive and lengthy post-tracking costs.
3D CGI & Motion Capture / Performance Capture
Unreal CG creatures are also inserted into the live monitor image. We capture the performances of actors to generate real-time “digital creatures / characters” adding them to the mixed reality image live on-set. The director and actors can now fully interact with each other live in real-time in the shared imaginary world. This has huge benefits in improving actor performances and reducing errors. This results in significant savings by reducing wasted time and money.
Robotics & Motion Control Cameras
Motion control is often seen as complex and expensive; it should not be. Planning is the key to success and Take4D Virtual Studio (T4D VS) contains a complete suite of world-class tools to create the fastest, simplest, and most cost-effective shoot possible.
Working along-side the manufacturers tools, T4D VS enhances and extends motion control capabilities far in excess those found in products such as Kuper, Flair, Mantis, Concept Overdrive, and Kuka. T4D VS has dynamic robotic simulators that replicate real mechanical rig. Camera-work, human stunt-work, or physical prop movements are safely “solved (*)” in advance with confidence that they will run on the real hardware (**).
(*) Solved – is a term that describes the process of programming a motion control rig to follow a specified path planned in advance using 3D software. T4D VS can solve motion control in the pre-visualisation stage thereby saving expensive down time on-set. Calibration and alignment features are included to accurately playback moves relative to physical sets. Any changes made to the shot are reverse engineered from the rigs back to post production to removing the need for MatchMoving or tracking.
(**) Confidence – there will always a small difference between any simulation and a real world counterpart. Setup and calibration is critical to the success of the simulation.
The company was established by Richard Widgery to provide cinematographers the tools they need to match their creativity. Take4D staff are veteran pioneers in digital cinematography, motion capture and motion control having been at the fore-front of development since 1989. Their innovation in feature film, games, television and virtual production makes them the go-to people in complicated multi-skilled shooting set-ups. We draw on a wide range of technologies to give DOPs, directors and visual effects artist the tools needed to stay ahead of audience expectations with a blend of artistic and industrial engineering that sit firmly in between all three worlds… practical cinematography, CGI, and visionary ideals.
We firmly believe in bridging the gap between Pre-Visualisation, Production, and Post-Visualisation, some term this Virtual Production – we like to call it just “Visualisation”.
Cost and Time Saving
One of the greatest benefits that Take4D has brought to effects productions in the significant cost and time savings. Whilst each project has unique requirements, Take4D products and services brings an unprecedented level of clarity and efficiency, shortening development times, and eliminating errors and waste.
Please take a look around our site and contact us to discuss your specific requirements.Share