How to Use the Intersense Vcam

The InterSense VCam, at its core, is a tracking system that has been very specifically conceptualized, designed and developed for pre-visualization applications in film and video game production. The InterSense VCam empowers the director to take the control of virtual scenes in his own hands.

It allows you to create virtual camera moves and increase your productivity as a director by streamlining the workflow and slashing production costs. The following article takes a brief look at using the InterSense VCam.

Step 1: Understanding Previsualization

Previsualization is a complex technique that enables a director to visualize scenes in a movie even before the actual filming begins. The technique has also been applied to games. It has revolutionized the way content is created for movies and games.

Step 2: InterSense VCam and Previsualization

The Intersense VCam is a Previsualization enabler that allows you to simulate camera moves in virtual space using cinematic realism. The VCam captures and renders the Previsualization in real time and at production resolution to allow the director a degree of flexibility that is rarely available.

It allows you to save hours of production time by directly scouting camera angles and trying out multiple camera moves into the virtual space without key framing and programming the camera paths.

Step 3: Working with VCam

With the VCam, you are required to setup a virtual scene and use the virtual camera and move it around to capture shots in real time. The VCam requires you to create a “Volume” within the virtual environment. Once you create this volume, it will allow you to position and rotate the camera relative to the environment. Once created, you may scale the volume to make the actual virtual space much larger or smaller. Expansion of the virtual space will enable you to render and mimic crane and aerial shots using a camera in your hands.

Direct control is transferred from keyboard to the actual camera held by the director. This gives the virtual production, the look and feel of a live production environment. Once the control is transferred, you will use the 3-axis joystick on the camera to create transition and rotation to the production volume.

Once setup you will use the functions on the camera to zoom, control, record and play as well as job, scrub and key frame directly from the camera. You may use the wire-free options to improve directorial flexibility. You can also mimic the realism of an actor in a shot without an actual actor being there and move control from virtual cameras in a computer to the actual tangible camera held by the director.

Optionally if you are a LightWave user, you may integrate the NewTek LightWave 10, and the InterSense VCam to create a 3D virtual production system.