REALVIZ Introduces New Capabilities to Their Award-Winning Stand Alone Applications - MatchMover, Stitcher & ImageModeler

NAB 2001 - LAS VEGAS



Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from REALVIZ

    SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- REALVIZ, the industry
 leader in image-based content creation, announced today that they will be
 introducing a series of innovative new capabilities to their Image Processing
 Factory software applications:  MatchMover, Stitcher and ImageModeler, with
 demonstrations at the REALVIZ stand (#M 8945), April 23-26, 2001.
     In an on-going effort to provide powerful effects and CG creation tools to
 a wider audience, reaching professionals and amateurs in film, broadcasting,
 gaming, architecture, Internet and CAD, these new features simplify and
 automate several key functions within MatchMover, Stitcher and ImageModeler.
 
     REALVIZ Products & New Capability:
 
     MatchMover:  Fully Automatic 3D Tracker
     REALVIZ is pleased to introduce the very first fully-automated 3D tracker
 within MatchMover.  Based on the award-winning application, which is
 acknowledged as the best-available 3D tracker on the market, and on strong
 statistical image content analysis technology, the automatic 3D camera tracker
 detects relevant 2D features in the original sequences and turns them into
 accurate 3D reconstructed scene and camera moves.  Track selection, 2D
 tracking and 3D tracking are all performed completely automatically.  This
 unique combination of the most powerful and productive camera tracking
 software (MatchMover) with automated image content analysis, derived from
 years of research at the famous INRIA Lab in France, has produced an
 incredibly fast and robust production tool for digital visual effects
 creation.
     In addition to this automatic feature, REALVIZ will also be demonstrating
 improvements to MatchMover's standard 2D tracker, which will enable the
 operator to tune MatchMover's tracker to take 2D pattern rotation and/or scale
 changes into account.  This will lead to improved 2D tracking, with an
 increased quality performance and ease of use.
 
     ImageModeler:
     Immersive Photo-Real 3D Environments Reconstructed From Panoramas REALVIZ
 introduces new modeling capabilities for their award-winning image-based
 modeling application, "ImageModeler", which allows 3D modeling from full
 360 degrees x 360 degrees panoramas.  Until now, image-based modeling with
 ImageModeler began with flat photos, or even stitched texture maps created
 with Stitcher.  This method is ideal for the creation of photo-realistic 3D
 models of human bodies and objects of any size, ranging from cellular phones,
 to cars and entire buildings.  Creating 3D models from 360 degrees x 360
 degrees panoramas now makes the job of creating various types of interiors in
 3D simpler and quicker than ever before.  This feature extends the use of
 ImageModeler to panoramic images allowing the user to import panoramic cubes,
 as rendered from Stitcher, and use them for modeling and texture extraction.
 Regular pictures can also be used, as previously, or any combination of
 regular pictures and panoramas.  No more than two full panoramas are required
 in order to recreate the fully textured 3D model of a room.  There is also no
 limitation to the number of panoramas used.
 
     Stitcher:  Automatic Stitching Capabilities with KAIDAN Panoramic Tripod
 Heads REALVIZ and KAIDAN will also unveil a new automatic stitching capability
 based on REALVIZ' Stitcher at NAB 2001.  The application to be shown is
 best-suited to handle images acquired with panoramic tripod heads, such as the
 KiWi+ Spherical and QuickPan Spherical models from KAIDAN.  Instead of
 manually placing images in the stitching viewport, the user need only define
 basic information on how images were acquired:  number of horizontal rows, for
 each row, number of images and vertical angle.  Based on this layout
 information, the program automatically places images in the stitching work
 space and runs the stitching process.  At the end of the automatic process,
 the user can proceed as in a regular Stitcher session (unstitch/restitch
 images if necessary, render, etc.)
 
     Pricing & Availability
     MatchMover is priced at an MSRP of $5,000 (U.S.), with limited versions
 starting at $2,600 (US).  Stitcher is priced at an MSRP of $800 (U.S.) and
 ImageModeler is priced at an MSRP of $4,500 (U.S.), with limited versions
 starting at $2,100 (U.S.).  KAIDAN KiWi(TM)+ Spherical Panoramic Tripod Head &
 REALVIZ Stitcher Bundle $1099.95 (U.S.).  KAIDAN QuickPan Spherical Panoramic
 Tripod Head & REALVIZ Stitcher Bundle $1379.95 (U.S.).
 
     About Kaidan
     Kaidan Incorporated (www.kaidan.com) is the world's leading provider of
 Photographic VR solutions for the Internet.  Kaidan has active alliances with
 many digital imaging companies such as Kodak, Olympus, Apple Computer and MGI
 Software.  Kaidan was founded in 1994, and is a privately held company with
 their main offices in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.  Kaidan offers their
 products and solutions through their worldwide distribution channels and
 through their web site.  For more information, please contact Kaidan
 Incorporated at:  (215) 364-1778 or Fax (215) 322-4186.  Contact:  Ria
 DiMartino, Sales and Marketing Director -- ria@kaidan.com.
 
     About REALVIZ
     REALVIZ is a privately held company based in Sophia Antipolis, France,
 with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, California, and offices in Paris and
 Singapore.  REALVIZ is the leader in image-based content creation for
 professionals and amateurs alike in film, broadcasting, gaming, architecture,
 Internet and CAD.  Derived from years of research at the famous INRIA Lab in
 France, the company's stand-alone software applications enable 2D, as well as
 3D artists, to easily and cost-effectively create rich media content for a
 wide range of applications, based on digital imaging.  REALVIZ' award-winning
 products are currently in use by some of the world's leading production and
 effects houses, web design studios and architectural companies.  REALVIZ'
 extensive client portfolio includes:  Walt Disney Imagineering, Industrial
 Light and Magic, Warner Brothers Productions, Cinesite, Glassworks,
 Framestore, Sony Imageworks, BBC, CocaCola, Digital Domain, Giant Killer
 Robots Inc., Buf Compagnie, Mill Film Limited, Procter & Gamble, RENAULT
 Design, RCA (Thomson Multimedia), the Jim Henson Company, Cabinet Benoit and
 AXYZ, amongst many others.  For more information, please visit
 www.realviz.com.
 
     Kaidan, QuickPan and KiWi are trademarks of Kaidan Incorporated.  All
 trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE REALVIZ
    SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- REALVIZ, the industry
 leader in image-based content creation, announced today that they will be
 introducing a series of innovative new capabilities to their Image Processing
 Factory software applications:  MatchMover, Stitcher and ImageModeler, with
 demonstrations at the REALVIZ stand (#M 8945), April 23-26, 2001.
     In an on-going effort to provide powerful effects and CG creation tools to
 a wider audience, reaching professionals and amateurs in film, broadcasting,
 gaming, architecture, Internet and CAD, these new features simplify and
 automate several key functions within MatchMover, Stitcher and ImageModeler.
 
     REALVIZ Products & New Capability:
 
     MatchMover:  Fully Automatic 3D Tracker
     REALVIZ is pleased to introduce the very first fully-automated 3D tracker
 within MatchMover.  Based on the award-winning application, which is
 acknowledged as the best-available 3D tracker on the market, and on strong
 statistical image content analysis technology, the automatic 3D camera tracker
 detects relevant 2D features in the original sequences and turns them into
 accurate 3D reconstructed scene and camera moves.  Track selection, 2D
 tracking and 3D tracking are all performed completely automatically.  This
 unique combination of the most powerful and productive camera tracking
 software (MatchMover) with automated image content analysis, derived from
 years of research at the famous INRIA Lab in France, has produced an
 incredibly fast and robust production tool for digital visual effects
 creation.
     In addition to this automatic feature, REALVIZ will also be demonstrating
 improvements to MatchMover's standard 2D tracker, which will enable the
 operator to tune MatchMover's tracker to take 2D pattern rotation and/or scale
 changes into account.  This will lead to improved 2D tracking, with an
 increased quality performance and ease of use.
 
     ImageModeler:
     Immersive Photo-Real 3D Environments Reconstructed From Panoramas REALVIZ
 introduces new modeling capabilities for their award-winning image-based
 modeling application, "ImageModeler", which allows 3D modeling from full
 360 degrees x 360 degrees panoramas.  Until now, image-based modeling with
 ImageModeler began with flat photos, or even stitched texture maps created
 with Stitcher.  This method is ideal for the creation of photo-realistic 3D
 models of human bodies and objects of any size, ranging from cellular phones,
 to cars and entire buildings.  Creating 3D models from 360 degrees x 360
 degrees panoramas now makes the job of creating various types of interiors in
 3D simpler and quicker than ever before.  This feature extends the use of
 ImageModeler to panoramic images allowing the user to import panoramic cubes,
 as rendered from Stitcher, and use them for modeling and texture extraction.
 Regular pictures can also be used, as previously, or any combination of
 regular pictures and panoramas.  No more than two full panoramas are required
 in order to recreate the fully textured 3D model of a room.  There is also no
 limitation to the number of panoramas used.
 
     Stitcher:  Automatic Stitching Capabilities with KAIDAN Panoramic Tripod
 Heads REALVIZ and KAIDAN will also unveil a new automatic stitching capability
 based on REALVIZ' Stitcher at NAB 2001.  The application to be shown is
 best-suited to handle images acquired with panoramic tripod heads, such as the
 KiWi+ Spherical and QuickPan Spherical models from KAIDAN.  Instead of
 manually placing images in the stitching viewport, the user need only define
 basic information on how images were acquired:  number of horizontal rows, for
 each row, number of images and vertical angle.  Based on this layout
 information, the program automatically places images in the stitching work
 space and runs the stitching process.  At the end of the automatic process,
 the user can proceed as in a regular Stitcher session (unstitch/restitch
 images if necessary, render, etc.)
 
     Pricing & Availability
     MatchMover is priced at an MSRP of $5,000 (U.S.), with limited versions
 starting at $2,600 (US).  Stitcher is priced at an MSRP of $800 (U.S.) and
 ImageModeler is priced at an MSRP of $4,500 (U.S.), with limited versions
 starting at $2,100 (U.S.).  KAIDAN KiWi(TM)+ Spherical Panoramic Tripod Head &
 REALVIZ Stitcher Bundle $1099.95 (U.S.).  KAIDAN QuickPan Spherical Panoramic
 Tripod Head & REALVIZ Stitcher Bundle $1379.95 (U.S.).
 
     About Kaidan
     Kaidan Incorporated (www.kaidan.com) is the world's leading provider of
 Photographic VR solutions for the Internet.  Kaidan has active alliances with
 many digital imaging companies such as Kodak, Olympus, Apple Computer and MGI
 Software.  Kaidan was founded in 1994, and is a privately held company with
 their main offices in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.  Kaidan offers their
 products and solutions through their worldwide distribution channels and
 through their web site.  For more information, please contact Kaidan
 Incorporated at:  (215) 364-1778 or Fax (215) 322-4186.  Contact:  Ria
 DiMartino, Sales and Marketing Director -- ria@kaidan.com.
 
     About REALVIZ
     REALVIZ is a privately held company based in Sophia Antipolis, France,
 with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, California, and offices in Paris and
 Singapore.  REALVIZ is the leader in image-based content creation for
 professionals and amateurs alike in film, broadcasting, gaming, architecture,
 Internet and CAD.  Derived from years of research at the famous INRIA Lab in
 France, the company's stand-alone software applications enable 2D, as well as
 3D artists, to easily and cost-effectively create rich media content for a
 wide range of applications, based on digital imaging.  REALVIZ' award-winning
 products are currently in use by some of the world's leading production and
 effects houses, web design studios and architectural companies.  REALVIZ'
 extensive client portfolio includes:  Walt Disney Imagineering, Industrial
 Light and Magic, Warner Brothers Productions, Cinesite, Glassworks,
 Framestore, Sony Imageworks, BBC, CocaCola, Digital Domain, Giant Killer
 Robots Inc., Buf Compagnie, Mill Film Limited, Procter & Gamble, RENAULT
 Design, RCA (Thomson Multimedia), the Jim Henson Company, Cabinet Benoit and
 AXYZ, amongst many others.  For more information, please visit
 www.realviz.com.
 
     Kaidan, QuickPan and KiWi are trademarks of Kaidan Incorporated.  All
 trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  REALVIZ