Rockstar’s 3D Motion Scanner Technology
A page from the developer diary for the forthcoming Rockstar game L.A. Noire, in the form of a video showcasing what can be done with a few cameras nowadays. 3D motion capture technology has become a mainstay in game development however it is only recently we are beginning to see real improvements in rendered facial expressions. New technology is being used and the results are astounding to say the least.
Actors such as Aaron Staton who plays the games hero detective Cole Phelps are processed by a battery of cameras in a studio dubbed the depth analysis room, which is reminiscent of the white room from the Matrix. Emphasis is on how well they are able to capture and reproduce emotions on screen. For any fans of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure you’re treated to Ted’s Dad squirming to the questions of detective Phelps at 03:25. L.A. Noire is expected to be on store shelves Q2 2011.