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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 41: Vista Animations]

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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 41: Vista Animations]

“Your avatar is you”, says CEO of Vista Animations/MoCap Barcelona Vista Barnes and his colleague Vista Design adds: “You put a little bit of your soul in there!”.

That describes it in a nutshell: motion capture based animations bottle up the essence of one’s personality and by releasing it in the digital realm add warmth to that pixel alter ego known as our avatar.

Vista Animations is based in a small seaside town in the Catalina region of Spain, just down the road from bustling Barcelona.

Unbeknownst to most locals, their team of four employees are not only one of Second Life’s most successful providers of AOs, dance animations and couple interactions but offer services to many real life companies in gaming, business and healthcare as well.

The Vista team is perfectly equipped to deal with the new Bento skeleton of Second Life, where intricate finger and facial motion capture is now possible.

Vista Barnes is enthusiastic about the future of virtual worlds and VR but keeps it real: “We are ready for the future with all these devices and possibilities but we also live in the present, where our customers are. Second Life is going absolutely nowhere and neither are we!”

For more information and a FREE Draxtor AO collection go in-world to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vista%20Animations/159/130/25

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Credits for this episode:

- Arduenn Schwarztmann built the in-world camera array [contact him about it!]

- Mambo Morane aka Phil Thoma shot RL and SL footage and handled all the stitching [ask him what he can for you!]

- Marianne McCann did fabulous production design and handled some tough logistics

This 360 video would not have been possible without the pioneering help of an early group of friends who wrecked their brains to come up with a reasonable workflow: Torley, Pepa Cometa, Erythro Asimov, Rysan Fall, Ole Etzel

Audio was mixed with the Spatial Workstation and Reaper.

Thanks to all the wonderful extras that appeared in this film: please identify yourself with timestamp and what viewing angle you appear at [360 video is adding some challenges for sure]

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Music by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Frank Mills and http://bit.ly/spotify_drax

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Blogs about this episode:

LL = https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/The-Drax-Files-World-Makers-Episode-41-Vista-Animations/ba-p/3073204

Inara = https://modemworld.me/2016/10/12/the-drax-files-41-animating-second-life/

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