iPiSoft_logoMainiPi Soft Year-Old Filmmaking Contest Continues To Showcase Best And Brightest Filmmakers Using Markerless Motion Capture SolutionNow entering its second year, the iPi Soft filmmaking contest, designed to showcase the creative works produced using the ground-breaking markerless motion capture software, continues to yield some impressive and innovative films from enthusiasts around the world.

“When we started the contest last year we weren’t sure what we would get,” Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft’s founder and chief technology architect, says. “Now over a year into it and we are continually astounded at the creative ways filmmakers are using our software to tell their stories.”

The October winner is director Patrik Hjalmarsson’s  “The Battle of Miridem,” created using the popular Halo characters and assets. The latest version of the game, Halo 4, was made using iPi Motion Capture (click here to read the news release).

Some of the other recent standouts include the May 2013 winner “Craigslist Horror,” directed by Russell August Anderson, a dialogue heavy short that plays like the opening to some popular crime procedurals like “CSI” or “Law & Order,” or perhaps a gritty indie film; and June 2013 winner “Shadow Boxing,” directed by Timothy W. Leeds that depicts a cinematic battle between a man and his super-powered shadow.

“iPi Motion Capture allowed me to create this video in half the time it would have taken me to animate the shadow myself,” Leeds says, “and it gave the shadow character more natural movement.”

Anderson adds, “With iPi Soft I was able to act everything out beforehand and easily drop the mocap data into Source Filmmaker with DMXs. This was my first time using the software and the one Kinect setup was a breeze. What surprised me the most was when my girlfriend watched some of the final motion capture and said, “Oh my god, that’s you moving. I can just tell, it’s exactly how you move.”

iPi Soft Filmmaking Competition – Background

The monthly iPi Soft Filmmaking Contest, geared to motion capture filmmakers and animators, is designed to shine a spotlight on the innovative ways both creative professionals and amateurs are relying on motion capture techniques to create compelling digital entertainment content. (Read press release with additional details –


To enter, contestants need to produce an original 3D animation using a trial version or a full version of the iPi Soft Motion Capture software, and send an animated video to comp@ipisoft.com.

One winning entry is selected each month by the iPi Soft based on the quality of the film submission. Winners receive 1 (one) free license of the iPi Motion Capture software (Standard Edition), plus a year of support.

About iPi Soft:

Launched in 2008 by CEO and Chief Technology Architect Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft, LLC is the Moscow-based developer of iPi Motion Capture™, a markerless motion capture software tool that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s breakthrough technology digitizes the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it in expressive 3D characters for video games or computer generated films. For additional information, on iPi Soft, product pricing or a 30-day free trial please visit, http://www.ipisoft.com.

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