Rokoko recently announced that they are launching a virtual production starter kit that enables collaborative, virtual content creation for developers looking to build stunning virtual reality (VR). The Virtual Production Starter kit has integrated SteamVR Tracking 2.0 and is able to live track multiple characters, props, and virtual cameras on an indie budget, thanks to this integration.
Since Rokoko launched their Smartsuit Pro last year they got a lot of questions about how users could work with props, camera tracking, and multiple characters in large spaces. They note that existing solutions on the market at the time were not to user friendly and expensive for most users to handle. With that in mind, the team at Rokoko have since been testing out several solutions which have led them to develop Virtual Production Starter kit.
The solution is able to be set up within a few hours and can be done with standard household/office equipment, costing less than $1,000 (USD). Thanks to the new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 system from released earlier this year, Rokoko were finally able to put together a system that supports up to 10 meter by 10 meter spaces, and a modular base station setup where both price and precision match users’ needs. This has lead to Rokoko becoming an official integration partner of the SteamVR Tracking 2.0 system. This means that the new base stations and tracking software will be fully integrated into their new Virtual Production Starter kit. With the software solution, users will be able to leverage Rokoko’s capturing tools, Valve’s tracking tools, and the rendering tools of the Unity engine to created stunning experiences within one, accessible software solution.
Rokoko’s mission has always been to democratize development tools and make character animation more accessible and available to all. Thanks to their experience and expertise, they have been able to create a system that is not only able to meets these goals but also ensures more developers and content creators have the tools readily available to them.
Pre-orders for the Virtual Production Starter kit are now up on Rokoko’s site and start at $2,895 (USD) which includes a Smartsuit Pro, two SteamVR 2.0 Base Stations, a tablet mount for Virtual camera, tracker screws and tracker mount for the Smartsuit Pro and a six month licence to the required software. Additional order sizes are available as well for teams and a short video of how the Virtual Production Starter kit functions in action can be seen below.
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