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Next-Gen Motion Capture Paint Makes Next-Gen Tomb Raider Creepy

Posted by Emma H. Pira

A more realistic Lara?

Actress Camilla Luddington, more known as Lara Croft from the latest Tomb Raider, posted a picture on her personal Twitter page showing off the latest in motion caption — a fluorescent paint that is sprayed directly on to the (clothed) body.

The spray is used to give more reference points while capturing. While normal motion caption "only" uses 90 reference points, the spray instead allows up to 7000(!!) points of reference. A significant difference with a much more precise and realistic capture result. And guess what? Square Enix is using it on Luddington for their next Tomb Raider installment — Rise of the Tomb Raider.

According to Luddington (in a reply to a fan) the paint takes little less than an hour to spray on. To make it even more spacey: apparently it's also only visible under a black light.

So, that's a peek into an actress' day and also into the development in process over at Square Enix. It will be interesting to see what the difference will be from the last game. Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to release during the holiday season next year, but we're surely going to see more on the way there.

[via twitter.com]

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HEADESTROYER4Staff

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HEADESTROYER4 said:

Great post and photo Emma!

With a background in pixel-pushing and modelling I must say this looks less creepy and more forward thinking, the more points recognized in the motion-cap process, the more pixels and polygons Square has to work with! I've always been a fan of human acted, motion-captured base data.
I surely hope our next Lara is not "creepy"! That would be the antithesis of her herself!

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