Karnataka Centre of Excellence: Redefining Indian AVGC Sector

By Pickle  February 4, 2024
Karnataka Centre of Excellence: Redefining Indian AVGC Sector, Pickle Media

From cutting-edge Motion Capture and Photogrammetry systems to NCAM augmented reality and a vast Green Screen Studio, the Karnataka Centre of Excellence (COE) in Bengaluru, is redefining content creation. With imminent expansion to a National COE, this technological marvel is shaping the future of India’s AVGC landscape, bridging innovation and education to propel the industry to new heights

In the heart of Bengaluru lies a groundbreaking hub that has redefined the landscape of Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC) industry in India – the Karnataka Centre of Excellence (COE). As the nation’s premier facility for AVGC post-production, COE has not only elevated the standards of content creation but has also emerged as a beacon for aspiring talents. With the recent announcement of the national AVGC policy, the success of Karnataka COE serves as a blueprint for the upcoming National COE in Mumbai, promising to revolutionize the industry further. Let’s delve into the state-of-the-art features at NCOE, currently embraced by filmmakers from various corners of the Indian entertainment spectrum.
 
Full Body Performance Capture:
At the heart of COE’s technological prowess is its Motion Capture setup, a marvel brought to India from the UK-based Vicon systems. Boasting the world’s largest facility, COE houses 24 Optical Motion Capture systems, a control room, and studio space, providing filmmakers with the tools to capture full-body performances seamlessly. The Vicon Vantage systems, known for their flexibility and ease of integration, empower artists to bring their creative visions to life.

Photogrammetry:
COE’s commitment to pushing creative boundaries is evident in its state-of-the-art photogrammetry system. With a high-resolution 200-camera rig capable of generating ultra-detailed 3D renders, COE stands at the forefront of technological innovation. This combination of technical expertise, a proven pipeline, and a creative approach positions COE as a go-to destination for those seeking cost-effective, high-quality custom solutions.

NCAM – Augmented Reality Platform:
Pioneering the introduction of NCAM technology to India, COE already boasts two of these customizable augmented reality platforms. This technology enables filmmakers to incorporate photorealistic virtual graphics in real-time, revolutionizing virtual production. COE’s commitment to real-time camera tracking provides live previsualization of environments, set extensions, and CGI elements directly during shooting, offering a transformative experience for filmmakers.

Green Screen Studio:
With one of the largest green screen facilities in the country, COE provides filmmakers with a versatile visual effects technique. Spanning 1000 sq. ft., the studio features Chroma Key Green Watercolor, specially formulated for video and photo production. This green screen technology becomes a crucial tool in situations where a desired background is not readily available, showcasing COE’s dedication to facilitating creative freedom.

Render Farm:
The COE’s render farm, a specialized data center for rendering 3D projects, exemplifies efficiency and affordability. Offering high-end configuration and 24/7 customer support, the render farm ensures fast rendering at an affordable price, catering to the needs of the AVGC industry seamlessly.

Dual Camera Head Motion Capture:
COE integrates Dynamixyz solutions for real-time Head Motion Capture, utilizing Performer tracking software renowned for delivering high-quality data. Whether for real-time applications, production, VFX, VR, video games, or events, Dynamixyz solutions have become an integral part of COE’s offerings.

Finishing School:
Beyond technology, COE places a strong emphasis on education through its Finishing School Program. Bridging the gap between education and industry, this program molds students into industry-ready professionals. Focused on imparting skills, instilling confidence, and fostering a sense of responsibility, the Finishing School ensures that graduates from COE are not just technically adept but also possess qualities that redefine their personalities.

As Karnataka COE continues to lead the way in shaping the future of the AVGC industry, the imminent establishment of the National COE in Mumbai heralds a new era. With cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to education, COE stands as a testament to India’s potential in the global AVGC landscape. The journey from Karnataka to the national stage marks a significant stride towards realizing the full potential of the AVGC sector in India.

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