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Walter Soyka
Re: AR markers for tracking performers?
on May 25, 2018 at 11:03:30 am

Real-time tracking systems are complex and expensive. I don't think there are any low-cost options similar to Blacktrax on the market.

I'm not sure that AR markers will work for your case, given lighting conditions and the camera lensing you'd likely be using. Maybe the talent could wear an AR marker t-shirt, but it would require experimentation.

Other technical options that will require some DIY:
1) Try infrared cameras with blob tracking.
2) Try Kinect depth-sensing cameras.

Two potential budget options:
1) Build a position controller into your real-time system, and manually track the talent, just like a follow spot operator would.
2) Choreograph the act. The visuals can still be realtime, but you can pre-plan where on stage specific things will happen.

Walter Soyka
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