Horse Riding 3DEXPERIENCE: Technological Backstage

By Aurelien

From March 14 to 16, 2014, Dassault Systèmes participated in the international showjumping event ‘Saut Hermès‘ held in Paris and broadcast worldwide on Eurosport TV channels. There, we provided a first of a kind 3DEXPERIENCE for TV viewers to get more insights about the art of showjumping. Watch this video to see it in action:

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I wanted to learn more about the backstage of this project so I went for a chat with Muriel Descamps, Experiential Lab Specialist at Dassault Systèmes.

Q: The movement of the horse and jumper look pretty natural, how did you capture those movements? With motion capture?

Muriel: No, we used videos of a professional jumper (Pénélope Leprevost) and her horse in order to come up with the 3D models. From there, we ended up with more than 100 animation sequences for the horse and the jumper (trot, gallop, various jumps, etc). When we showed the final result to Ms. Leprevost, she not only recognized her avatar, but also the horse she was riding! It was a great recognition of our work.

Q: What happened next once you had the 3D models of the horse and jumper?

Muriel: So we had the realistic models, but they still needed to be fine tuned with an equestrian expert. We worked with showjuping champion Michel Robert for that matter. In particular, he helped us refine stride animations, by tuning stride distance and speed parameters in our app. His help was immensely valuable to come up with animation sequences as close to the reality as possible.

Watch Michel Robert interact with the project team:

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Q: So I guess you were all set to run the show by then?

Muriel: No, we still had to integrate the actual course! One challenge here was that we could get the course design only 48 hours ahead of the event, because of confidentiality reasons. So 48 hours before the show, the course designer hands us out a… *printed* copy of the course design. That was the other challenge! Nevertheless, we managed to integrate the course design in time. The course designer was not only able to experience his course design in 3D, but he was also eager to make last-minute changes in the course design! Changes that he would otherwise figure out only later when on the ground…

Q: That sounds cool! Tell me what’s next?

Muriel: Something that we’d like to integrate is actual data coming from sensors and cameras, and revert this data back into the virtual world. This could be very useful for the jumpers, the trainers, course designers and TV viewers to better understand, compare and explain the jumpers performances. Here, we chose to focus an equestrian sport, but we could imagine repurposing the same app for other sports such as golf, ski, tennis, Formula 1… we just have to dream it!  :-)

Virtual Unreality Takes the Stage at #SXSW

By Aurelien

Benoît Marini, Experiential Lab Director at Dassault Systèmes, gave SXSW2014 attendees a behind-the-scenes look at how 3D was used to create a virtual set for “Mr. and Mrs. Dream”, a performance that Dassault Systèmes helped bring to stage in partnership with the Pietragalla-Derouault Dance Company.

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On Stage at #SXSW: Blurring the Lines Between the 3D Virtual and the Real World

By Elena

We will soon be alongside some of the most revolutionary minds at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX.  Not only will we be in the crowds, but we also will be on-stage! Dassault Systèmes is honored to be a part of this prestigious event for the second year in a row and we look forward to sharing how innovative uses of 3D technology are pushing boundaries in interesting places—with a presentation Saturday, March 8 between 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT. in the Capital Ballroom at the Omni Downtown.  Mark your calendar by adding the session to your schedule.

Mr and Mrs Dream show

This year, we are showing how Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE is transforming the theatrical stage.  “Mr. and Mrs. Dream” is based on the work of theater innovator Eugene Ionesco who frequently connected ideas and images to create the unthinkable.  Using the latest 3D technologies, researchers and 3D designers at Dassault Systèmes have created a world where engineering, art and science can come together to deliver new designs and products—and even a new classical of theater product or stage

Benoît Marini, Experiential Lab Director at Dassault Systèmes, will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at how 3D was used to create a virtual set for “Mr. and Mrs. Dream,” a performance that Dassault Systèmes helped bring to stage in partnership with the Pietragalla-Derouault Dance Company.  “Mr. and Mrs. Dream,” which premiered recently in Paris, merges the theater with 3D technology, removing the constraints of physical staging and eliminating boundaries between real and virtual worlds.

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During the show, performers are immersed in a 3D world, where walls disappear, furniture evaporates, time moves faster and dancers leap from asteroid to asteroid. This unique intersection of the virtual and physical world is made possible by what we’ve called the “Magic Box” – a 3D universe in which dancers perform that is projected on four surfaces (three walls and the ground) engaging them from every angle.

Whether or not you are able to attend, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter at #SXSW and #3Ddance, or through our dedicated live dashboard.  We hope to see you there!

To learn more, please visit “Mr & Mrs Dream” dedicated website.



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