real time 3d drama from Televirtual Friday 26 January 2001 PDF Print Televirtual, the UK company which launched the world's first computerised TV presenter, has broken new ground with a system which produces multi-character TV animated drama, live and as it happens. Described by Televirtual founder Tim Child, as a real-time animation pipeline, or 'RAP' system, the computer-hosted package allows a variety of complex 3d characters, to move, speak and interact, in a selection of virtual sets. The RAP system, which also allows real-time lighting effects, sound and lipsynch speech generation, was demonstrated to BBC programme chiefs at Television Centre recently, and Televirtual plan to demonstrate the system to production companies and Animation Rights holders in London during February. 'RAP blends traditional animation techniques with the latest research-based Virtual Humans technologies', claims Child. 'We don't believe it will change the way animation is produced over night, but it does open some very interesting doors, into areas such as interactive animated soap operas, and the prospect of live childrens' TV programmes being presented by a complete cast of anthropomorphic or fantasy/cartoon creatures, has got to be intriguing'. But perhaps the best thing about RAP is that is has been designed from the outset as a production system that can be used hands-on by TV producers, without the aid of computer programmers, or the complications of complex Virtual Reality equipment such as body suits or motion capture cameras. A prototype RAP system was used by Televirtual in 2000 to create the set and programme presentation for Channel 4's satirical music show, Karaoke Fishtank. Jpeg images on request from Steve@ televirtual.com More info on http://www.televirtual.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Intermedialab Ltd in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.