Many of you have asked for the ability to process longer videos. We’ve heard you loud and clear.

We’ve increased the maximum duration, from 30 seconds to 15 minutes, for any one video you upload. We’re looking into raising that limit further, but we have more work to do on that topic. To support longer videos, we’re also making two related, and important, changes:

  • Playtime add-ons are now automatic: if you go over your remaining playtime credits, we’ll automatically add enough playtime to your account to get the job done and your account will be charged for the playtime add-on. This will be completely seamless. To make sure you have complete visibility into your charges, we’ve added your up-to-date playtime budget summary to the upload page, so you always know what to expect, given your workloads.
  • FBX on demand: converting raw animation data to the FBX format requires processing power. Rather than delaying your visual results, we’ll deliver your visual results without the FBX. You can then decide to request the FBX for the results you like. This means that you’ll get your visual results faster, but you’ll wait a bit longer for your FBX files.

 

Always consult our terms and conditions for details.  If you’re unsure about anything, drop us an email or book a video conf call meeting with our team.

As always, thanks for being part of our community!

– Team RADiCAL

We detected and fixed an issue today that, between June 13 and June 15, caused our web visualizer and notification systems to malfunction, such that many users were not told when their results were ready (even though they were).

We’re sorry if this has affected you. It has now been fixed, all of your scenes have been processed, and results can be viewed. If you were affected by these issues, please drop us a note at support@getrad.co so we can try to make up for it.

Thanks for your patience with us, as we roll out Gen3 across the entire platform.

Best –

Team RADiCAL

Our latest AI: Gen3 

 

Today, we are launching Gen3, the latest generation of our AI for our community of creators and developers. 

 

Gen3 has been a labor of love, skill and persistence. We’ve been on it for more than a year, because we knew that the Gen3 architecture would lay the foundation for a revolution in 3D motion tracking science. It is difficult to overstate how excited we are.  Not only does Gen3 provide far improved output, it also does so at significantly enhanced throughput.  So much so, that it’s now capable of being run in real time.  

 

With all those improvements now available, we’ll be releasing a range of new products, both in the cloud and for local (on prem) use.

 

RADiCAL consists of a small team of 3D graphics and AI enthusiasts.  We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labor as much as we do.  Below we have summarized just some of the highlights we want you to know about. 

 

Key features: 

 

RADiCAL is optimized for content creators, with the following priorities guiding everything we do: 

 

  1. Human aesthetics: because of our holistic approach to motion and deep learning, we’ve massively enhanced the human, organically expressive look and feel of our output, with smooth results that substantially reduce jitter and snapping; 
  2. Fidelity: Gen3 was designed to tease out much more detail in human motion than previous versions; 
  3. Speed: we want to ensure that our technology is capable of running in real time across most hardware and software environments. 

 

Going forward, Gen3 will support both CORE (our cloud-based motion capture technology) and new real time products (including an SDK) that we will announce and release shortly.  

 

While Gen3 has moved in massive leaps toward realizing those priorities, we also know that we have more work to do. More about that below. 

 

About our science:

 

There’s a lot of secret sauce in our science. But here’s what we can say: we’ve developed our AI to understand human motion holistically. Rather than creating a sequence of poses to create the impression of motion, we interpret the actor’s input through an understanding of human motion and biomechanics in three-dimensional space over time. In other words, our technology thinks in four dimensions: x, y, z and time.

 

We have more work to do:

 

As proud as we are of our progress, we want to do better in a few areas. One of our top priorities for the next few weeks and months is to better anchor our animations to the floor and reduce certain oscillations. 

 

We expect to roll out a first set of improvements within weeks, which should take us much closer to where we want to be in terms of reducing foot sliding  and oscillations. 

 

But we expect more work to be necessary after that. Those additional improvements will come with the next large release, in version 3.1 or 3.2.  We’ve already started to work on those improvements and we’re genuinely excited about making the results of our research public soon.

 

In the meantime, you can substantially mitigate these effects by following the guidance below.

 

How to get the best results:

 

To get the most out of our technology, you should: 

 

  • Static, stable camera: place your camera on a flat, stable surface (or a tripod, of course). Don’t adjust the zoom while recording. Don’t cut between different camera angles. 
  • Single actor: record a single person at a time; 
  • T-pose calibration:  ensure the actor strikes a T pose within the first five seconds with the entire body being clearly visible at a frontal angle to the camera; and 
  • Aspect ratio: record, use or upload videos with aspect ratios not wider than 4:3.  That’s because our AI only processes videos in a 4:3 ratio. While you can upload videos with wider ratios (we’ll crop them back automatically), you should keep your actor inside the 4:3 ratio to ensure they don’t get cropped out.    

 

Play nicely, and you’ll get best results!

 

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As ever, we’re forever grateful for the support of the RADiCAL community.  We’re excited about feedback, good and bad.  We’re even more excited about constructive criticism and assistance.  

– Team RADiCAL 

As we prepare for the transition to Gen3, we have to make a few changes.  The core of our platform will continue to run, but we’re limiting access to Gen2 through free accounts via some of our apps until Gen3 is out. 

 

  • Website: Our website will continue to operate as usual, with access to your completed scenes (Projects) and community scenes (Explore). You can register as a new user, including for a free account, download FBX files, manage your account and upload new videos via our custom upload page for processing through Gen2, if you hold a paid subscription.
  • Windows app: Our windows app will continue to be available on Steam. It will operate as usual, and we will continue to maintain it.
  • Mobile apps / MacOS app: To prepare for Gen3, we are suspending downloads of our iOS, Android and MacOS apps from the app stores.

    If you’ve already installed these apps, you can continue to use them by accessing your completed scenes and community scenes. However, you will no longer be able to upload new videos into our cloud from the mobile apps. The mobile apps won’t prevent you from recording videos or initiating uploads, but the upload will not reach our servers (and you will receive an email to confirm this). We will no longer update or maintain these legacy apps.

    If you’re a paying subscriber, you can continue to upload new videos for processing through Gen2 via our custom upload page on our website.

 

We hope you bear with us.  The transition to Gen3 is a momentous task.  We’re excited about it, and we hope you are, too. 

 

– Team RADiCAL  

Over the last 9 months, countless users have asked us to release a feature that would allow them to upload videos into our cloud-powered AI that were recorded independently by them, i.e. videos that were not recorded through the RADiCAL mobile apps.

We’ve heard you loud and clear.

Starting today, you’ll be able to upload your own videos through our custom uploader on our website.

You can get to the custom uploader in two ways:

 

  • Web: From the members area of our website: -> hit the UPLOAD button -> hit “Custom Uploader” in the pop-up dialogue
  • Desktop Apps: From our desktop apps: -> hit the NEW SCENE button -> hit “USE EXISTING VIDEO” in the dialogue -> hit NEXT (opens up the browser)

 

You can use the custom uploader with any Creator, Producer or Professional subscription, monthly or annual.

This is work in progress, and we’ll continually improve on what we do.  Please get in touch if you have any questions: support@getrad.co

 

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Team RADiCAL

The response from our users has been absolutely overwhelming and we wanted to thank all of you who showed interest.

This also means that we will not be able to accommodate as many people as we would have liked for the beta.

We have started assigning seats to users, please bear with us as we are working through all of the sign-ups.

We will be allocating seats in batches of 20-30 users.

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Please stay tuned!

Team RADiCAL

 

We’re today releasing significant upgrades to our desktop app for both Windows and Apple machines. Here are the things you can now do right from inside the desktop app:

  • FBX downloads: access and download your animation data through an FBX file from inside the scene
  • Scene management: edit your own scenes’ names, privacy settings and descriptions, and delete those you don’t like
  • Camera panning: inside each scene, with the camera set to “manual”, you can now pan the scene left, right, up and down, (1) with the right mouse button or (2) by holding down SHIFT on your keyboard
  • Switch animations: browse animations across the Explore channel and your Projects while inside the visualizer – quickly switch between scenes without losing time
  • Performance: experience faster loading and scrolling supported by, among other things, improved caching
  • Character meshes: we’ve added more models, improved some of the existing ones with better shading, and introduced in-scene credits for the creators of those characters
  • Scene warnings: if any warnings apply to an animation, they’re now available inside the scene for quick review

Free downloads and updates can be accessed here:

We’re excited to announce the release of our first desktop app for Windows machines.

The desktop app, built entirely in Unity, brings the RADiCAL Studio visualizer you’re used to seeing on your mobile apps straight to your desktop.  With it, you can access both your own results and thousand of animations available through our Explore channel.

The desktop app will also serve as the new home for Gen 3 of our AI, which we will start embedding in the desktop app in the next few months.  (See “What’s Next?” below)

For now, here’s how you get started:

 

What’s next? 

We’re working hard on these things:

  • Linux Apps:  We expect to release an app for Linux machines in early 2019.
  • Gen 3 – Embedded AI:  In 2019, we’ll start building Gen 3 of our AI into the desktop app for real-time results and on premise processing.  This also enables unmetered performance for our users.
  • Upload models: In 2019, we’ll enable you to upload your own character models, so you can your see your motion on them.
  • Expanded FBX download:  you’ll be able to download an FBX that includes both your motion and your mesh.
  • Adjust virtual environment: we’ll give you the ability to manipulate the virtual environment inside the Studio view, including landscapes, lighting, weather and more … with nothing but a graphical interface.
  • And more … we’ll let you know soon!

 

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Enjoy!

– Team RADiCAL

 

We’re excited to announce the release of our first desktop app for Mac.

The desktop app, built entirely in Unity, brings the RADiCAL Studio visualizer you’re used to seeing on your mobile apps straight to your desktop.  With it, you can access both your own results and thousand of animations available through our Explore channel.

The desktop app will also serve as the new home for Gen 3 of our AI, which we will start embedding in the desktop app in the next few months.  (See “What’s Next?” below)

For now, here’s how you get started:

 

What’s next? 

We’re working hard on these things:

  • Windows / Linux Apps:  We expect to release the app for Windows and Linux machines in the next few weeks.
  • Gen 3 – Embedded AI:  In 2019, we’ll start building Gen 3 of our AI into the desktop app for real-time results and on premise processing.  This also enables unmetered performance for our users.
  • Upload models: In 2019, we’ll enable you to upload your own character models, so you can your see your motion on them.
  • Expanded FBX download:  you’ll be able to download an FBX that includes both your motion and your mesh.
  • Adjust virtual environment: we’ll give you the ability to manipulate the virtual environment inside the Studio view, including landscapes, lighting, weather and more … with nothing but a graphical interface.
  • And more … we’ll let you know soon!

 

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Enjoy!

– Team RADiCAL

 

It’s finally here for iOS: AI-powered animation with Unity in 3D and AR.

What does that mean?

  • New  –  Our AR Viewer: see results in AR with 6DoF and Apple’s ARKit
  • New  –  A completely new 3D viewer we call the ‘Studio’
  • New    Explore thousands of animations our community is sharing every month
  • New    Swap characters you choose from a library of pre-loaded meshes
  • New    Toggle video and audio off and on

And no change here – it’s free on a Personal package.

See it here before you try it.

Ready to do this yourself? Get the latest iOS app here.