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Taming Polar Bears With MatchMover Pro: ‘The Golden Compass’

Sophia Antipolis, France (November 29, 2007) – REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce that they will be joining US reseller partner, Simulistic on Friday 7. December 2007 at the Reston Multiplex Cinema in Reston Virginia for a special showing of the much anticipated fantasy film, ‘The Golden Compass’.

‘The Golden Compass’ is the first film adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy, ‘His Dark Materials’, and stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and the voice of Ian McKellen as Iorek Byrnison, the armoured polar bear. Prior to the film, there will presentations on the latest in 3D technology from REALVIZ and a select group of other software vendors, as well as the opportunity to meet with local Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, and Autodesk® MotionBuilderâ„¢ users from the greater Washington, DC area.

At the event, REALVIZ will present the latest version of their acclaimed tracking software, MatchMover® Pro, which was a key tool for UK effects powerhouse, Framestore CFC in their work on a number of pivotal scenes for the film;

“Our tracking team created nearly 200 cameras for The Golden Compass with no major problems in a relatively short time frame, and to a terrific standard,” explains Michael Thompson, Head of Tracking at Framestore CFC. “I think this shows just how reliable, quick and accurate REALVIZ MatchMover Pro is and how seamlessly it integrated into our work flow.”

“Framestore CFC created one of the main characters in the film – Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear, as well as numerous other effects,” continues Thompson. “It was therefore imperative that our work was to be set at a very high standard and our tracks had to reflect this. Whatever the shot demanded, be it characters or background elements, REALVIZ MatchMover Pro handled them all easily and quickly.”

“There are a few other matchmoving options available on the market, but REALVIZ MatchMover Pro was the preferred solution to provide high quality tracked cameras quickly and with minimal fuss, which is exactly what you need – especially when any delays at this stage would set back the whole production pipeline schedule.”

At the event, REALVIZ will also be showcasing their video-based motion capture software, Movimento, as well as the REALVIZ HDR Imaging Studio. A second day of in-depth demonstrations of the REALVIZ products will also take place on Tuesday 11. December 2007 at the offices of Simulistic in Great Falls, Virginia. Both events are free of charge.

For further information, and to register, visit

or contact:
Kim Van Hoven, REALVIZ SFX Sales Manager –


For further information on Movimento, go to:

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REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the Company’s applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ’ award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Toyota, Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others.

REALVIZ technology has been used to create stunning visual effects in many recent major movies, including: ‘The Golden Compass’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, ‘Underdog’, ‘Blades of Glory’, ‘Zodiac’, ‘Goal! 2: Living the Dream’, ‘The Host’, ‘Children of Men’, ‘Superman Returns’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Sin City’.

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