Corridor Digital, who previously used Kinect for motion capture in a video called Foot Loose (nothing to do with the song or movies), have used Kinect and the Kinect-compatible 3D scanning software ReconstructMe to create the effects for their latest short film called Head Hunters, which you can watch above.
The ReconstructMe 3D scanning software is actually free for non-commercial use. I’ll add a link to the ReconstructMe website in the source links for anyone who wants to read more about the software or download it, here are a couple of quotes about it:
ReconstructMe, a powerful and easy to use 3d reconstruction system. We employ breakthrough technologies to capture 3D models in real-time. This gives you an instant feedback on the modelling progress while you move around.
ReconstructMe’s usage concept is similar to that of an ordinary video camera – simply move around the object to be captured. However, instead of a video stream you get a complete 3d model. We support a growing selection of modern sensors such as Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion.
Interestingly the film-makers said in their “making-of” video that they had to re-do the scanning inside at home because the sunlight at the beach interfered with Kinect’s IR projector & sensor too much. Remember GameSpot had their demo Kinect set up outside during the San Diego Comic-Con? I said that was a bad idea! :p You can watch the Making Of Head Hunters video below: