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Virtual tour of Ramappa temple soon

Published: 3rd Oct 2021 12:14 am | Updated: 2nd Oct 2021 10:54 pm

Hyderabad: The tourist influx to the famous Ramappa Temple, which has been inscribed at the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has been on the rise. Riding on the popularity, a local animation firm is now working to render the 13th-century temple in a virtual avatar.

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“We will present Ramappa Temple in virtual reality. The 360-degree approach will be complete with the significance of each component of the temple complex. We have already captured parts of the structure on camera. We will look to bring it out this year-end. People can have a virtual visit of the temple on their mobiles or personal computers,” said Arun Kumar Rapolu, Founder, A Theorem Studio, which has its operations in Hyderabad and Warangal.

It handles projects on 2D concepts, 3D, colour grading, motion capture, composting, AV recording, and editing among others that aid in improving the virtual experience for the viewers and customers.

A Theorem Studio had earlier produced an animation movie- ‘Dhira,’ which is based on Vijayanagara empire scholar Tenali Ramakrishna and is available in ten languages. Motion capture technology was used for the production of the movie that was completely handled in Telangana, he said.

Motion capture technology

Motion capture, also called performance capture or mo-cap, uses real-life and animation. The motion is captured by the sensors placed on the actor. These track and record their movements and are mapped on a computer screen in real-time as a virtual ‘skeleton’. Other information is overlaid on these movements.

“We are now getting a new motion capture technology console. It will allow to record seven actors simultaneously and therefore cut the time compared to a console that can record one or three actors,” said Rapolu adding that the unit would be the first such kind in Tier-II cities like Warangal. The chip shortage in the global markets is delaying the delivery of the unit but will come early next year, he said.

A Theorem Studio is now working for six clients and will focus on education and training and agriculture and allied fields, where there is a scope to use animation for effective communication.

“We are now operating from NIT-Warangal campus. A new campus is being readied and in the first phase will have about 50,000 sqft and can accommodate about 500 people. This will be ready in two years,” he said. It is looking to recruit about 300 people locally, he said.

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