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209 GROUP. INNOVATIVE VIRTUAL PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS

209 group is the leading resource for virtual production needs in television, film, gaming, advertising and automotive. By providing innovative virtual production solutions through their all-inclusive pipeline, 209 group creates an immersive experience for animation, visual effects and video game companies amongst all platforms. Their pipeline includes hardware, software, services and motion capture apparel solutions.

ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICES

We have the ability to take your project from start to finish by providing the hardware, software and people you need to support your next project in tv, film, video games, automotive, design and advertising.

OUR NETWORK

We deliver innovative solutions through the utilization of our all-inclusive pipeline. By optimizing our integrated portfolio of partners, 209 group is able to solve the most demanding industry challenges, making them the premier provider of virtual production technology.

PROFESSIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES FOR MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

209 group is your direct line to the hardware, software and people you need to support your next big venture in tv, film, video games, automotive, design and advertising.

PERFORMANCE CAPTURE HARDWARE & SOFTWARE SALES

209 group provides motion capture software and high-speed tracking cameras. These tools are used in gaming, entertainment and biomechanics in sports training. 209 group also provides automated performance driven facial animation.

MOTION CAPTURE SUITS, MARKERS & ACCESSORIES SALES

209 group provides motion capture suits, markers and accessories to their customers.

PERFORMANCE CAPTURE

209 group provides the most up-to-date, efficient stage and virtual camera services. With teams and locations around the world, 209 group is able to bring together some of entertainments biggest projects.

VIRTUAL PRODUCTION SERVICES

209 group provides an in-depth experience in virtual production. Working with a creative agency, 209 group is able to evolve a vast experience for game developers and filmmakers.

PERFORMANCE CAPTURE TALENT (Acting/Stunt) CASTING

Partnering with a talent agency, 209 group is able to provide models and actors for any job, truly making us the one-stop shop for motion capture.

HIGH-END SUPERCOMPUTERS AND WORKSTATIONS

209 group provides a custom rendering of ultra high-end 3D environments used in VR, CG, Automotive and AEC Applications.

PRE, TECH & POST VISUALIZATION

209  group provides pre-visualization, post visualization and tech-visualization services by optimizing virtual reality, motion capture and set design. This allows us to create a customizable immersive experience.

AR & VR

VR and AR aren’t just for movies and gaming anymore. Progressive businesses are also using it for problem solving, risk reduction and gaining a competitive edge. 209 group utilizes our client base to provide top of the line AR and VR across all industries.

AEROSPACE, AED & AUTOMOTIVE

Visualization technology has been growing across all lines of business, creating an increasing impact on people, products and processes. 209 group optimizes their unique set of partners to bring the latest technology to aerospace, automotive and AED.

209 group: Execution Simplified

Give us the pieces and we will put it together…

WE ARE 209 GROUP

Since their inception in 2011, 209 group has been delivering innovative solutions to creatives throughout the entertainment, gaming, AED, automotive industries. Backed by more than 20 years of experience, 209 group brings a diverse team of experts in sales, marketing and technology.
By utilizing our team of industry renowned partners, we are able to provide a full service pipeline to meet your most demanding needs, making 209 group the premier resource for innovative virtual production solutions.
With founder Tom Armbruster at the helm, 209 group is led by a team of experienced innovators. These proven pioneers across motion capture, automotive, engineering, marketing and finance are solving the most complex challenges.

MEET OUR TEAM

TOM ARMBRUSTER

President & CEO

An expert in the field of entertainment technology, Tom has years of technical sales experience and long-standing relationships to help grow and streamline businesses, drawing on knowledge from the film, video games, life science and medical, automotive, defense and aerospace industries- with a particular emphasis on the vision science and human machine interface. Tom has very high standards for clients but low standards when it comes to lunchtime (he thrives on a diet of supermarket sushi and deli meat.)

GREG LA SALLE

CTO

Greg has experienced an impressive career in technology development for the entertainment industry. He also has a solid reputation of working with talent as a facial motion capture expert. He has been facial capture supervisor on over 25 feature films including “Beauty & The Beast,  “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, Marvel’s “The Avengers”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Gravity.”

In 2014, Greg won a Technical Achievement Award at the 87th Academy Awards for the innovative design and development of MOVA, a breakthrough Facial Performance Capture system.

JAIME GILLES

COO

Jaime is a finance and marketing specialist with 20+ years as a consumer research analyst and business development director across varied industries (Capital Markets, Mutual Funds, Retail Fashion, Retail Beauty, Home Design, Automotive and Entertainment. You can sum me up with in one sentence, “Stressed, blessed and coffee obsessed”.

BRANDICE CUTSPEC 

Marketing Director

Brandice is an accomplished marketing leader with over 5 years of marketing experience. Brandice joined the 209 group team in 2018, where she started as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Over the last 2 years, she has helped build out the marketing department at 209 group. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of 209 DIGITAL, a digital magazine brought forth by 209 group, under Brandice’s lead.

A proud graduate from Chapman University, Brandice received her Master’s in Business Administration, where she truly found her passion for strategic marketing. In her spare time, Brandice enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being active outdoors.

CHARLIE PETOSKEY

DIRECTOR OF AUTOMOTIVE AND ENGINEERING SALES

Charlie has been in the rubber and plastic automotive supply business for over 40 years. Currently at the helm of a Manufacturers’ Representative Agency – representing a variety of companies (injection molders, prototype, metal stamping, brakes and bearings, NVH, etc.) to military and OEM automotive, as well as the automotive aftermarket. Charlie has been married 37 years to college sweetheart. 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA

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Come check our our newly remodeled office in Newport Beach, Ca.

OUR MISSION

209 group has become the premiere resource for virtual production by solving our customers most demanding challenges. We do this by strategically utilizing our portfolio of high tech partners in performance capture hardware and services, super computing, VR/AR/XR and pre/post visualization and production

SUCCESS REQUIRES A CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION

209 group has built an unparalleled reputation for delivering innovative solutions to the most complex projects in virtual production. At 209 group we believe that even the hardest puzzles have a solution!

But … Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our clients have to say!

  • Curtis Augspurger
    Curtis Augspurger, Here Be DragonsJust wanted to give a huge shout out and heart felt thanks for making today happen for us. You've picked up the phone every time we've called, no matter how late or how crazy the ask. You've marker'd our actors, loaned us tons of tech and landed a couples sales in the course.

    You truly do go the extra mile...Really appreciate it all!

         
  • Brian Nilles, Chief Strategy Officer
    Brian Nilles, Chief Strategy Officer, OptitrackTom Armbruster was the driving force in our fastest growth market - Film. His ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with new customers, existing customers and our competitor’s customers positioned us with clear differentiation, purchase preference for our products and services, year on year growth consistently above forecast and the highest margins of any sector.
  • Elizabeth Baron
    Elizabeth Baron, Former Immersive Realities Technical Specialist for Ford Motor Company
    I have been a client of 209 Group for many productive years. Their results are impressive. They provide creative solutions using the ‘best of the best’ hardware and software. The differentiators are their recommendations are rock solid and as bulletproof as you can get in high tech. I could recognize immediate value for my Company.

Some of our associates…

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICES

As your all access pass, we have the ability to take your project from start to finish by providing the hardware, software and people you need to support your next big venture in tv, film, video games, automotive, design and advertising.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

With more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, 209 group has built strong relationships with an extensive list of industry professionals. We all know that this industry is about who you know. With an extensive list of industry professionals, we will always be able to meet your needs.

BUILDING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS

209 group understands that the best relationships are built over time and that is why we take time to ensure that our relationships with our customers are always evolving.

 

ABILITY TO TAKE A COMPLEX PROBLEM AND BREAK IT DOWN...

Comprehensive project management: Our extensive experience with complex projects means that we will handle every detail and coordinate on your behalf so you can have confidence that your project will be completed with ease.

WE ARE PROACTIVE

Our service philosophy is simple: Be proactive, NOT reactive.

 

 

 

WE ARE PERPETUALLY TRANSFORMING TO MEET MARKET/INDUSTRY NEEDS

Being a great partner requires a team with a perpetual transformation mindset. Our industry is constantly innovating and evolving by the minute. What solution worked yesterday may not work tomorrow! We are always looking towards what’s next, creatively, to give our clients an advantage on their current and future projects.

ONLY WORK WITH PARTNERS THAT ARE EXPERTS IN THEIR INDUSTRIES

One of our strongest assets is our team of partners.  We choose to only work with companies that are at the top of their niche. This allows us to ensure that we are always going to be able to provide the highest quality service.

RESPONDS TO ISSUES QUICKLY

The show must go on right? 209 group understands that issues come up unexpectedly (no matter how much you try to plan for it). 209 group is there for you when you need us the most.

OUR PARTNERS

209 group provides innovation solutions through the utilization of our all-inclusive pipeline. By optimizing our integrated portfolio of partners, we are able to solve the most demanding industry challenges, making us the premier provider of virtual production technology.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNER?

We have an integrated portfolio of partners that solves the most demanding industry challenges.
Our partners are one of our strongest assets. We choose to only work with companies that are at the top of their niche. Think you might fit the bill?

MEET OUR PARTNER: MOCAP SOLUTIONS

As the premier manufacture and supplier of all motion capture suits and accessories, our custom motion capture products are unlike any other. Our mocap suit, markers and accessories help capture "the perfect shot".

MoCap Solutions Synth-X Suit

The all new MoCap Solutions Synth-X Suit is here. We have revolutionized the motion capture industry with our mocap suits and markers. Industry tested and approved.

MoCap Solutions X-Base Markers

MoCap Solutions X-Base Marker comes in three sizes: 9mm, 14mm, and 19mm.  When our new Synth-X Suit is paired together our X-Base Marker any shoot is possible. Our X-Base Markers simply do not come off during a shoot.

MoCap Solutions Accessories

MoCap Solutions provides a variety of motion capture accessories. Whether you are looking for motion capture gloves, caps, booties or patches we have what you are looking for.

CHECK OUT THE INSANE X-BASE MARKER ADHESION TO OUR NEW MOCAP SUIT

TESTIMONIALS

Nicole Sciacca, Mocap Actor

“I would rather spend an entire day in this new MoCap Solutions Synth-X Suit then spend one hour in the old suit”

Shazzy Gustafson, Nickelodeon

“The Synth-X suit is so much lighter and more breathable than the old suit and it feels light and more flexible, as well. The material is great- super soft. I really like the velcro pants that allow you to tuck the top in- it helps keep things in place. I also like the drawstring to tighten the pants. The sleeve with the thumb holes is SO much more comfortable than the three elastics that used to go around your fingers.”

Mocap Solutions Mocap Suit

MEET OUR PARTNER: OPTITRACK

OptiTrack™ is the largest motion capture provider in the world, offering high-performance optical tracking at the most affordable prices in the industry. The OptiTrack product line includes motion capture software and high-speed tracking cameras, as well as contract engineering services. Used by facilities worldwide in a variety of markets ranging from film and games to sports training and biomechanics, OptiTrack customers include the top in their respective fields.

WHY OptiTrack?

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY...

Validated Biomech Markersets

OptiTrack supports numerous biomechanics markersets, with a focus on the most complex and biomechanically-sound options — like IOR Gait — which have traditionally been difficult for motion capture systems to track.

Industry-Leading Performance

From the Prime 41’s jaw-dropping range (2x the nearest competitor) to the Prime 17W’s massive FOV, to the Flex 13’s unmatched resolution in a sub-$1K offering — OptiTrack cameras lead the industry in usability and performance.

Easy to Use

From camera setup to calibration, to data capture and export, OptiTrack systems are designed with simplicity in mind. One-click subject calibration, plug-and-play force plates, simple NIDAQ configuration (and more!) enables a swift and simple setup.

Surprisingly Affordable Pricing

Accessible pricing is at their heart to democratize motion capture. Simply put, you will not find engineering-grade motion capture priced more competitively than an OptiTrack system.

MOTION CAPTURE CAMERAS FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS

OPTITRAK motion capture cameras

MOTION CAPTURE CAMERAS FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS

THE MOST PRECISE TRACKING CAMERA IN THE WORLD

  • Low Latency, High Speed Tracking for Medium Sized Areas.
  • Max Volume Size in Smaller Setup Areas at 360 FPS
  • Ultra-wide FOV Tracking for Small Labs and Overhead VR
  • Premium Exceptional Precision, Huge Capture Volumes, and Outdoor Capture.

MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEMS

FOR ANIMATION
Our Prime Series of cameras and Motive software have combined to produce the largest capture volumes in the world, the most precise 3D data, and highest camera counts ever achieved. OptiTrack delivers the best-performing platform in motion capture, with easy to use production workflows and the depth you need to run the world’s largest stages.

209 GROUP: EXECUTION SIMPLIFIED

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