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Faceware Technologies Rolls Out 2018 Pricing for Facial Motion Capture Software and Hardware

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Price reductions, new services and bundled hardware/software packages headline the offerings  

Los Angeles, Calif. – Feb 06, 2018 Faceware Technologies, the leading provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced brand new pricing for 2018. From price reductions on popular software licenses, to new services, to new hardware/software bundles, the new pricing offers something for indie animators and studios alike, and can be found on Faceware’s new pricing page. It is effective immediately.

“At the end of the 2017, we conducted a complete audit of our pricing, which included a survey of our customers and resellers, as well as a review of all of our SKUs,” said Peter Busch, vice president of business development at Faceware. “As you’ll see, we have made some pretty big changes that I think our new and existing customers will love.”

2018 Pricing Update:

  • Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus Price Reduction: Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus software licenses have been reduced more than 20%. The new cost for a Single-user license including the first year of support is now $6,500.
  • Live 2.5 Server Price Reduction: Live 2.5 Server has been reduced almost 10%. The new cost for a Single-user license including the first year of support is now $3,000.
  • New Service: Facial pipeline stage auditing. Faceware will perform an on-site review and analysis of your facial pipeline. Review of proper lighting, acoustics, as well as cable routing, operator control, and proper storage and maintenance of our headcam systems will be covered.
  • First Year Support Now Included: First year of support for all software and Complete Systems is now included in the price.
  • New Bundles – Additional Licenses at No Additional Cost: All Pro Complete Systems now include multiple network licenses of each of our software products. These include:
    • Realtime Pro Complete:
      • Two (2) additional Live 2.5 licenses
    • Creation Suite Pro Complete
      • Two (2) additional Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus licenses
      • Four (4) additional Retargeter 5.0 Studio Plus licenses
    • Ultimate Pro Complete
      • Two (2) additional Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus licenses
      • Four (4) Retargeter 5.0 Studio Plus licenses
  • Two for One on Network Licenses: All Network licenses of Analyzer, Retargeter, and Live will include two seats/users. Existing owners of Server licenses can upgrade by simply updating their support subscription fee

 

Happy Birthday, Faceware!

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We’re happy to celebrate our 6th year with all of you and would like to thank you for helping us continue to change the face of motion capture and animation! Going 6 years strong, discover what else turns 6 this year.

Oculus Rift
Initially launched as a Kickstarter campaign in August 2012, the Oculus Rift has since grown to become one of the premier virtual reality headsets and forever changed gaming.
Google Project Glass
Google Project Glass gave us a peek at the future of AR and ushered in the start of a new era of AR that has since given us worldwide sensations like Pokémon Go.
BM 500-Mile Battery
Using nanotechnology, the lithium air battery can propel an electric vehicle for 500 miles on a single charge. One of the biggest breakthroughs of the year it was announced, the technology is projected to be incorporated into the design of consumer vehicles in 2020.
Ferrari F70
With a jaw-dropping 0-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 250mph, the new Ferarri flagship was reborn.
SpaceX Dragon
While technically created in 2010, it was in 2012 that the SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station, marking the beginning of commercial space exploration.

Faceware Brings New Faces to Star Wars Battlefront II

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One of the biggest games of the year, the eagerly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II releases today for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC. Gamers will be brought face-to-face with some of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars galaxy. Heroes from all three eras of the Star Wars universe take part in this epic adventure with characters old and new.

Star Wars Battlefront II features an all new cinematic story featuring Commander Iden Versio in a thrilling new narrative unfolding after the Return of the Jedi. As Commander of the elite special operations team, Iden and the Inferno Squad complete the missions that no one else can. Fearless, the Inferno Squad fights to restore order in the galaxy and save the Empire its most desperate hour.

Faceware is proud to have partnered with EA to bring the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga to life. With the latest installment in the Star Wars series, EA’s animation team raised the bar for facial animation, using Faceware’s ProHD Headcam System to enhance the performance capture of their live actors for the new cinematic story. Animators then applied the new level of detail to the characters’ performances using Faceware’s Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus and Retargeter 5.0 Studio Plus software packages. The result is an impressive set of characters that create the brave new world of Star Wars Battlefront II.  See more in a behind the scenes video of the making of Star Wars Battlefront II.

Bears Launch Augmented Reality Face Painting Feature

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With the season opener Sunday at Soldier Field, it’s time for fans to put their Bears Game Face on, without all of the mess of actually painting their faces.

The Bears have partnered with Faceware Interactive and Image Metrics, the same companies responsible for the “Die Hard Fan” college football face-painting app, to provide a virtual face-painting experience for fans in the team’s official app.

The feature, “Bears Game Face,” is available for both iOS and Android users. Fans can find it in the “more” section of the app and must either download or update to the latest version of the app to use it.

The intuitive interface allows the user to choose among an initial set of five game faces, including one 3D interactive mask that allows users to morph into a grizzly bear. Other options include a game face resembling the stripes on the Bears’ navy jersey and a game face that looks as though the user has painted their face with team’s iconic Bear head logo. Additional masks will be released throughout the season.

Once the user places the virtual paint on their face, they can take a photo or record a video and use the app’s interface to share via social media. The Bears will be working to bring similar features to Soldier Field’s video board in the future.

Fans are encouraged to share their Game Face using #BearsGameFace. Who knows? You just may get a like from @ChicagoBears.

BALTIMORE RAVENS FIRST NFL TEAM TO LAUNCH AUGMENTED REALITY FACE PAINTING WITH FACEWARE INTERACTIVE

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Ravens also name Faceware Interactive Official Augmented Reality Provider

The Baltimore Ravens, in partnership with Faceware Interactive and Image Metrics technology, have developed a photo real, virtual, face painting experience that seamlessly integrates into the team’s mobile app (powered by YINZCAM). This experience, along with other new, in-stadium, augmented reality activations for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, is aimed at increasing fan engagement and excitement.

With over a dozen face paint looks to choose from, fans will be able to express their Ravens pride like never before. And, each look is shareable on social media and messaging platforms.

Later in the 2017 season, fans will also have access to the “Fan Mirror,” a full size, moveable, face recognition mirror located on RavensWalk, the M&T Bank Stadium concourse, or at special events. And finally, in 2018, in-stadium cameras will use facial recognition of fans in the stands and project face paint on them to the RavensVision boards.

The three, new augmented reality fan experiences expand upon the Ravens’ existing three-phase, $120 million self-funded stadium improvement project that will enhance the fan experience at M&T Bank Stadium.  That program also includes two, 4K ultra-high definition video displays, the introduction of SKYCAM into the game experience and the 2018 reveal of four new 4K, ultra-high definition corner video displays.

“We we want attending a game to be an amazing experience for our fans. We want to create lifelong memories. Our face paint executions are not only a cool way for our fans to show their team spirit, but they create those great memories,” said Senior Vice President of Ravens Media, Michelle Andres.
“It brings us great pleasure to bring our technology into the sports world,” said Peter Busch, Vice President of Business Development for Faceware Interactive. “Ravens fans will get to share their pride unlike any fan has ever done before, and to be a part of that is special.”
The Ravens have a three-year partnership with Faceware Interactive as the first-ever official Augmented Reality Provider of the club — the first of its kind in professional sports.
Access to this new feature is available for both iOS and Android devices and requires fans to download the Ravens mobile app or to update to the most current version. (Android update expected late Friday afternoon.)

About the Baltimore Ravens

Entering their 22nd year of existence, the two-time Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens have earned a playoff berth in six of the past nine seasons. Since head coach John Harbaugh’s arrival in 2008, Baltimore has posted the NFL’s fourth-most total victories (95), won the league’s second-most playoff games (10), advanced to an impressive three AFC Championship contests, and in 2012, captured the World Championship in Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens, who also won Super Bowl XXXV during the 2000 campaign, have made the playoffs in seven of the past 11 seasons – producing three AFC North Division titles during this time (2006, 2011 and 2012).

About Faceware 

Faceware Technologies is the most innovative and experienced facial motion capture technology provider in the world, and has become the gold-standard for facial motion capture and animation tools. Faceware’s hardware and software represent complete solutions for the interactive entertainment, film, video game, television, and commercial markets for clients such as Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Sega, Sony, and more. Faceware Interactive is a division of Faceware Technologies, with a focus on bringing interactive experiences to companies across multiple industries.

About Image Metrics

Image Metrics is a world leader in facial analysis and detection software. Through patented algorithms, Image Metrics created its own platform to enable augmented reality experiences for the world’s most innovative brands. Their patented technology detects even the most nuanced facial expressions and was part of L’Oreal’s Make Up Genius and Nissan’s DieHard Fan applications. Image Metrics licenses its technology to its sister company, Faceware Technologies. More information can be found at image-metrics.com.
Contacts:
Michelle Andres
SVP, Ravens Media
Baltimore Ravens
 
Eric Schumacher
Neology Marketing Communications
Faceware Technology / Image Metrics
310-403-8456
erics@neologyconcepts.com
Patrick M. Gleason | Baltimore Ravens
Director of Public Relations
Under Armour Performance Center
1 Winning Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Cloud Imperium Games and Faceware Bring Real-Time Character-to-Character Chat to Star Citizen

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First-of-its-kind facial tech lets players animate
their character’s face while playing the game


Los Angeles, Calif. – Aug 25, 2017 – Faceware Technologies, the leading provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions and Cloud Imperium Games (CIG), makers of the first-person universe space sim, Star Citizen, today announced a brand new feature coming to Star Citizen: real-time, player-driven facial animation. The new feature will track players’ facial expressions and movement, then reproduce them on their avatars in-game, allowing for the most immersive and realistic player-to-player communication. CIG is demoing the new feature at its Gamescom event at Gloria Theater happening Aug 25 at 9pm CEST in Cologne, Germany.

Star Citizen’s Face Over Internet Protocol (FOIP) feature was built with Faceware’s recently announced LiveSDK, which is powered by Image Metrics’ award-winning, real-time technology. Using Faceware’s soon-to-be-released facial motion sensor, this new feature enables Cloud Imperium and any Star Citizen to detect hundreds of facial movements in a variety of lighting conditions. Those movements are then instantly streamed onto the character’s face, in-game, a critical element in creating believable digital faces. The feature can also be used with the computer’s built-in webcam, though the quality of facial detection may vary.

“This is the first time any game has used this kind of technology to detect and stream the facial movements of players in real-time, and I believe it’s a revolutionary step in gaming,” said Chris Roberts, chairman and CEO of Cloud Imperium Games. “For the first time we’ll be able to deliver the full range of human emotion, not just voice. Our players’ facial expressions will be translated onto their avatars’ face. Combine that with a player’s voice correctly positioned in the virtual world, and you have the most lifelike player-to-player communication ever.”

Faceware’s technology has been used for over a decade to produce thousands of digital faces in some of the world’s most popular video games and films. Over the past two years, the company has been working hard to perfect its real-time technology. Star Citizen is the very first game to use this production-quality facial technology as middleware running in-engine.

“We’re seeing more and more interest in this sort of real-time animation, but Cloud Imperium is the first game company to take it to this level,” said Peter Busch, vice president of business development at Faceware Technologies. “I can’t wait to see the reaction of Star Citizen fans as they chat, in-game, about their next mission, their ships, or what they had for breakfast. Player-driven characters could change multiplayer games forever.”

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About Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries
Cloud Imperium Games Corporation and its subsidiary Roberts Space Industries™ Corp. were founded in April 2012 by renowned game developer Chris Roberts (Wing Commander, Freelancer, Privateer) and his business partner and long-time international media attorney Ortwin Freyermuth. Operating from Los Angeles and Austin under Roberts’ leadership and using his long-standing relationships in the game space, Cloud Imperium quickly assembled a top tier development team for the creation of art assets, story elements, and an extensive prototype for Star Citizen. Once UK-based Erin Roberts joined in 2013 to contribute his extensive background in game production, the Roberts and Freyermuth added CIG’s international operations in Manchester, UK to develop the mission driven Squadron 42 which is set in Star Citizen’s first person universe. They added a fourth office in Frankfurt, Germany in 2015 to take advantage of the growing development talent in that region. Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are being marketed and launched via www.robertsspaceindustries.com. More information about the company, including jobs and contact information can be found at www.cloudimperiumgames.com.

About Faceware Technologies
Faceware Technologies Inc. (FTI), established in 2012 after years as part of leading facial tracking and augmented reality company Image Metrics, is dedicated to meeting the needs of professional animators in the video game, film, television, and commercial industries. The company’s Faceware Facial Motion Capture product line draws on research from its sister company Image Metrics and has been utilized in the production of hundreds of video game titles, feature films, music videos, commercials, television shows, and stage plays, and is the leading facial animation solution provider for clients such as Double Negative, Digital Domain, Blur Studios, Activision-Blizzard, Rockstar Games, Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Bethesda, Motion Theory and Moving Picture Company. Faceware’s product consists of the Faceware GoPro and Pro HD Headcam and Tripod Capture Systems; Faceware Analyzer, which allows clients to analyze and process their own performance videos; Faceware Retargeter, an Autodesk plugin which allows users to create facial motion capture data at a much faster rate than traditional methods; and Faceware Live, the real-time facial capture and animation solution. www.facewaretech.com

For more information, please visit:
Website: www.facewaretech.com, www.robertsspaceindustries.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/FacewareTech, https://twitter.com/RobertsSpaceInd
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/facewaretech
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/2509306?trk=tyah

“Faceware” is a registered trademark of Faceware Technologies, Inc. Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium, Roberts Space Industries and RSI are trademarks of Cloud Imperium Games Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owner(s).

Analyzer 3.1 Released

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This minor release of Analyzer includes around two dozen fixes and improvements that resolve most of the initial issues users are seeing with Analyzer 3.0. If you were having intermittent issues Parameterizing then this new build should fix that for you. Release notes are listed below.

This update can be downloaded from our website in the ‘Downloads‘ section if you have a current Faceware Subscription. As always, if you have questions or need any assistance please email us at support@facewaretech.com.

3.1 Release Notes:

  • Improved and fixed several issues that were causing some users to not be able to Parameterize
  • Fixed an issue where you sometimes couldn’t create a new Job from an Image Sequence
  • Fixed an issue with Trimming that was occurring in certain languages
  • Fixed an issue where the Start and End time were not displaying properly with Image Sequences
  • Fixed an issue where the Height and Width of the image was not being saved properly when rotating your input video
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong error string was displaying if your .FWT file already existed when creating a new Job
  • Fixed an issue where AnalyzerBatch was not checking for an existing FWT folder before creating a new Job
  • Fixed an issue where Trimming in AnalyzerBatch was sometimes failing using drop-frame time-code
  • Fixed an issue where AnalyzerBatch would sometimes crash after ExportLandmarkPositions finished
  • Fixed an issue where the End time in Trimming was not displaying properly
  • Fixed an issue where NewJob in AnalyzerBatch was not displaying the correct exit code
  • Trimming in New Job has been optimized to work more quickly
  • Start and End time in Trimming will now update properly when selecting a new input video
  • Optimized the CountValidFrame command in AnalyzerBatch
  • Parameterization in AnalyzerBatch will now initialize the Web Service URL before attempting to contact the server
  • Fixed an issue where the CountValidFrame command in AnalyzerBatch was not working properly with a list of videos
  • Fixed a crash when specifying a directory path instead of a file path for the FWT parameter in AnalyzerBatch NewJob
  • Fixed an issue where AnalyzerBatch NewJob was not reporting the correct error when using an unsupported video codec

Analyzer 2.6 and Retargeter 4.6 Software Updates

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We heard your feedback – check out what’s new…

We’re excited to announce the release of Analyzer 2.6 and Retargeter 4.6.  These new versions include a lot of highly requested features, improvements, and bug fixes.  We heard your feedback and have added some great new functionality that will make you faster, more efficient, and produce even better results than before.

Check out the highlights below and watch the new release videos on YouTube:

For full release notes, visit the change-logs here:

New Version Highlights:

  • 2015 Retargeter Plugins are now available for Maya, 3DS Max, and MotionBuilder
  • Head Rotation can now be automatically applied with AutoSolve
  • Optional, independent Jaw and Cheek Tracking groups have been added
  • ‘Track’ is now available in AnalyzerBatch for Fully Batchable PRO Tracking
  • New Batch Commands in Retargeter for 3DS Max and Softimage
  • Over three dozen bug fixes, improvements, and new features
Have any questions?  You can always find us at ‘support@facewaretech.com‘!

Faceware Tech Partners with Binari Sonori to Offer New Video-Based Localization Service

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New service provides simultaneous video and voiceover capture to
significantly increase the quality of localization in video games

Los Angeles, CA – April 29, 2014 –Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that it has partnered with pioneering localization service provider, Binari Sonori, to launch a new video-based localization service. The service uses Faceware’s professional headcam systems to capture video of a voice actor’s performance at the same time that the audio is being captured, providing both actors and animators with time-saving video reference for localization. The service launches today.

Animating the facial movements, and in particular, the lip movements, of digital characters speaking multiple languages can be a very laborious task. If the English audio track is not synced correctly between languages, it requires many time-consuming and costly adjustments. By introducing video-based motion capture into the initial stages of the process, Binari Sonori is now able to provide perfect facial performance and audio reference to international actors. This, in turn, guarantees that facial animation and localized performances sync perfectly in any language.

How the service works:

  1. English-speaking actors use Faceware’s headcam to record their facial performances while their voices are recorded in Binari Sonori’s U.S. studio.
  2. The facial performance video is then used as reference for actors recording localized audio in different countries.
  3. The developer then completes animation using Faceware’s video-based facial motion software.  The facial movement that is created by the software is based on the video performance, ensuring that both the game developer and audio-localization facility are syncing to the same facial movements.
  4. The localized audio tracks are then applied to the animation.

An in-depth video about the service can be found online (in the view above)

“I’m really excited about this new service,” said Andrea Ballista, account manager and co-founder of Binari Sonori. “It gives us a simple yet elegant solution that allows actors around the world to mirror their performances, saves artists time in the animation process, and helps game studios drive up the quality of localization without adding any time to the process.”

“We’ve been talking to Binari Sonori for many months, and have tested the service internally,” said Pete Busch, vice president of business development for Faceware Technologies. “It’s now ready to roll out globally, and we can’t wait to see the results on actual productions.”

For more information on the new service, go to www.facewaretech.com or binarisonori.com.

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About Binari Sonori

Binari Sonori was founded in 1994, at the dawn of the new media age, to offer translation and audio services to developers and publishers looking to distribute digital content on an international level. The company swiftly became an important player on the global localization market, developing a wide array of audio services (casting, dubbing, pre and post-production) and distinguishing itself through its ability to effectively blend organizational, technological, and creative services. Customers include Bandai Namco, Capcom, Fisher Price, Microsoft Game Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Square Enix, Ubisoft and others. For more information, visit www.binarisonori.com.

 

About Faceware Technologies

Sherman Oaks, California-based Faceware Technologies Inc. (FTI), which spun off from Image Metrics in 2012, is dedicated to meeting the needs of professional artists in the video game, film, television, and commercial industries. The company’s Faceware product line has been utilized in the production of more than 85 AAA video game titles, feature films, music videos, commercials, television shows, and stage plays, and is the most innovative and experienced facial animation solution provider for clients such as Double Negative, Digital Domain, ILM, Blur Studios, Activision-Blizzard, Rockstar Games, Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Bethesda, and Moving Picture Company. The Faceware Facial Motion Capture product line consists of the Faceware Headcam kits and systems; Faceware Analyzer, which allows clients to analyze and process performance videos automatically with little to no user input; and Faceware Retargeter, a Autodesk plug-in which allows users to create facial motion capture data at a much faster rate than traditional methods.

© 2014. Faceware Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. “Faceware” is a registered trademark of Faceware Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owner(s).

Faceware Tech Launches New Indie Facial Mocap Package

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Faceware offers complete facial mo-cap
package for less than $3,000;
upgrades pro versions of software and hardware

Faceware is best known for its professional tools, which have been used in Academy Award-winning movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and top-grossing video games such as Grand Theft Auto III-V, Red Dead Redemption, Killzone:Shadow Fall, NBA 2K10-2K14, Sleeping Dogs, Crysis 2 and 3, and Halo: Reach. With the launch of the Indie Faceware Mocap Package, Faceware is bringing its powerful tools to a rapidly growing segment of the video game market: developers of mobile and indie games.

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The Faceware Indie Facial Mocap Package is geared towards budget-conscious development teams that still demand a superior level of realism in their characters as well as animation teams seeking their own internal performance capture solution.    It includes all the technology users need for facial performance capture and animation: a lightweight and performance-enabling GoPro Headcam Kit, which includes a GoPro® Hero3+ Black camera mounted in front of an actors’ face with Faceware’s industry-leading design.   The facial performance capture kit also includes a one-size-fits-all helmet and a variety of camera-mounting options; a license of Analyzer 2.0 Lite, which allows users to automatically extract facial movements from any video source; and a license of Retargeter 4.0 Lite, which allows users to automatically apply/solve video performances quickly onto their digital characters.

“The games market is undergoing tectonic shifts as new platforms emerge. With that shift, we’ve seen downward pressure on production budgets. Yet at the same time, gamers continue to demand quality games with good stories and believable characters,” said Peter Busch, vice president of business development at Faceware Technologies. “With the new Indie Facial Mocap Package, we hope to give animators at every budgetary level the tools to create and add more realism to their characters, no matter what platform they are created those characters for.”

Faceware has also launched upgrades to two products in its Professional Product Line: the ProHD Headcam and Faceware Analyzer Pro.  The HD Headcam Pro system upgrades the current Professional Headcam system with a new option for an HD camera head with 1080p30 or 720p60 HD-SDI output and simultaneous 480i 29.97fps SD composite output.  Other enhancements include polished fiberglass helmets, slimmer belt systems, and an optional zero-frame delay HD wireless system.

SAMPLE PROFESSIONAL HD HEADCAM VIDEO

EXPORT NEW DATA TYPE FROM ANALYZER

Faceware Analyzer Pro now includes the features of batch/script capability and export landmark positions, which gives users the ability to export the X,Y positions of the landmark (Marker) positions and is great for quality control, shader integration, and/or facial research and study.

For more information on the new package and product upgrades, visit Faceware at GDC 2014 (Booth 735), go to www.facewaretech.com or contact sales@facewaretech.com.