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Faceware Technologies Releases Faceware Live 2.5

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New update delivers enhanced markerless face tracking technology, preview characters, new animation tuning workflow and more

Los Angeles, Calif. – May 23, 2017 Faceware Technologies, the leading provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that its Faceware Interactive division has upgraded and released version 2.5 of its real-time facial mocap and animation product, Faceware Live. The latest upgrades are the result of advancements in the consumer-grade facial tracking technology developed by Faceware’s parent company, Image Metrics, which has been used in successful apps like L’Oreal’s MakeupGenius and Nissan’s Die Hard Fan, and which now has been incorporated into Faceware Live.

Faceware Live produces facial animation in real time by automatically tracking a performer’s face and instantly applying that performance to a facial model. Faceware Live requires just a single camera for tracking purposes. That camera can be an onboard computer video or webcam, the Faceware GoPro or Pro HD Headcam Systems, or any other video capture device.

Use Cases for Live 2.5

  • Live performances that incorporate digital characters. Digital characters can be “puppeted” in real time, allowing interaction with live audiences and people.
  • Digital characters interacting in real time on kiosk screens in theme parks and shopping malls.
  • Creating facial animation content instantly for previz purposes.
  • Person-driven avatars in VR and AR. Users can stream their own personas into digital and virtual worlds—perfect for training applications as well as interactive chat functionality.

Examples include Hasbro’s Facebook Live Announcement for Monopoly, the RWBY panel at RTX Australia, and the hugely popular Barbie Vlog.  

“With technology advancements in CG, VR/AR/MR, interactive marketing, and graphics processing, we’re seeing a growing number of inquiries for live CG performances and the ability to ‘drive’ digital characters in real time,” said Peter Busch, vice president of business development at Faceware Technologies. “To deliver on that, the market needs face tracking technology that is completely stable and tracks facial movements across a range of different conditions. With Live 2.5, we’re taking another important step toward making that future a reality.  The quality of realtime, markerless tracking we can do now is absolutely mind-blowing.”

Upgrades to Live 2.5

Version 2.5 upgrades include:

  • Advancements to Face Tracking Technology – Face tracking is even more stable than before, and better able to detect different types of faces (different skin tones, heavy facial hair, glasses, etc) in different lighting conditions. Once detected, Live 2.5 captures 180 degrees of motion with significantly less jitter than before.
  • New Animation Tuning Workflow– Animators can customize the live streaming animation to, for example, amplify or suppress a specific motion, such as an eyebrow raise or smile.  These fine tune adjustments are done on a pose by pose basis.  Those animations (and all settings) can be saved to a profile. Animators can even isolate controls to pinpoint certain areas of the face that require extra attention.  Lastly, Animators can simulate data without need for a live camera feed, which significantly helps in the character setup process.
  • Command Line Calibration – Animators can now trigger the calibration and toggle via command-line for improved automation in your setup.
  • Animation Preview Characters – Live 2.5 now includes animation preview characters, which animators can use to determine how certain types of motions might look on various facial structures.

Nearly 20 other improvements have also been included in this upgrade. A full list can be found here.

Support

Technical articles and videos can be found in the Live section of Faceware’s website: http://support.facewaretech.com/live.

Availability

Faceware Live 2.5 is available free-of-charge to current Live customers starting today. New customer should contact Faceware sales pricing and information at sales@facewaretech.com. For more product information, please visit the Faceware Live page.

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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 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. 

For more information, please visit:

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Faceware Brings DC Heroes and Villains to Life in Injustice 2

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NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice 2, the action-packed sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, releases today.

The game is already earning accolades for its top notch facial animation, created with Faceware’s award-winning facial motion capture hardware and software solutions including the Faceware ProHD Headcam System and Analyzer 3.0 and Retargeter 5.0 software.

As gaming industry media outlet Kokatu’s Senior Editor notes:

Just as bad animation can severely cripple a video game’s ability to tell a compelling story, good animation draws the viewer into the narrative, adding emotion and nuance. Injustice 2 has very, very good animation.

Using Faceware’s hardware and software solutions, NetherRealm Studios was able to quickly capture high quality facial motion capture data on set and use the resulting data in Analyzer 3.0 and Retargeter 5.0 to create the vaunted facial animation for Injustice 2.

VP of Business Development Peter Busch explains:

Our facial recognition technology is able to capture a great deal of nuances from the brows, to the eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth by tracking textures and features, rather limiting the quality of the data by tracking points of the face, in order to create highly detailed output. This enables our software to handle anything from stylized to photo-real characters. Together with other features like timecode support, capture, trimming, pose libraries, and a technological core drawing from over 10,000 minutes of facial performance data and users in almost 50 countries, Analyzer and Retargeter are the most powerful tools available for facial animation. Our decades of facial motion capture technology research and experience has created a streamlined and flexible workflow – one that enables teams to scale and create high-quality, high-volume animation, all while staying within budget and maximizing artists’ creative control.

For more information, visit: https://www.injustice.com/

Faceware Helps Barbie Reach 2 Million Subscribers and 23 Million Views

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Barbie’s vlog hits new milestone

Mattel’s Barbie vlog, created by CounterPunch together with House of Moves and Faceware Technologies, reached a major milestone today with 2 million subscribers and 23 million views. The vlog has reached this impressive number in less than 2 years but even more impressive is that each animated episode is created with less than 5 days of production.

How you might ask? Check out the Barbie vlog case study to find out how we helped CounterPunch and House of Moves bring Barbie to life with rapid production.

Faceware’s Peter Busch To Key Note Largest VR & AR Conference in Australia and New Zealand

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Faceware VP of Business Development, Peter Busch will be delivering a key note address for the Magnify Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Business Summit to be held on May 8, 2017.

Over 30 recognized VR and AR experts from around the world will discuss cutting-edge research and best practices for VR and AR. The event will bring together top industry professionals through panels, round table discussions, interactive workshops, and demonstrations. Held annually, the summit will discuss a variety of topics in finance, film, television, tourism, gaming, investment, and China.

For more information about the summit, please visit: http://magnifyworld.com/

Faceware Technology Used in ABC’s New Sitcom Imaginary Mary

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Faceware’s Creation Suite Pro Complete System Provides Realism for Mary’s Spunk!

ABC’s live action/CGI hybrid stars Jenna Elfman as Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life–Ben, a divorced father with three kids, played by Stephen Schneider.

The real fun begins when Alice’s imaginary friend from her childhood returns as sassy and sharp-tongued Mary. Zoic Studios created the animated character voiced by Saturday Night Live alum’s Rachel Dratch, using Faceware’s Creation Suite Pro Complete System which includes the Faceware ProHD Headcam, Analyzer 3.0 Studio Plus, and Retargeter 5.0 Studio Plus software.

Using this complete System, Zoic was able to quickly shoot the facial motion capture completely marker-less and create the quality facial animation used for the live action ABC network show.

VP of Business Development at Faceware, Peter Busch, notes that unlike other motion capture solutions, “rather than limiting the quality of the data by tracking points on the face, our technology tracks textures and features to create highly detailed output. This enables our software to handle anything from stylized to photo-real characters.   Markers inherently can also cause many technical issues during performance capture—plus, if you think what it takes to create convincing CG animation for the face—two key elements are the eyes and it’s the quality of lip sync—you can’t put markers on the eyes or on the inner lips. It’s great to be part of an ambitious project that harnesses these unique capabilities to create an interactive CG character for Prime Time TV.”

For more information about the development of Mary, visit: http://abc.go.com/shows/imaginary-mary/cast/mary

To watch the Pilot or catch up on Season 1 episodes, visit:
http://abc.go.com/shows/imaginary-mary/episode-guide

Faceware Adds Realism to True Survival Horror in Resident Evil 7

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re7_screen8Resident Evil 7 exploded into the gaming world today and Faceware is thrilled to be a part of this ground-breaking gameplay. The geniuses at CAPCOM combine fear, combat, exploration, and item management in a masterfully executed Isolated View experience in a world created by the all-new RE Engine.

Check out more at http://residentevil7.com, if you dare!

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Announcing New Faceware Hardware

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New Mark 3.2 Camera for Faceware ProHD Headcam Systems

We have taken the enhancements made to the Mark 3 camera and refined them to make the camera stronger and easier to adjust all with an updated design.

  • A new cage protects the camera and strengthens  lateral pan adjustments.  Steel receiving threads and a larger bolt prevent stripping out the camera top.
  • Now you can tighten down pan adjustments as hard as you want without fear of damaging the camera.
  • The bar clamp has been spaced to ensure you can clamp down on single arms and hoops securely for years to come.
  • And finally, the camera back arch has also been redesigned to allow easier access to the camera controls while maintaining strength and improving overall aesthetic.

The new Mark 3.2 camera is available for stand-alone purchase or can be purchased as part of any new Faceware ProHD Headcam System package.

New Go Pro Headcam Systems for Hero 5

We’re excited to announce the launch of Faceware GoPro Headcam System for the GoPro Hero 5.

  • This GoPro Headcam System features custom housing for the larger GoPro Hero 5 camera
  • Unparalleled, lightweight design for maximum comfort during performance capture.

The new Go Pro Headcam System for the Hero 5 is available for stand-alone purchase or can be purchased as part of any new Faceware Indie Headcam System package.

Our experienced team-members can answer any questions you have about this new hardware and how they integrate with our complete facial motion capture solutions. Send us an email via our Contact Us page.

Faceware’s Technologies Resonate in Broadcast Beat’s Feature Article

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Broadcast Beat Faceware is honored to be featured in November’s Broadcast Beat magazine. The article Two Birds, One Stone, highlights the unparalleled success Los Angeles-based sound studio, Formosa Interactive, has found with Faceware’s technologies powering their voice recording sessions.

Formosa Interactive needed a seamless facial and audio capture solution that didn’t inhibit the organic performances of the talent. With Faceware’s ProHD Headcam hardware, they found the simultaneous voice and face capture to be swift, simple, and an adaptable process – one that enables their sound engineers and actors alike to do their job without any of the hassle.


Read the online article HERE
bb_425 to get an in-depth look at how integrating Faceware’s ProHD Headcam hardware into their pipeline allowed Formosa Interactive to deliver simultaneous facial and audio capture without breaking the rhythm of performance or production. As an added bonus, on page 41, Christopher Jones, Faceware performance capture supervisor, particpates in a Q&A session describing the process to set up Faceware’s tools in a voice-booth. You don’t want to miss this!

About Broadcast Beat

Broadcast Beat Magazine covers technologies in the broadcast, motion picture and post production industries. This, the 2016 NAB NY Show Edition, covers broadcast, motion picture and post-production technologies being released at the 2016 NAB NY Show in New York. 

 

Faceware’s Suite of Technology Amps Up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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Infinite_Warfare_smGaming Community Get Ready!

Today’s the day – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare release!

Facial Motion Capture Awesomeness

Faceware hardware and software was used for facial motion capture and facial animation for new scenes and characters. How will this play into the storyline? Players will step into the shoes of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot who helms the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. Reyes’ story will see him/her lead the “remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy.” The campaign will take players across the solar system, spanning locations including Earth and beyond in a “grand scale war.”

 

Technology Lends Credibility

Faceware ProHD Headcam Systems and Analyzer and Retargeter software were used to mocap actor Kit Harrington and MMA champ Connor McGregor. Want to learn more about the mocap behind Call of Duty? Here’s Brian Bloom talking about the intricate motion capture in a behind the scene reveal.

 

Looking for more? Watch the official trailer here and let us know what you think!

Faceware Speaking at The Mocap Vaults Expert Panel Discussion

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We’re pleased to announce Faceware’s performance capture expert Katie Jo Turk will be speaking at The Mocap Vaults live streamed panel:

An Evening in the Volume

  • November 3rd 2016 – 7pm
  • Rouge Mocap Stage, Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles

MocapVaultsThe Mocap Vaults is very excited to bring this panel of highly respected experts and professionals together to spend an evening discussing, exploring and enthusing on the current state and future of Performance Capture.

Made up of actors, directors, producers and casting directors, we take a look at how those working in the industry today have carved out their careers, how those behind the camera cast and put together a mocap shoot, how directors envisage a scene and bring it to life and how all of this comes together in the magic of the mocap volume for both film and video games.

We’ll be examining the current obstacles and challenges and how each of our speakers has learned to overcome and exploit aspects of the technology. We’ll be talking about the essential skillset that every actor requires. We’ll be discussing the ever increasing demands on the actor as video games grow exponentially in size and requirements. We’ll be looking at how things are changing as we make leaps and bounds with not only the tech, but the attitude to Performance Capture as a medium. We’ll also be exploring and making predictions on the impact that Virtual Reality will have on the entire process.

For more information, please see: http://www.themocapvaults.com/panel

Can’t make it in person, catch the discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ei4o7Mo3WI&feature=youtu.be