How Faceware Live powers live broadcast
Live broadcast of digital content can be a challenging prospect – but Faceware Live has been specifically designed to ease the process. Using cutting-edge technology, the real-time mocap solution can deliver instantaneous digital performance without the need for markers or a complex setup. VP of Business Development Peter Busch explains how…
Can you tell us a little about Faceware Live and why it was created?
Faceware Live is facial motion capture software that instantly creates facial animation for any animated character for live events. Our technology enables any new user via a near-instant calibration process, which quickly tracks a user’s face and makes it “the driver” of the resulting facial animation.
Created primarily for pre-visualization and live performances, Live can be used for a variety of public installations and attractions. Digital characters can be “puppeted” in real-time, allowing interaction with live audiences and people in a variety of venues, such as screens and kiosks for theme parks, live studio audiences, museums, concerts and other large entertainment events.
However, Live can be used in many different productions and projects. The nature of the software means it has endless applications.
How does Faceware Live work?
Using patented technology, Faceware Live automatically tracks a performer’s face to stream and create real-time animation on an animated character.
Faceware Live is robust – it works in nearly any lighting condition with any performer. Also, there’s no inherent limit to the amount of characters you can drive; multiple animated characters can interact with each other simultaneously.
This is thanks to the powerful technology that underpins Faceware Live, developed over 15 years of research and development. This focused development effort means the technology is rock solid and, most importantly, stable.
How easy is it to setup and calibrate a Faceware Live performance?
Setting up Faceware Live is an easy process. One unique feature of Faceware Live is the ability to calibrate any performer in one second; there is no need for a lengthy range of motion or complex character setup process.
Performers simply make a single neutral expression and with one click they are calibrated. Faceware Live is robust enough to handle almost any number of factors that can cause other real-time software to fail such as a range of different lighting conditions, ages and skin tones.
With Faceware Live you are running in one second or less – ensuring stability and flexibility in the demands of real-time content creation. Acting talent can arrive minutes before their performance and start streaming right away.
How easy is it to integrate Faceware Live into a development pipeline, such as one powered by Unity?
Faceware Live easily integrates into any development pipeline, including those powered by Unity. Unlike other products that will create content only in a proprietary toolset, Faceware Live will plug in to most popular animation suites. Our software performs the heavy lifting, making content creation an easy process.