This Computer Animation Technology Will Amaze You

Aug 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Video, Video Software

We’ve highlighted several amazing new video software apps in the last few days – but the demo video above, from Image Metrics, is jaw-dropping.

It features a Emily – a computer graphic illustration produced using a new modeling technology that enables the minute details of a facial expression to be captured and recreated. For the first minute and a half of the video, when they revert back to the source (the real actress), Emily’s face is being simulated by the technology.

This is done without traditional motion-capture. The technology instead analyzes video of real actors and models their facial expressions at a minute level.

This obviously has applications in the world of special effects – but it could be an even bigger deal as the technology makes its way down to consumer video. Imagine making video podcasts with photo-realistic animated talking heads – or machinima-type cartoons that look close to real.

Is this scary real, or what? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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2 Responses to “This Computer Animation Technology Will Amaze You”

  1. Alex says:

    Unbelievable and truly awesome. I had to watch it a couple of times to notice. Looking forward to how this technology develops. Yep, awesome! Thanks for sharing

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