Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Actors Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past?

For all you budding directors out there, your troublesome un-reliable actors may soon be a thing of the past. Technabob have a great piece about Image Metrics and ICT project. But just look at video below.

Using ICT’s special scanning system that can capture facial details down to the individual pore, the face of actress Emily O’Brien was transformed into a digital representation of herself, which could then be entirely machine-manipulated. A special spherical lighting rig captured O’Brien in 35 reference facial poses using a pair of high resolution digital cameras. The facial maps were then converted into 3D data using Image Metrics’ proprietary markerless motion capture technology.

Image Metrics then generated a new animation sequence and precisely superimposed it onto the live actress’ head. As you can see from the video above, you’d be really hard-pressed to tell the difference between digital Emily and real-world Emily.