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.


Technabob:
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.

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