Realtime for iClone is a facial tracking application powered by Faceware Technologies that communicates solely with Reallusion’s iClone 7. Realtime for iClone helps Reallusion empower indie developers and professional studios with tools for real-time facial motion capture and recording. Fast, accurate, and markerless–all from a PC webcam.
Apparently this requires two purchases, in addition to iClone 7 and Character Creator 2:
- iClone Facial Mocap Plug-in for Faceware ($599)
- Faceware Realtime for iClone ($599)
Add one more purchase :3DXchange 7 Pipeline if you want to export the figures or animations out of the iClone universe.
No one ever claimed iClone or it’s attractive Character Creator is cheap, but un-surprisingly many software bundles can be purchased through Reallusion for a constantly fluctuating discount:
Apple’s ARKit contains instructions for mapping facial expressions to blendshapes when using their face recognition technology on the iPhone X.
A Unity blog post ARKit Face Tracking on iPhone X states that Unity will be releasing a sample scene where ARKit is used to animate a 3D head, although that demo scene is not yet available.
I’ve compiled a list of ARKit’s blendshapes from the Apple Developer website:
Mouth and Jaw
Eyebrows, Cheeks, and Nose
Apple Developer: Creating Face-Based AR Experiences
Each key in this dictionary (an
ARFaceAnchor.BlendShapeLocation constant) represents one of many specific facial features recognized by ARKit. The corresponding value for each key is a floating point number indicating the current position of that feature relative to its neutral configuration, ranging from
0.0 (neutral) to
1.0 (maximum movement).
You can use blend shape coefficients to animate a 2D or 3D character in ways that follow the user’s facial expressions. ARKit provides many blend shape coefficients, resulting in a detailed model of a facial expression; however, you can use as many or as few of the coefficients as you desire to create a visual effect. For example, you might animate a simple cartoon character using only the
eyeBlinkRight coefficients. A professional 3D artist could create a detailed character model rigged for realistic animation using a larger set, or the entire set, of coefficients.
You can also use blend shape coefficients to record a specific facial expression and reuse it later. The
init(blendShapes:) initializer creates a detailed 3D mesh from a dictionary equivalent to this property’s value; the serialized form of a blend shapes dictionary is more portable than that of the face mesh those coefficients describe.
MVN Animate is the proprietary software suite for Xsens MVN motion capture suite.
The package comes in two flavors “Animate” and “Animate Pro”, with options for annual or lifetime subscriptions. A livestream data plugin is available for Maya, Motionbuilder, and Unity3D.
Typical pricing with Xsens, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”
The People’s Film Festival MAY 31- JUNE 3, 2018 in Harlem, NY, celebrates the power of the media when placed in the hands of the people.
The People’s Film Festival is an annual 4-Day event designed to showcase the best in independent films, music & art. It’s comprised of film screenings including virtual reality, panel discussions, music showcases and an award ceremony—celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers, producers, and videographers—reflecting traditional and avant-garde style films with an emphasis on films that integrate multiple digital platforms using today’s new media & technology.