Jan 13 2007 Published by keith under General
Watch out Hollywood.
26 responses so far
Thanks for posting, otherwise I’d have never seen this.
I don’t know if I’m ready for a 3D Mona Lisa..
I’ve seen this technology in the movie “Running Man”.
Now it’s real.
Looks very similar to Singular Inversion’s FaceGen.. I think there’s a demo on their site that will give you similar results and controls.
Run Forrest, run!
There must be some incredible algorithms behind that technology, awesome stuff.
Damn…what’s that application called????
Wow this is very impressive – I did not know that this is so simple.
Great job and thanks for sharing.
So from a photo of someone, you could make a rubber mask to look like them?
Can I use it at home? Where can I get it? Or is it only for movies or something..?
I don’t want to make a mask of someone.. I just wonder if I can do faces on my PC?
OHH MAn, where can I get this application? FaceGen (http://www.facegen.com/) has nothing on this as it seems!
wow, I want one.
It is simple, but its not. They have come a long way, but it is stil not something that just anyone can throw together at home without it looking lik plastic-like, crappy 3d images which we see to much of. But for 3d artists in the movie and game industry this will be a great _additional_ tool.
I like it. I like it a lot!!!
Absolutely amazing. It is nearly impossible to distinguish between the original and the model.
I can’t wait till we see this used in movies.
Amazin! ItÂ´s the same used on the movie running man! Like Nikita said!
Wow, this rocks!! MY husband years ago said the actors had better watch out because of this type of tech could make them, or atleast their huge paydays for their “hard work” a thing of the past. Just think, Chris Farley, or Phil Hartman, or of course someone like Cary Grant could very well show up loud and clear, not a blur in the near furture!!!!
Come on… this is a fine technology that have been experimented thru the last years and will be used in different situations in the near future… but the words “Watch out hollywood” is so stupid… If you really think that a cg animation can take the place of a real person on a movie scene is plain ridiculous… CG animations are made-up algorithms that have a range of emotions and go as far as a slug would go on a marathon when you look at the aspects of body language and complex facial emotions… CG is a fine tech to make actor look better but they wont substitute them until we got some pretty good AI’s(decades from now!!!)
Ha. Don’t take my comments too seriously.
Yeah, it’s an impressive graphic demo, but obviously a cg animation is not going to match the abilities of a professional actor. Then again, I guess it depends on the actor.
yep, Tom Cruise can gather the papers for the unemployment application
damn, that’s pretty incredible
What is the name of the company that is creating the software?
You should check out: http://www.daz3d.com and see the stuff you can do at home these days, none of it looking like “plastic-like, crappy 3D images”. And they even give the software away for free!.
Also, as far as Hollywood, I believe they can successfully use models of living (or dead) actors to good effect. You have already seen artificial actors showing an incredible range of emotions in movies like “Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within”. As far as body language, they can use an actor to create motion capture for a scene, then apply that to the virtual actor.
This technology would also come in handy in cases where an actor falls sick in the middle of a movie production or, like it happened with John Candy in “Wagons East”, the actor dies.
So, don’t discount this so fast.
This technology that is shown in the video has been developped by Prof. Volker Blanz from Max Planck Institute in Germany. We as a company have licensed this software for our product.
To answer some of the questions here: the software shown in the video is not publicly available – but we provide a similar freeware for you to download at http://www.looxis.com or http://www.download.com. The freeware is called Faceworx.
Have fun playing with it.
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