Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tech Break: Realistic Mo-Cap

This is one of the most amazing demos of the future of motion capture (mocap). The above video is of a computer simulation. It is not a real person!

Instead of sticking tiny reflective stickers on a persons face, a simple video capture is used and then analyzed.

The movements are then mapped onto your computer simulated model.

Reminds me of the movie S1m0ne that starred Al Pacino. But even darker, we can think of Wag the Dog and Johnny Mnemonic where computer simulations are used to trick people.

This technology created by Image Metrics.

The technology will not replace actors entirely, but more likely good-looking bad actors. You still need a good actor who can emote with facial expression well, but he needn't be just the right face.

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