Faceware Technologies, a provider of “markerless” facial motion capture solutions used in games such as NBA2K16 and Destiny, just released new versions of their software, including a free PLE (Personal Learning Edition) version. That is a term that I though went away with Maya PLE, I’m somewhat surprised to see it again. In addition to the free edition, they have also updated their marque applications as well as creating a new rental program.
First, let’s cover the free version of Faceware. The Personal Learning Edition is a free license that is limited to non-commercial use. From the Faceware announcement:
More and more individual content creators are adopting Faceware’s technologies to learn or improve their facial mocap and animation skills. The Personal Learning Edition (PLE) was designed with those users in mind. PLE is a free license of Analyzer 3.0 and Retargeter 5.0 for individual, non-commercial use, including research. The PLE includes all of the functionality of the Studio version of Analyzer 3.0 and Retargeter 5.0 (see below), and will be kept on feature parity with the latest versions of those packages, so individual artists will always have access to the latest facial motion capture functionality from Faceware. For universities and schools, Analyzer 3.0 and Retargeter 5.0 will still be available in-lab and classroom licenses for adoption into relevant curriculums.
There were also updates to their Analyzer and Retargeter software packages. The changes to Analyzer 3.0:
Analyzer is Faceware’s award-winning markerless facial motion tracking software. Based on advanced computer vision technology, it converts any video of an actor’s facial performance into facial motion files for use in Faceware’s companion software, Retargeter. To enhance Analyzer’s usability for artists in different countries, Faceware has localized Analyzer into nine additional languages: Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, French, German, Spanish (Castilian), Russian, Polish and Arabic. Analyzer will now also support timecode, editing of in/out points of any new video, and the ability to capture live video straight into Analyzer’s workflow using any of Faceware’s hardware systems. All new features will be available in both Analyzer 3.0 Studio and Studio Plus versions.
While here are the details on Retargeter:
Faceware’s award-winning Retargeter software maps facial motion capture data from Analyzer onto any facial rig through a plug-in for Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, and MotionBuilder. Like Analyzer, Retargeter 5.0 has been localized into nine additional languages and it supports timecode. Other highlights include an updated shared pose library workflow as well as general speed improvements. All new features will be available in both Studio and Studio Plus versions of Retargeter 5.0.
Faceware also announced a complete rental option, including hardware and software, on a month by month basis:
For commercial projects that need to be completed on relatively tight schedules, studios are now able to rent Faceware’s entire real-time and creative suite software lineup in 30-day increments. Rental costs start at $340 USD per month.
For more details, see the complete release here.