Markerless High Fidelity Facial Motion Capture - DI4D PRO System

HIGH RESOLUTION 4D FACIAL MOTION CAPTURE

The DI4D PRO System captures sequences of high resolution, colour 3D facial performance data using digital video cameras. DI4D PRO Systems use only standard video lighting and do not require any markers, make-up or structured light projection.

DI4D PRO Systems are supplied with one or more “pods” of three cameras: two monochrome and one colour. Typical systems employ 2 pods (6 cameras) or 3 pods (9 cameras) using synchronised cameras with resolutions of either 1600 x 1200 pixels or 2048 x 1536 pixels, capturing at up to 60 fps. By using “stream-to-disk” technology, sequence length is virtually unlimited.

Captured video sequence data is post processed using DI4D dense passive stereo photogrammetry software and then a fixed topology mesh can be tracked through the sequence using DI4D optical flow tracking software. The result is the capture of incredibly realistic, extremely dense, facial animation, with much more of the subtlety and nuance of facial performance than alternative approaches.

Customers such as Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment, Remedy Entertainment, University of Glasgow and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, use DI4D PRO Systems to produce high fidelity facial data for triple A video games, movie and TV projects, and research work within the facial surgery, psychology, and orthodontics sectors.

  • SUPER HIGH DEFINITION FACIAL PERFORMANCE CAPTURE
  • NO MARKERS, MAKEUP OR SPECIALISED ILLUMINATION
  • CONSISTENT MESH TOPOLOGY FROM DENSE OPTICAL FLOW TRACKING
  • EXCEPTIONALLY REALISTIC DETAIL - DYNAMIC NORMAL & TEXTURE MAPS
  • CAPTURE AT UP TO 60 FPS (AND HIGHER USING CUSTOM SYSTEMS)
  • VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED SEQUENCE LENGTH
  • SUBJECT FRIENDLY

“By using DI4D’s facial performance capture solution combined with Remedy’s Northlight storytelling technology, we can ensure that every nuance of the actors’ performances are captured on screen.”

Sam Lake, Creative Director, Remedy Entertainment

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“We looked at other systems, however, the DI4D PRO System was the one which best suited our needs. The quality of point tracking, the data delivered and the software was second to none.”

Dr James Seaward, Assistant Professor - Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

“The high fidelity of data produced from DI4D’s system was far superior to other solutions we looked at…our research wouldn’t be possible without the help of their 4D system.”

Dr Rachael E. Jack, Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow

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“This is an entirely new way of measuring and recording, what may be very subtle, changes in a person’s face. Such observations have never been done so accurately before and may provide novel approaches to the care of patients with stroke, Bell’s palsy and Parkinson’s disease.”

Professor Caroline Watkins (Professor of Stroke Care), Clinical Practice Research Unit (CPRU), School of Health, University of Central Lancashire

Sample Data

We have created some DI4D PRO System sample data which is available for you to download - this is the same data that was used to create this movie.

The data is comprised of a mesh file, an animation file and texture maps in various formats.

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