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Machine Learning Summit: From Photo to Expression: Generating Photorealistic Facial Rigs


In the presentation the speaker discusses how machine learning can improve facial animation in the gaming industry. A showcase on their solution using in-house facial rig, FaceRig, and will demonstrate how blendshapes can be automatically created to suit various character identities. The presentation covers: FaceMixer, which can generate blendshapes from a neutral input, and FaceOptim, which automates the creation of blendshapes and animations from scanned expressions or 4D animation. The presenter also introduces FaceBot, a solution that generates photorealistic face textures and meshes with expressions that can then be fed back into the previous system. By combining FaceBot with FaceOptim or FaceMixer, users can generate high-quality rigged faces for game characters with minimal effort. Future developments include incorporating FaceAnim animation, allowing for more organic and realistic facial animation.

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