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What You Need to Know:
- The software company, Live2D has come out with a new module called "FaceRig". It allows the user to turn their 2D drawings into moving, 3D-like artwork. Specifically, it allows these drawings to be animated according to a person's facial expression.
- The module works by using 2D art, made in layers, and moving it in unison with facial features it tracks via recording hardware, such as webcams.
- The plan for the software now is to allow people to use live avatars in Skype video calls. That being said, it is not too hard to imagine this module being used in fullscale anime projects.
An explanation of how the software works is available here.
Reactions Around the Web
I just have to buy this. Although I don't have anyone to talk to!
This is going big!
The next generation of anime is coming.
It's probably not exactly realtime, but still amazing.
Pretty soon voice actors will be expected to act with their faces too.
With this... we can finally come to life!!
I can't wait to star in my own anime!