Faceware Unveils Retargeter 4.0 with AutoSolve at GDC
Retargeter 4.0 makes use of an improved IMPD file that contains the complex data needed for AutoSolve – it also contains a helpful way to see the tracking information that comes out of Faceware Analyzer. This feature enables artists to better understand what is going on in the facial tracking process to better utilize Retargeter.
The command line abilities built into Retargeter 4.0 allow any function within Retargeter to be scripted, letting artists create a complete batch pipeline for facial animation. With minimal character setup and a little basic scripting, artists can easily set up and AutoSolve hundreds of shots overnight. Retargeter 4.0 will support a library of Mel, Python, and MaxScript commands.
Shared Pose Thumbnails
Sometimes there are multiple artists using Retargeter for the same character on a project. Retargeter 4.0 now gives artists the ability to add thumbnail images for every pose, so that other artists on the team have a reference for every shared pose and can find what they need faster. Artists have the ability to custom define each thumbnail, such as focusing on a particular area of a pose or showing the entire facial pose.
Retargeter 4.0 is slated to launch in April following its beta program. The plug-in will continue to be free and will work with current versions of Faceware Analyzer. Users wishing to use the AutoSolve function will need IMPD files to be created with Analyzer 1.3. Upon launch, Faceware Retargeter 4.0 will be available for the following packages:
- Autodesk Maya 2010-2013
- Autodesk 3ds Max 2010-2013
- Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010-2013
- Autodesk Softimage 2010-2013
The new software will be shown in demonstrations at Faceware Technologies’ Booth #1036 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and will be discussed in Remington Scott’s talk “Performance Capture: Insights from the Edge” on Wednesday, March 27th, from 11:00-12:00 in the West Hall (Room 3001).
Source: Faceware Technologies