Digital Domain has announed a new version of their in-house facial capture system. Masquerade 2.0 bringing feature film-quality characters to games, episodics and commercials.

Masquerade 2.0 is the highest-quality facial capture system in the world. Developed over two years, it can target the most minute facial motions, including more accurate lip shapes and subtle movements around the eyes. With this new data, Digital Domain can deliver more emotive performances to game projects, bringing the intricacies of human facial dynamics to in-game characters.

Unlike methods that take over a year to complete, Masquerade 2.0 can deliver a photorealistic 3D character and dozens of hours of performance in a few months. Using machine learning, Masquerade has been trained to accurately capture expressive details down to the wrinkles on an actor’s face, without limiting their on-set movement. This freedom has helped Digital Domain bring emotive characters to high-end projects for years.

Until now, a Masquerade-level character would have required thousands of hours of animation time. Masquerade cuts that by 95%. The system however is not available as public software. It’s offered to Digital Domain’s clients and their projects.

Digital Domain is one of the most innovative VFX and virtual reality studios, actively experimenting with real-time and AI-based solutions to improve their internal pipeline. The studio has locations in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei and Hyderabad. Digital Domain Holdings Limited is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Source: Digital Domain

Lukas Remis

While not running VFX Geek, I'm a visual effects compositing artist with several years of experience. Interested in newest technology innovations, but also having a lot of love for retro VFX and practical effects.

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