Unreal Engine releases an app that uses Face ID to capture 3D facial animations

Unreal Engine’s new Live Link Face app brings big budget movie-style effects to iPhone, with Face ID capable of animating 3D characters in real time or capturing face tracking data for later use .

On Thursday morning, the company announced the new Live Link Face app and bragged about the usefulness of Face ID and ARKit for capturing 3D animations. The app can be used to capture live performances or be used to animate digital avatars for live streams.

# UE4 has its iOS Live Link Face app available now for free !! You can capture real-time facial data directly in the sequencer or save the takes for later. Do what you want with this knowledge: D #Game development pic.twitter.com/7CXPh1oCIq

– Tracking shields (@chaseanimation) July 8, 2020

The application can be adjusted intelligently depending on how it is used through the use of motion coprocessors on the iPhone. If the iPhone is attached to the user’s head, it will only record facial movements in the data, where if it is on a desk, it will also capture head and neck movements.

It is designed for professional collaborative environments, which will allow the application to synchronize with the multi-user editor used in Unreal productions. Other synchronization features will ensure that time codes are perfectly synchronized with other recordings by connecting to the main stage clock via Bluetooth.

Live Link Face application used for capturing live movements

Addy Ghani, director of animation technology at Verizon Media praised the usefulness of the application.

“The Live Link Face application exploits the incredible quality of facial capture of the ARKit iPhone and transforms it into a rationalized production tool. At RYOT, we believe in the democratization of capture technology and real-time content and this solution is perfect for a home designer or a professional studio team like ours. ”

Unreal Engine is known for its cross-platform game engine used by developers to create games on iOS, macOS and game consoles. Technology has also been used to create digital film sets for media such as Disney’s “The Mandalorian”.

The Live Link Face app is available for free on the App Store, with no in-app purchases. The application must be connected to professional software used in the production of Unreal Engine to use the data.

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