Neural face-swapping leaves the uncanny valley behind

Creating convincing human faces is one of the toughest tasks faced by 3D animators. At the recent (online) International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV 2020), Disney Research told attendees about the advances it has made on a Machine Learning-based tool that streamlines the process while taking into account all the subtleties of our facial expressions. […]

If you up against it and need to fill a scene or create a more socially diverse group, you can now buy fake people from Generated Photos, whose customers include the BBC and Vice Media, for as little as $2.99. ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com will let you have a couple of them for free. By shifting a few […]

In a particularly busy week at Epic Games, the company has invested in SideFX, makers of VFX simulation software Houdini, and acquired Hyprsense whose real-time facial motion capture software will be used to progress Epic’s move into creating digital characters. Meanwhile, over at Digital Domain, the company’s own digital human, Douglas, is busy getting his […]

With the support of finance partners Aleph Capital and Crestview Partners, Framestore has bought Company 3 and Method Studio from Deluxe for an undisclosed figure. The new, expanded business will now have facilities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Mumbai and Melbourne.   Here, Framestore CEEO Sir William Sargent is interviewed […]

In 2017 Ofcom gave BT a hefty nudge in the direction of splitting itself off from Openreach to create a fairer UK broadband and wholesale network landscape, and in 2018 BT confirmed that the deed had been done. This week the regulator has published it latest monitoring report. According to the report, overall, good progress […]

Amongst a slew of new features arriving in time for a Christmas Sky Q is adding more than 40 HDR movies including Dolittle, Le Mans ’66, Emma, Little Women and Bad Boys For Life and TV series, including Tin Star: Liverpool and Chernobyl. These join the current list of 4K UHD content on offer to Sky Q […]

Ahead of its launch there, HBO and Framestore, who created the VFX for His Dark Materials have got together to build a new augmented reality (AR) iOS and watchOS app for US viewers – His Dark Materials: My Daemon. Custom animal-like manifestation of users’ inner souls, which are created from the results of an in-app […]

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