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FacePro animation outsourcing at $5/sec

FacePro (http://www.facepro.net) has recently revamped their facial animation product offering with rates as low as $5/sec. To streamline the approval process, they've created REV, an online approval tool that uses FaceFX's rendering ability. Customers log into REV to view and comment on the animations that FacePro has worked on.

Definitely worth a look for developers that want to outsource tweaking FaceFX animations.

More info below:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/facepro-reveals-low-cost-facial-...

Sample FaceFX output

We've added sample output files in different languages so people can easily see what FaceFX is capable of.

Most of the files are untweaked, meaning there was no artist intervention after generating the animation from audio and text. In fact, there was no artist intervention at all because the 3D characters were generated from www.evolver.com. The entire process of preparing each Evolver character was scripted as a proof-of-concept for a potential server-based FaceFX product.

Documentation up on facefx.com

You might notice that when you hit F1 from FaceFX Studio, or click on the Support->Docs link above that you are no longer taken to a different website. We have migrated the documentation to facefx.com.

This was done for several reasons:

1) We needed to be able to have multiple versions of the documentation for different versions of FaceFX Studio. You will notice that the links to the documentation pages have the version number embedded in them.

2) We wanted users to be able to find all relevant FaceFX information by searching in the search bar on facefx.com.

FaceFX in Batman: Arkham Asylum

Rocksteady Studios talks about using FaceFX in Batman: Arkham Asylum in the latest issue of CGW. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/4c6NnC

Bobby Kotick Talks Facial Animation

In a recent article in Barrons, Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard cites the importance of facial animation in the next generation of consoles. He argues that the new hardware will finally let developers achieve the realism required to create an emotional connection with the player.

Check out the article here:
http://online.barrons.com/article/SB125150805017468583.html

Evolver.com launches - FaceFX output option

www.evolver.com launched this week. You can generate highly realistic characters in Maya, FBX, or Collada formats. FaceFX is one of the standard output settings, which gives you access to 77 blendshapes that are great for facial animation. FaceFX ships with sample evolver content, so getting an evolver character talking is really easy. A FaceFX-compatible character is $69.

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