FaceRig is a computer program that lets you become a virtual character simply by sitting in front of your web-cam. The software alters the users’ movements in real-time and even has a voice processing tool enabling you to transform and takeover the character completely. It works with any type of web-cam and can be streamed to Skype, Twitch or any service that uses a web-cam.
The technology involved includes real-time image based tracking technology created and provided by Swedish company Visage Technologies, and combines it with a cross-platform real-time animation and visualization framework.
The idea was born from a discussion between five web developers surrounding the concept of many “what ifs”: ‘what if folks without any knowledge about 3D rendering and animation could record at the press of a button karaoke performances, funny (or emotional) clips as their chosen characters, to joke around with friends and post on Facebook or YouTube?’ ‘What if we could web chat on Skype, Google Hangouts, etc., or create video clips at the press of a button with us starring as fantastic characters, with their complete expression and emotion palettes? Something like instant digital cosplay?’
One of the key attractions to this new concept is that this form of instant digital cosplay is affordable, instantly introducing it to the mainstream market. It can also be recorded as a movie allowing actors and non-actors alike to star in their own animated movie, which will inevitably be one of the program’s key selling points.
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FaceRig has already exceeded its $120,000 goal on indiegogo.com