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DI4D sees double in new short film

Double uses the company's PURE4D 2.0 solution to faithfully transfer actor Neil Newbon’s facial performance onto his digital double

Facial capture company DI4D has used its PURE4D 2.0 solution to faithfully transfer actor Neil Newbon’s facial performance onto his digital double.

The solution is an innovative approach to facial animation that is entirely performance-driven and can produce realistic facial animation without requiring a traditional facial rig, said the company.

The short film, titled Double, celebrates acting, from its ancient roots to its most modern digital form, added DI4D, and highlights the contribution skilled actors can make to video games and other animation projects.

The company used PURE4D to capture Newbon’s performance and produce animation directly from the facial performance. It captures performance data from a HMC (head-mounted camera) with high-fidelity data from a seated 4D capture system. Proprietary machine learning technology learns the actor’s facial expressions, reducing subjective manual clean-up and significantly increasing consistency and efficiency, said DI4D.

Speaking about the project, Colin Urquhart, CEO and co-founder of DI4D said, “Double proves that it’s possible to produce high-end facial animation within a constrained budget. Acting lies at the heart of PURE4D 2.0’s approach, allowing studios to allocate more of their resources to talented performers, like Neil, who captivate audiences with their abilities. It’s this unique aspect that sets performance-driven animation apart from traditional pipelines.”

Douglas Green, COO and co-founder of DI4D added, “Developing an entire film from conception to the final render has been an incredible opportunity for the DI4D team. Not only have we demonstrated the level of quality possible with a small team and budget, but we now have an even greater understanding of our client’s processes which can only help to improve our services further.”