OC3 Entertainment and Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology Inc., have announced a new FaceFX audio lip-syncing plug-in technology for Softimage product offerings.
The FaceFX plug-in software will establish a bidirectional pipeline with Softimage|XSI software, enabling game developers and 3D animation artists to create realistic talking characters with more precise facial expressions and lip-synchronization. Using a sound file and an optional text file, FaceFX generates facial animation data for use in video games and 3D animations. FaceFX powers the facial animation in Unreal Tournament 3 and Gears of War; as a result, mod developers using these platforms can bring their Softimage assets to life in machinima movies and other game modifications using the new plug-in. OC3 Entertainment will be demonstrating the Softimage|XSI plug-in at the Game Developers Conference in booth number 6729 (Moscone Center-North Hall). The plug-in will be made available for download to the Unreal Tournament 2007 and Gears of War mod development communities.