LOS ANGELES — Faceware Technologies, provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, has released an upgrade to Faceware Studio 1.5, the company’s realtime facial animation software. The upgraded version comes with “indie pricing” and several enhancements, including a free Live Link plug-in for Unreal Engine.
Artists who are making content on their own, small teams creating facial animation, or even larger companies just starting out, can get started with the fully featured Faceware Studio for $239, if eligible. Early adopters can enjoy an introductory price of $179/year. Currently, individuals and companies earning less than $100,000 per year are eligible to purchase an indie license.
Faceware’s new Live Link plug-in streams facial animation in realtime from Faceware Studio to Unreal Engine. The plug-in replaces the third-party Live Client, is free, and is compatible with the latest versions of Faceware Studio and Unreal Engine. Live Client will also continue to work with Faceware Studio and will continue to be supported. The plug-ins for Unity and Autodesk MotionBuilder will also work with the Faceware Studio upgrade.
Faceware overhauled its camera system to add support for hundreds of different cameras and webcams, as well as support for virtual cameras, including apps like OBS, Streamlabs, ManyCam, EpocCam and others. These improvements open the door for creators to bring their video into Faceware Studio in a range of ways. In addition, Faceware’s new camera system has led to significant performance improvements across a range of PCs. When streaming high frame rate data and larger image resolutions, users will see up to a 30 percent increase in performance.