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Published on Nov 2, 2011
In the Digital Emily project, Image Metrics and the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) animated a digital face using new results in 3D facial capture, character modeling, animation, and rendering. The project aimed to cross the "uncanny valley" that divides a synthetic-looking face from a real, animated, expressive person. The key technologies included a fast high-resolution digital face-scanning process using USC ICT's Light Stage capture system and Image Metrics' video-based facial-animation system. The project generated one of the first photorealistic digital faces to speak and emote convincingly in a medium close-up.