Medusa Facial Capture System
The Medusa Facial Capture system, developed by DisneyResearch|Studios, consists of a mobile rig of cameras and lights coupled with proprietary software that can reconstruct actor’s faces in full motion, without using traditional motion-capture dots.
The technology comes as the result of many years worth of research and scientific advances in capturing and modeling of human faces.
Medusa delivers high-resolution 3D faces, with the ability to track individual pores and wrinkles over time, and can recover per-frame dynamic appearance (blood flow and shininess of the skin), providing a very realistic virtual face that is ideal for creating digital doubles for visual effects and computer games.
Medusa is useful in two primary scenarios: 1 – building an expression shape library, and 2 – reconstructing performance dialog. The following videos demonstrate examples of these two scenarios.
With special thanks to:
Robert W. Sumner
Research Guidance (Appearance)
And a special thanks to everyone at ILM for adopting Medusa and using it to make stunning digital humans!
The Medusa Performance Capture System is based on several recent technological advances created at Disney Research. We are continually improving the technology to provide the most state-of-the-art capture system in visual effects. For more details on the technology, please refer to the following research projects.
Single-Shot High-Quality Facial Geometry and Skin Appearance Capture
August 14, 2020
ACM Siggraph 2020
Jeremy Riviere (DisneyResearch|Studios) Paulo Gotardo (DisneyResearch|Studios) Derek Bradley (DisneyResearch|Studios) Abhijeet Ghosh (Imperial College London) Thabo Beeler (DisneyResearch|Studios)
Practical Dynamic Facial Appearance Modeling and Acquisition
November 27, 2018
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Paulo Gotardo (Disney Research) Jeremy Riviere (Disney Research) Derek Bradley (Disney Research) Abhijeet Ghosh (Imperial College London) Thabo Beeler (Disney Research)
Lightweight Eye Capture Using a Parametric Model
July 11, 2016
ACM SIGGRAPH 2016
Pascal Berard (Disney Research/ETH Joint PhD) Derek Bradley (Disney Research) Markus Gross (Disney Research/ETH Zurich) Thabo Beeler (Disney Research)
Rigid Stabilization of Facial Expressions
July 27, 2014
ACM SIGGRAPH 2014
Thabo Beeler (Disney Research) Derek Bradley (Disney Research)
High-Quality Passive Facial Performance Capture using Anchor Frames
August 7, 2011
ACM SIGGRAPH 2011
Thabo Beeler (Disney Research) Fabian Hahn (Disney Research/ETH Joint PhD) Derek Bradley (Disney Research) Bernd Bickel (Disney Research) Paul Beardsley (Disney Research) Craig Gotsman (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology) Robert W. Sumner (Disney Research) Markus Gross (Disney Research/ETH Zurich)
High-Quality Single-Shot Capture of Facial Geometry
July 26, 2010
ACM SIGGRAPH 2010
Thabo Beeler (Disney Research) Bernd Bickel (Disney Research) Paul Beardsley (Disney Research) Robert W. Sumner (Disney Research) Markus Gross (Disney Research/ETH Zurich)
For more information on the Medusa technology, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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