LOS ANGELES — Faceware Technologies (www.facewaretech.com), a provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, has announced the upcoming release of its Shepherd motion capture sync software. This new software automates Faceware’s ProHD headcam recording and integrates with industry-leading body motion capture systems, such as Vicon and Optitrack, to sync facial and body mocap recordings on Windows PCs and tablets.
“In most mocap recording sessions, operators are working with one software package for body mocap, and another for facial mocap,” notes Peter Busch, VP of business development at Faceware Technologies. “This adds a lot of complexity and a lot of work for your operators. Shepherd syncs a studio’s face and body mocap pipelines, providing a more unified, succinct and automated motion capture process - something that is a key initiative for our users.”
Shepherd gives facial motion capture operators the ability to control recording and playback of multiple Ki Pro video recording devices. Shepherd simplifies motion capture shoots by eliminating the need to manually track take numbers, file names and recording times. Because of Shepherd’s ability to start and stop facial recording at the body system’s direction, the facial motion capture operator is empowered to focus on the actor’s performance.
Shepherd currently connects to Vicon and Optitrack mocap systems, and more integrations will come in the future. The software also provides tools for producers, such as the ability to transfer clips from multiple Ki Pro devices simultaneously, as well as export a detailed list of recorded clips for review, editorial, or to be fed directly into an existing Faceware Batch Pipeline.
Shepherd was going through a Closed Beta is October and an wider, Open Beta period will follow in November. Public release is scheduled for early 2019.