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DI4D announces update to facial capture pacesetter PURE4D

Glasgow’s DI4D, the leading independent facial capture and animation provider, has announced PURE4D 2.0, the latest iteration of its proprietary facial performance capture solution.

PURE4D consistently delivers the highest level of fidelity and realism for the world’s biggest video game titles. It has been used to produce hours of facial animation for leading franchises including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3 and F1 21 & 23. PURE4D 2.0 faithfully delivers even more detail than before.

The PURE4D 2.0 pipeline is purpose-built to directly translate the subtleties of an actor’s facial performance onto their digital double. It delivers nuanced facial animation without the need for manual polish or complex facial rigs.

PURE4D’s unique approach to facial animation has inspired a new short film, Double, starring Neil Newbon. Newbon, the son of ITV Sport pundit Gary Newbon, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished video game actors, having recently won awards at the 2023 Game of the Year awards and Golden Joystick Awards. He is also nominated at the upcoming British Academy Games Awards.

Double will use PURE4D 2.0 to capture the nuance of Neil’s performance, driving the facial animation of his digital double. Scheduled for release during the summer of 2024, Double will highlight the increasingly valuable contribution that high quality acting makes to video game production.

PURE4D 2.0 is a pipeline built from DI4D’s proprietary facial capture technology. The system combines performance data from a head-mounted camera with high-fidelity data from a seated 4D capture system to achieve a scale and quality far beyond the capabilities of traditional animation pipelines. PURE4D 2.0 is compatible with the DI4D HMC and third-party dual cameras, as well as the DI4D PRO and third party 4D capture systems.

Colin Urquhart, co-founder and CEO of DI4D said, “Since launching PURE4D in 2021, we’ve delivered many hours of highest quality facial animation for leading AAA video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3, and F1 21 and 23. It’s production-proven at the most demanding level. PURE4D 2.0 encapsulates all the lessons we have learned, allowing us to make it even more robust and efficient, all while achieving greater levels of fidelity than before. It faithfully delivers even more of the nuance of a great acting performance without requiring complex rigs or any of the usual animation polish.”

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