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Is Faceware for me?

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I am creating a game that will need a lot of face animations. It will mostly be a monologue from a NPC to the player in a scene in 3D and 2D.
As a programmer I got limited skill on the animation parts, so I figure, why not have my own face recorded and use it for the face animation in the game.
I bought Crazytalk to just get a feel about the face animation process. The auto lip sync was not that good, when you try read lips. With some manual work it got better. And I just continued to go over the lips in the timeline and I could get the quality I was after. I notice I missed some sounds like y, ue... (o and u is not the same) Can I add those myself somehow? So they appear in the lip editor?

The next step is to test the Faceware plugin for iClone. I spend some time on the forum and notice problems with licence, camera not record at 60fps and lag.
So here comes some questions:
1# Can you use Faceware plugin for iClone and record face motion in real-time but without a real-time 3D figure, ex using a wireframe figure instead (to save CPU and GPU for the camera to use instead)?
2# Can I export this motion as motion clips to Crazytalk8 pipeline or CTA?
3# Can I manually edit the face motion and lips in iClone?
4# Can I export a motion clip from Crazytalk8 to iClone or CTA?
5# I plan to make some face animations and export it to 2D. Is Crazytalk Animator able to use motions from iClone Faceware?

The biggest concern is that the Faceware will not be worth it. I watched some tutorials and it seem to work fine on most of the face. But the lip sync is not good. Not shocking, because the lips moves very fast. Can I record myself in slowmotion and make the playback faster, maybe? (When I say record in slowmotion I mean in Ace venture style). Else the plan is to use Faceware to capture the head animations. And then use the motion in CT or CTA and improve the lips. And that is possible to do?

Sorry for the many questions post. But when you plan to buy stuff it's often better to ask before and not after.



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I'm not going to address all your questions, but instead suggest you get Faceshift for the iPhone X models instead.  Pricewise it's about a wash and it works MUCH better than Faceware (I have both).  It also does 2D animation (which I suspect FW does as well but it's not touted that way, whereas the iPhone plugin is -- check out RL's site for more info).

Because you can directly control 2D animations with the iPhone you won't need to worry about a lot of other things.



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