Sunday 11 December 2016

Face2Face lets you mess with YouTube videos in real time

Mark O'Beirne

Published 21/03/2016 | 10:02

Face2Face
Face2Face

Researchers have developed a real-time facial mapping technology called Face2Face, which lets users cast their facial expressions onto a video subject.

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A team of researchers has developed Face2Face, a real-time facial remapping technology that lets you toy with the facial expressions of a subject in a video in real time.

The technology uses a standard webcam to capture an actor’s facial expressions and talking motions and transfers them onto the video subject’s face. The incredible thing about this is that it happens in real time and takes in subtle movements like the tilt of a head and eyebrow raises.

The team has released a video showing the technology in action. In it, they turn Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and George W. Bush into their puppets. If you have a good impersonator as an actor, you could convince people that your subject has said anything.

Unfortunately the software isn’t available to the public. Team member Matthias Niessner told Mashable that the team is “thinking about commercializing it given that we are getting so many requests."

Check out the team’s intriguing video below showcasing the technology. It will be interesting to see what this makes possible.

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