An Amazing Live Demonstration of Real-Time Facial Model Animation Using an iPhone Camera

Epic Games debuted their updated MetaHuman Animator for Unreal Engine 5 with real-time facial model animation using an iPhone camera. Performance capture actress Melina Juergens, who played Suena in the game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, acted out three different emotions: scared, angry, and knowing (with a look). The team processed the video of Juergen and replicated it to near perfection in less than five minutes.

Unreal Engine 5’s MetaHuman is getting a new update called Animator to create new fully animated facial models in real time with just a phone camera. The team from Ninja Theory, including Senua actor Melina Juergens shows this process in real time.

Metahuman Animator Demo
Lori Dorn
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