: Moviemaking to Media Messaging, the Evolution of the Human Interface Continues with Reallusion's Release of CrazyTalkLast Updated: July 31, 2006 4:59 pm GMT
(SAN JOSE, Calif.--BUSINESS WIRE--July 31, 2006) Aimed to simplify lip-synch and facial animation, CrazyTalk™ 4.5 now equips artists, animators, and studios with tools to easily create and control emotionally energized custom CG characters with time saving automatic lip-synch and powerful expression shaping tools. Five step auto facial rigging, emotive facial morphing presets, and simplified facial track editing combine to power the efficiency of CrazyTalk's animation process.
Studios and artists benefit from increased performance and features inside CrazyTalk™ 4.5 with specialized tools to streamline facial animation production. http://www.Reallusion.com/CrazyTalk
CrazyTalk™, the facial engine for Reallusion's suite for real-time filmmaking and previsualization, enables fast creation and real-time facial animation preview of virtual actors using the CrazyTalk accessible tools designed to convert any 2D image into an animated face and auto lip-synch dialogue with images flexibly working with illustrations and photos of humans, animals, or any face inside any image. CrazyTalk™ 4.5 connects facial animation from previz to production.
Keeping storytellers closer to their stories with tools designed for anyone to create and control virtual actors, CrazyTalk™ 4.5 combines advanced animation techniques with a simplified learning curve. Accessible animation attracted author PJ Haarsma to Reallusion's CrazyTalk™ while seeking a solution to previsualize characters from the world of The Softwire ( http://www.thesoftwire.com ), Sci-Fi series from Candelwick Press.
"CrazyTalk allowed me to add a level of sophistication that I didn't think I could get with my budget or my experience. I was able to create a killer online experience and produce a marketing tool with CrazyTalk that I believe is truly unique for a novel. It's nothing I've ever seen before. .I got The Softwire characters talking with just me at the keyboard, in under an hour using CrazyTalk and even now when I look at it I am still amazed at what I created," said PJ Haarsma, author of The Softwire. (See video Interview with PJ) http://web.mac.com/animize/iWeb/Softwire/PJ%20Haarsma.html
PJ Haarsma's production experience enabled him to create the content he desired for the interactive marketing elements he envisioned for launching The Softwire series, www.ringsoforbis.com. Registered members experience some of the final character facial animations generated from 2D concept illustrations and delivered through CrazyTalk.
CrazyTalk™ 4.5 adds more animated content and facial expression presets for virtual actors, animation layers for adding graphics and special effects with transitions. Custom graphics can be attached to the virtual actor's face and tracked along with the facial animation for easy overlays of disguises, masks, glasses, and all facial props. CrazyTalk™ 4.5 continues to work seamlessly with iClone connecting CrazyTalk(TM) projects to facial animation designed to work with iClone's 3D characters.
Reallusion spans a technologic spectrum with the CrazyTalk™ mass market flexibility to supply voice activated virtual avatars for actors in movies and also inside communications solutions. Live action avatars to VOIP as featured in the Skype Certified CrazyTalk™ for Skype. Now Skype VOIP conversations are revolutionized with CrazyTalk™'s interactive characters connecting Skype users to an add-on enabling them to host and communicate live represented by their virtual animated avatar.
Recently heralded as top download in many categories on Skype.com, CrazyTalk™ for Skype is an approved and certified Skype technology. Its popularity among the Skype network will be featured in Wiley Publishing's upcoming book, "Skype for Dummies" demonstrating the friendly power of Reallusion's solution for avatar communication. CrazyTalk™ for Skype is a fun way to create and control 3D Characters animating in real-time as the user's voice controls the performance. Download CrazyTalk™ for Skype: http://crazytalk4skype.reallusion.com/ .
About Reallusion ( http://www.reallusion.com )
Reallusion is a leading-edge software developer providing Hollywood-like 3D cinematic animation tools for PC and Mobile platforms. Reallusion's pioneering storytelling technology excelling at character animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync allows fast creation of interactive avatars for 3D real-time filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production. Our powerful yet easy-to-use tools make character animation accessible to PC users of all skill levels.
Reallusion's development of core technologies and growing base of intellectual property firmly establish the company as power among emerging technology innovators, furthering our graphic and imaging embedded kernels to top-brand device manufacturers worldwide.