[Sidefx-houdini-list] Re-using facial rigs

Simon Barrick simon at primalpictures.com
Fri Jan 25 05:26:48 EST 2008

I see they use Radial Basis Function Warping do to the transfer. Some
HDK code for doing this can be found on my wesite
www.houdinitools.com/HT_HDK_RBFmorpher.html if you fancy playing around
with it yourself in Houdini...


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[mailto:sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com] On Behalf Of Lisa
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Subject: [Sidefx-houdini-list] Re-using facial rigs

I saw a talk the other day given by Veronica Costa Orvalho about re- 
using facial rigs for other characters. She presented a sketch at  
Siggraph on the topic which was her PhD thesis. It was very  
interesting work. She currently has a company that acts as a service  
bureau that will take in one fully rigged character with blendshapes  
and apply that to numerous other characters where only a mesh needs  
to be provided for the new character. It did a really nice job of  
retargeting everything for very disparate looking characters.  
Currently this only works for Maya, but you can still use her service  
for blendshapes creation by providing all the files in .obj format.

She mentioned that for one client she was able to rig and create  
blendshapes for 3 new characters in one day. She's not interested in  
selling software, but is willing to work with companies to set up a  
system for them that they would maintain themselves. It seems like an  
enormous time saver and artists can still add to the blendshapes  
created to make it more unique if needed.



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