Computer Animation (1999)
May 26, 1999 to May 28, 1999
Won-Sook Lee , MIRALab, CUI, University of Geneva
Marc Escher , MIRALab, CUI, University of Geneva
Gael Sannier , MIRALab, CUI, University of Geneva
Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann , MIRALab, CUI, University of Geneva
MPEG-4 is scheduled to become an International Standard in March 1999. This paper demonstrates an experiment for a virtual cloning method and animation system, which is compatible with the MPEG-4 standard facial object specification. Our method uses orthogonal photos (front and side view) as input and reconstructs the 3D facial model. The method is based on extracting MPEG-4 face definition parameters (FDP) from photos, which initializes a custom face in a more capable interface, and deforming a generic model. Texture mapping is employed using an image composed of the two orthogonal images, which is done completely automatically. A reconstructed head can be animated immediately inside our animation system, which is adapted to the MPEG-4 standard specification of face animation parameters (FAP). The result is integrated into our virtual human director (VHD) system.
G. Sannier, N. Magnenat-Thalmann, W. Lee and M. Escher, "MPEG-4 Compatible Faces from Orthogonal Photos," Computer Animation(CA), Geneva, Switzerland, 1999, pp. 186.