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You’ve found YerFace, the stupid facial performance capture engine for cartoon animation. It is presently in active development to support the production goals of Markley Bros. Entertainment.

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  • Announcing Release 0.2.3

    Hey all! I’m happy to announce the latest release of YerFace!, 0.2.3 is now available along with experimental binaries!

    I would not consider this release to be “stable” (by whatever definition of “stable” you use), but it is definitely usable. In fact, we have been using it at a rapidly increasing pace over at Markley Bros. Entertainment to power all of our character animation.

    (click to read more…)

  • Returning to Ohio LinuxFest in 2019

    Exciting news!

    I’ve been invited to speak again this year at Ohio LinuxFest! The talk is called YerFace! From Computer Vision to Cartoon Animation and the abstract is as follows:

    This is the story of our ongoing quest to convert regular webcam video to CGI cartoon animation, suitable for production use, using only Open Source software! Come hear the war stories, stay for the live cartoon character demo!

    Now if you heard last year’s talk you may be tempted to skip out – but wait! This year there’s a lot of new stuff to talk about. Development on the project has only accelerated, and the vision for the future is clearer than ever!

    Update October 19th: The Ohio LinuxFest schedule has been released! Looks like I am speaking at 1PM Eastern (just after lunch). See you there!

    We’ll also be in the Expo hall running a live demo for most of the day on Saturday, so come out and say hi!

  • Introducing Gamepad Support!

    It’s a whole new dimension of expressiveness!

    Over the past many weeks, I’ve been hard at work on something I’m very excited to announce: Preliminary Gamepad Support in YerFace!!

    Check it out:

    As you can see in the above video, introducing Gamepad support has given our performers a whole new level of control over the character, providing more interactivity with the audience and a more lively result. The resulting animation works equally well for live performances as it does in the studio.

    With this latest development, we’ve kind of stumbled into something of a digital puppetry application, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

    Thanks, –Alex

  • Another Production Success Story

    This weekend we released our second short film powered by YerFace! called The Egg of Dismay. As before, YerFace! was used to drive all of the automated facial animation and lip synchronization. Check it out!

    This is a really exciting step for us, because this second episode was produced in only six months (compared to roughly two years for the previous one), and that included some software development cycles for improvements to the YerFace! project.

    Hopefully we can cut down the lead time for the next episode even further!

  • Experimental Binary Downloads Available

    Hey all! I’m pleased to report that experimental binary downloads of YerFace! are now available for Linux and Windows.

    The usual caveats and disclaimers apply. In particular, the Windows build might be pretty rough around the edges. I haven’t had a lot of time to put it through its paces, but it seems like it might be a lot less performant than the Linux build.

    Also, if you are expecting a GUI…? Lolno. At this point the only available interface is the command line. So even on Windows, try executing yer-face.exe --help from something like Powershell.

    As usual, please check the documentation and open a Github issue if you run into any trouble.

    Thanks! –Alex

  • YerFace Officially In Production!

    After over a year of work, I’m absolutely confident that YerFace! has reached MVP. How do I know this?

    We just released our first CGI cartoon which used YerFace! for all of the facial animation! Check it out:

  • Video from Columbus Code Camp 2018!

    As mentioned before, we were delighted to be invited to speak at Columbus Code Camp last week. It was so much fun, and the video turned out great (despite a couple of minor hiccups)! Check it out…

  • Blender Plugin Open Sourced!

    As I promised at Ohio LinuxFest on Saturday, I have released and open sourced the YerFace Blender Plugin for anyone to use and improve!

    It’s still rather simple, and needs a few improvements, but it does work. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  • Columbus Code Camp 2018

    Good afternoon all! I’m really excited to announce that my presentation about YerFace! has been selected for Columbus Code Camp 2018!

    I’ll be speaking on October 27th, although the precise time is still TBD.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Another Successful Demo

    We had a delightful time at Ohio LinuxFest 2018 yesterday! Not only did we get to share about the YerFace project, but we also managed to pull off another live animation demo which was incredibly cool.

    Thanks again to everybody who created this opportunity for us and helped make it a success.

    The session was video recorded, but unfortunately it might not have turned out the way we hoped. If we get it together and it turns out to be presentable, we’ll post it.

  • See You @ Ohio LinuxFest 2018!

    Hey all! So excited to announce that my presentation about YerFace! has been selected for Ohio LinuxFest 2018!

    See you there!

  • Great Reception at PillarCon 2018!

    I was honored last week to have the opportunity to speak at PillarCon 2018. I spoke about the story behind YerFace, shared about some of the technical challenges the project has encountered thus far, and even did a live demo featuring our favorite fuzzy round MBE character! Check it out…

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