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AMD and Mixamo Revolutionize Character Art With World's First Real-Time Facial Capture Technology for the Unity Development

AMD and Mixamo Revolutionize Character Art With World's First Real-Time Facial 
Capture Technology for the Unity Development
Platform 
AMD APUs and GPUs Deliver Advanced Facial Capture to Two Million
Unity Developers 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/28/13 --  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
announced its collaboration with Mixamo on the launch of Face Plus,
an advanced real-time motion capture and 3D facial animation
technology for the Unity game engine (v4.3). Mixamo, an AMD Ventures
portfolio company, provides online 3D animation service for game
developers. Mixamo's Face Plus plug-in for Unity is designed to
enable developers to capture their facial expressions through
standard webcams and transfer them in real time onto a 3D character
using technology powered by AMD A-Series APUs and GPUs(1). This
real-time capture and animation capability is made possible by
offloading Mixamo's innovative and complex algorithms from the CPU
onto AMD's industry-leading GPU technology. 
Face Plus was developed for devices that support OpenCL(TM) 1.1 or
newer versions. Face Plus enables rich, detailed motion capture at
full camera frame rates, including typical standard webcam
conditions, using an AMD APU. It runs optimally on AMD APUs and GPUs;
a system powered by an AMD A10-4600M APU was capable of up to 42
frames-per-second captures in real-time with GPU-acceleration
enabled, a 13X performance improvement when compared to using CPU
processing alone(2). By leveraging the full, massive compute power of
AMD APUs and GPUs, developers can animate 3D characters in real time
allowing for simplified workflows and fewer interruptions in the
creative process. While real-time motion capture of facial
expressions is currently available as a development tool for content
creation, it has the potential to make its way into consumer software
such as video games and video conferencing applications, giving
consumers the opportunity to animate avatars in real time. 
"AMD is impressed with the results Mixamo has achieved in optimizing
its technology and is excited not only about the capabilities it
brings to Unity developers today, but also the potential it could
bring to new consumer applications," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice
president, Heterogeneous Solutions at AMD. "Thanks to incredible
OpenCL performance, broad availability and the capability of AMD APU
and GPU solutions across PC form factors, Unity developers can enjoy
a much more streamlined development process, allowing their
creativity to flow with technology so powerful it recedes into the
background without interrupting the creative process." 
"Mixamo is excited about enabling Unity's growing base of over two
million developers to create even more engaging stories for its games
and movies," said Stefano Corazza, CEO and co-founder of Mixamo.
"With Face Plus, Mixamo leverages mainstream AMD APU-based systems
with simple off-the-shelf webcams to deliver real-time high-fidelity
facial capture and animation for 3D characters. Our main mission is
to democratize 3D character art, and Face Plus takes us one step
further by revolutionizing how game and film developers create
character art and emotional engagement." 
Resources 


 
--  Learn more about Mixamo's technology
--  Read more about Mixamo on AMD Blogs
--  Learn more about Mixamo's Face Plus
--  See competitive results for the Mixamo Face Plus plug-in
--  Learn more about Unplugged, an interactive animated short, using Face
    Plus technology to show emotion in its characters and how developers
    can get access to all the project files
--  Visit AMD AppZone for the best games and apps powered by AMD

  
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tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of
surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize
the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push
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their respective owners. 
1-See www.mixamo.com for system requirements
 2-Tests performed by
AMD. Benchmark and test files provided by Mixamo. Test project
measures the average speed at which the system can apply the Mixamo
facial gesture recognition and animation algorithms using a 480p test
video containing a full range of facial emotions and gestures that is
loaded into system memory to simulate a live video feed from a
standard webcam in an uncontrolled environment. An HP ProBook 6475b
notebook PC with AMD A10-4600M APU with AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7660G
Graphics, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, video driver 9.12.0.0, 12/19/2012,
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
achieved 42 frames per second with GPU acceleration on, 3 frames per
second with GPU acceleration off. TRN-201 
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Contact:
Kristen Lisa
AMD Public Relations
(512) 602-6020
kristen.lisa@amd.com 
 
 
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