Chapter13.Facial Animation Setup


Chapter 13. Facial Animation Setup

CD Files

Kila_Combined.mb

Kila_FaceBind.mb

Kila_FaceRig_BS.mb

Kila_FaceRig_Jnt.mb

Kila_FaceWeight.mb

Kila_MainRig.mb

Grae_Combined.mb

Grae_FaceBind.mb

Grae_FaceRig_BS.mb

Grae_FaceRig_Jnt.mb

Grae_FaceWeight.mb

Grae_MainRig.mb

KilaBody.tga

KilaHair.tga

KilaHead.tga

GraeBody.tga

GraeMisc.tga

GraeWing.tga

GraeBody_Bump.tga

GraeMisc_Bump.tga

GraeBody_Spec.tga

GraeMisc_Spec.tga

WITH EACH GENERATION of hardware comes more scope for graphical detail. Facial animation is fast becoming a major element of video games; characters can not only speak but also express emotions. It used to be that a simple joint acting as a jaw was enough. This allowed the character's mouth to open and close, but the illusion failed to bring the character to life; instead, it looked more like a puppet.

Two of the most popular methods today of real-time facial animation use either joints or blend shapes. Joint-based animation simply uses a series of joints placed around the face that, when moved, serve to animate the character's face. Blend shapes, or morph targets, use duplicates of the face as a reference. The main face then morphs into the vertex-modified reference shapes.

This chapter demonstrates how to set up your characters using joints and using blend shapes, so that you can make up your own mind about which one to use in a particular situation.

Your choice will depend heavily on the game engine, so consult with the lead programmer first before embarking on a particular method. In addition, discuss the matter with your manager before you start work. Find out exactly what the character will need to do. If all it will ever do is blink, then there is no need to spend time creating multiple face shapes.



    Game Character Development with Maya
    Game Character Development with Maya
    ISBN: 073571438X
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2004
    Pages: 169
    Authors: Antony Ward

    Similar book on Amazon

    flylib.com © 2008-2017.
    If you may any questions please contact us: flylib@qtcs.net