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EasyCap Studio's 'Facemotion' technology
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:49

EasyCap Studios has a specialized technology called Facemotion. It's an easy-to-use facial motion capture system, which produces some pretty impressive results.

EasyCap has made it possible to use their system with lower hardware requirements, getting professional quality facial mocap animation at a lower price point than before, including recording rates of 100 frames per second among many other high end features.

Here's a demonstration of Facemotion in action. It's a bit surreal watching the actor and following her facial movements while they're replicated in real time on the animated character. For more info on Facemotion follow the link to EasyCap's site. Here's the link to the Forum Topic.

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More Concept Art from 'Pixar's Brave'
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:50

Three weeks ago on September 2, I posted both on AN's homepage and in the Forums the most recent artwork I've been able to find from Pixar's upcoming feature animated film "Brave". Turns out a couple of days after that post, another video was uploaded with even more great artwork to enjoy from this highly anticipated movie. The forum topic has all I've accumulated so far. Brave is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012.

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'Oblivion Island' aka 'Haruka and the Magic Mirror'
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:18

There's so much great animation being produce worldwide, something new comes along every day even though it's been out for a while. That's the case with this film, "Oblivion Island" which also goes by the title "Haruka and the Magic Mirror". Adrian Foster brought it to our attention with a topic on the Forums. Oblivion Island is directed by Shinsuke Sato and produced by Production I.G. which premiered their latest film "A Letter to Momo" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend. The film has won several major awards since its release in 2009. Here's a trailer with English subtitles for Oblivion Island.

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Kaeloo - Animated series in France
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 07:06

I discovered an animated TV series that been airing in France since June of last year. It's called "Kaeloo" and it features a frog who turns into something different when things aren't going his way. Created by Rémi Chapotot, designed by Rémi Chapotot and Jean-François Henry and produced by Cube Creative in association with Blue Spirit Animation, Kaeloo looks to be fun with high production standards. Here's an English version of the cartoon. I'll be developing the topic on the AN Forums with more animation from Blue Spirit.

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Netflix announces Qwikster - DVDs and video streaming
Written by Charles   
Monday, 19 September 2011 17:35

AN's webmaster Adrian Foster, whose moniker on the forums is Skynet, has been following developments concerning Netflix over the past few weeks ever since the company announced it was raising its fees. There's been a lot of disappointment in Netflix lately for several reasons, the price increase certainly high among those concerns. Skynet posted a topic about this subject in the Current Events Forum on July 12, 2011 and has been keeping us updated since. He's also added another forum topic today as Netflix announces Qwikster, a new aspect to their operations. So Netflix will be video streaming only, and Qwikster will handle DVD rentals. Skynet also explains some of the problems users may encounter with their streaming service. Here's a video released today of the founder of Netflix explaining what their customers can expect from the changes they've made, and apologizing for the miscommunication involved in their recent price increase.

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