Category Archive : animation

Learn How To Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effects

The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat Joshua Noel

If you are eager to learn more about After Effects, this tutorial will help jump-start your next 2D motion graphics project.

Create a Star Wars-Inspired Opening Title in Adobe After Effects

The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat Joshua Noel

In this video tutorial, learn how you can quickly and easily create a Star Wars-inspired opening title using Adobe After Effects.

Animate Your Text with Handwriting Motion Graphics

The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat Joshua Noel

Grab a pen and learn how to easily animate text in your next project with this handwriting effect in Adobe After Effects.

Create and Composite Sci-Fi UI Graphics in After Effects + FREE Assets

The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat Joshua Noel

Bring your sci-fi film to life by designing, animating, and compositing UI elements in After Effects with this video tutorial.

This Tech Can Turn Portraits Into Photo-Realistic Videos of Facial Expressions

PetaPixel Will Nicholls

Researchers at Facebook and Tel Aviv University in Israel have teamed up to bring your selfies to “life.” Using a single still photo of a person’s face, their new technology is able to animate it and introduce different expressions.

The study has developed a technique that will “automatically animate” a still portrait, even a painting, creating various emotions that were not present in the original single frame.

Using a “driving video” (a video of someone performing different expressions), the technology replicates the expressions it observes onto the still image it is provided with.

It works by warping areas of the image in a 2-dimensional space, while also adding fine-scale “dynamic details” that make the animation much more realistic. Such details include creases in the skin and wrinkles.

It’s even capable of reproducing “hidden features” (such as teeth) that might be obscured from view in the original photo. These are “transferred” from the driving video.

What use is there for this technology, you may be asking? Well, with Facebook’s involvement, it is quite possible that users will be able to animate their profile picture and cause it to react to stimuli on the social network at some point in the future.

The team has released a 4.5-minute video that outlines the research and what their new technology can achieve:

(via Tel Aviv University via Engadget)

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