Epic Games has announced its MetaHuman Creator, “a new graphics tool that will allow anyone to create a bespoke photorealistic digital human – completely made up and complete with hair and clothes – in minutes “, all thanks to the power of the Unreal Engine.
The mouth moving in sync with speech – always the trickiest part – is a clue that these aren’t videos of real people, but the MetaHumans are a clear sign that a bridge is being built across the so-called “Uncanny Valley “, which ideally separates humans and androids.
“Bringing animated digital humans to life in real time is incredibly challenging and time-consuming. It can take months of research, expensive scanning equipment, and an army of tech artists. What if we could make the process radically simpler, faster and more scalable, without compromising on quality? ”
Technological artists listening, are you ready to send your CV to Epic Games? In the meantime, here are some tools that might come in handy to get ready: