Remedy, the developer behind the likes of Alan Wake and Quantum Break, has teamed up with GPU-maker Nvidia to streamline one of the more costly parts of modern games development: motion capture and animation. As showcased at Siggraph, by using a deep learning neural network—run on Nvidia's costly eight-GPU DGX-1 server, naturally—Remedy was able to feed in videos of actors performing lines, from which the network generated surprisingly sophisticated 3D facial animation. This, according to Remedy and Nvidia, removes the hours of "labour-intensive data conversion and touch-ups" that are typically associated with traditional motion-capture animation. Aside from cost, facial animation, even when motion captured, rarely reaches the same level of fidelity as other animation. That odd, lifeless look seen in even the biggest of blockbuster games often came down to the limits of facial animation. Nvidia and Remedy believe its neural network solution is capable of producing results … [Read more...] about Nvidia and Remedy use neural networks for eerily good facial animation
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Picking the Right Apple Apple recently pared down and tweaked its laptop line, knocking off one popular model family (the straight-up MacBook), simplifying the entry-level model (the MacBook Air), and upping the screen size of its power machine (the larger of the MacBook Pros). That's made buying a new Mac laptop easier in some respects, and more challenging in others. From the powerful MacBook Pro, available in multiple screen sizes, to the slim, efficient MacBook Air, your family choices have been reduced to two (unless you go looking at refurbished, used, or older-gen Mac models). With similar specs and exterior styling across both the Air and the Pro, deciding which one is best for you largely comes down to which size screen you need and how much processing power your typical computing tasks require. Picking between the two families is the easy part. Getting down to the nitty gritty within each family is trickier, though. We'll walk you through all of your MacBook options to help … [Read more...] about MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: Which Should You Buy?