Image Metrics Launches Facial Animation Technology

Los Angeles-based Image Metrics, a venture-backed developer of facial animation and capture technology, has launched a beta of its products. The firm said yesterday that its new product is targeted at the entertainment industry, and offers studios a way to capture an actor's performance into a CG model. According to Image Metrics, its technology captures an actor's performance on video, and then uses its own proprietary technology to map that performance onto a computer graphics model. The firm said it has opened up a beta to a limited number of participants. Image Metrics is venture backed by Saffron Hill Ventures, and has its R&D headquarters in Manchester, U.K.