DAZ Studio 4.5 is available

DAZ Studio 4.5 has been released, but only as a “release candidate”. Possibly an important new feature for iClone users is that…

“FBX files can now be round-tripped through DAZ Studio, including rigged and animated items in the scene.”

I’m not sure, but “round-tripped” sounds like you can now import FBX, change and tweak in DAZ Studio, then export the character or prop as FBX?

New Kinect drivers add facial tracking

Microsoft has added face tracking capabilities to Kinect for Windows, through the new May 2012 software update. From the official Kinect blog

“Face Tracking Capabilities:

Makes it possible to fit a 3D mesh to users’ faces and track their facial features and head position in real time using components from the Developer Toolkit. In addition, newly added joint orientation information for skeletons is ideal for avatar animation scenarios and simple pose detection.”

Skeletal tracking (seated and standing) and speech recognition are also tweaked for improvements.

Creeper

Creeper is a cool 3DXchange 5 freebie from Wolf, as part of the Wolf & Dulci Hour show on 7th May 2012. MP3 download listeners can also get the freebie by listening out for the “phrase that pays” in the show, and then emailing it to Wolf.

The Creeper character bypasses the pretty major problem that 3DXchange 5 can’t yet handle facial rigging, by having a character that doesn’t require it…

Having recently enjoyed John Carter of Mars, I’m currently enamored of creatures than have four or six arms… 🙂