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Don’t Believe Everything You See On TV: “Real-time” Facial Reenactments

“Don’t believe everything [or anything] you read” may be more appropriate now than ever.  As reported by Zerohedge, a recently published paper by the Stanford lab of Matthias Niessner  “shows how disturbingly easy it is to take a surrogate actor and, in real time using everyday available tools, reenact their face and create the illusion that someone else, notably someone famous or important, is speaking. Even more disturbing: one doesn’t need sophisticated equipment to create a “talking” clone – a commodity webcam and some software is all one needs to create the greatest of sensory manipulations.”

From the Stanford lab: “We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion.”

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