from Tokyo, has been working on a TV series airing
several times a week on Nippon Television Network named
The Leaders Of The World. Featuring 200 CG
caricatures of the world leaders such as Barack Obama,
Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy. So far, more than 190
short episodes of this humorous CG animated series have
been produced using Autodesk Softimage.
project is based on creating an animation from the daily
news." explained Masuda Eiko, from Genseisha.
"Since the animation is on air on the evening news
program, the whole production is completed within about
5 hours, from modeling to compositing and including
reveals: "Each character’s face is rigged with bones
and custom parameters in order to be ready for the
animators to use. The body animation and the facial
expression (other than the lip sync) are all manually keyframed by the animators, We are using
Voice-O-Matic to speed up the lip sync process. We
started with US President Obama's inauguration speech
Voice-O-Maticautomates lip sync animations with any 3D character rig in any
language and help reduce production time drastically.
Voice-O-Matic from Di-O-Matic is available as plug-in
for Autodesk 3ds max, Autodesk Maya as well as Autodesk
"Since there is never a time when a character speaks
without emotion, additional 'acting' was needed in
addition to the lip sync. Which included tweaking the
overall shapes and animation curves as well as animating
eyes and eyebrows. Our criteria for choosing Voice-O-Matic
were quality, flexibility and cost efficiency. It was
also very important for us to easily implement Voice-O-Matic
within our existing production pipeline." reveals
YouTube channel featuring all episodes is available
for your viewing pleasure.
addition to Voice-O-Matic, Genseisha has also recently
acquired Facial Studio (Windows Edition) from Di-O-Matic.
"Facial Studio helps us speed up character modeling.
Because of the tight schedule of daily broadcasting on
the nightly news program, reducing the time on
pre-production allows the animators to take more time
and improve the quality of the animations we produce."
Di-O-Matic technologies once again proved their
reliability in production, this time as a key component
of the facial animation pipeline of The Leaders of
the World tv series produced in Japan at Genseisha.