What cost film studios millions of dollars can now be made with just an iPhone X and few extra costs

What cost film studios millions of dollars can now be made with just an iPhone X and few extra costs
What used to cost millions of dollars and was possible only in special movie studios can now be done with just an iPhone X and a few extra costs.

A brilliant illustration by KNL Studios shows how you can use a cheap body mockup model and body trackers with an iPhone X to achieve impressively accurate virtual avatar of your own self.

The technology is possible thanks to the Face ID camera in the iPhone X and below you can see a demonstration of the avatar in action, plus you can see the somewhat crazy mounts and gear used. It's mind-boggling to see that you can do such accurate models with the help of a phone.

What character would you choose to be and what story would you tell? 

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1. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Can this be done with smartphones other than the iPhone X?

11. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Yes, i have scanner 3d creator in my xperia xzp + shadow app

15. bungid

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

ah its only change the head

16. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

and the body, apart you have stickers, arr effect etc. is the same as this but different app, good 3d creator is better scans you without so much apparatus

20. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

PhoneArena really?!? Do you think that now Hollywood will star buying iPhones instead to make all 3D animation on SGI? Do you even know what is SGI? LAMERS!

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Obviously the film studios need to upgrade their equipment...lol.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You could hide parts of the iPhone X Face is cameras and it will still work. So you can definitely do this with regular smartphone cameras. It's really up to the software.

19. ahmadkun

Posts: 611; Member since: May 02, 2016

it Could be done inside of after effects ! using any phones camera !

2. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

yes that was talked about with animoje being put on iphone 8

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

IPhone X and just few extra costs? Against a million?? Must be quite detailed and smooth like animated movies that costs millions!

4. bungid

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Thats just start. More new idea to come. Face ID this year will much more improvement.

5. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017


6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"What used to cost millions of dollars and was possible only in special movie studios" Comparing these animations with something like War for planet of the Apes or any other movie that relies heavily on CGI is utter BS

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


34. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right.. And it's not like they buy million dollars equipments to make a movie.. Most of those money is for paying actors and staffs..

7. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

How innovative thats what theyll say zzzzzzzzz

8. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

That’s amazing, developers would really taking a benefit from this to make interesting content. But a channel named Phonebucket has uploaded a video.In which we can see the iPhone X unlocking with three peoples at a time.

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This doesn't even remotely come close to what you can do with CGI workstations. LOL. I mean compare the quality of this animation to any movie that uses CGI. The quality of that video above, isn't even as good as the quality of the 3D modeling they did for the characters for Donkey Kong Country https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8zIZrY0tiM This link is to the promo video for the game and it shows how it was made. I still have mine. The quality of your sample above, isn't even equal to what they accomplished on a Silicon Graphics Workstation way back in the 80's when this game came out. LMAO I can say its impressive, but the quality doesn't even equal Toy Story. This website asks, what kind of computer does it take to make a movie like AVATAR: https://www.geek.com/chips/the-computing-power-that-created-avatar-1031232/ In short it says: "The visual effects department at Weta comprises of some major processing power consisting of 34 racks, each with four chassis of 32 machines a piece. The combination of those machines comprises a total of 40,000 processors along with 104 terabytes of memory using 10 GB networking adapters. And if you are wondering what type of computers Weta Digital uses, during an upgrade back in the summer of 2008 their system was rebuilt with over 4,000 HP BL2x220c blade computers." How much you think a computer like this cost? THis would make the $15 camera array on the iPhone look like something you get from a gumball machine. The iPhoen isn' t even a multi-million dollar piece of tech. It is a $400 piece of tech that Apple maybe spent $1M in total R&D to make. You surely can do cool things with the iPhone X's camera array, but I think you are a bit off your rocks to compare it to a multi-million dollar movie. I though Ifans were so smart. I don't understand why Apple fans exaggerate facts. There is no way a $1000 phone can even match a million dollar movie.

14. bungid

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Interesting and how you can make above animation without iPhone X, with price of iPhone X

13. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So you have to buy a $1000 phone and with a few extra costs. Why not say what that extra cost is.

18. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Because he doesn't know what he's talking about. He was going for sensationalism obviously. In the video, the guy is using some cheap 3D rendering application. Its ok for the toy factor. But I don't think it should have been compared with the scale of a major motion picture that costed millions to make. If it was that simple to do such with a $1000 phone, Steve Spielberg, would be able to cut production costs by millions of dollars. Even NASA fake moon landing photos, looked far better. j/k. Oh and yes I do believe that NASA faked one moon landing, until they actually did land on the moon on a later attempt.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A lot more I can tell you. He uses XSens motion sensors and capturing (they are used in the movie business as well) and all the rendering has been done in Autodesk, NOT on the iPhone. It wasn't real time, the iPhone X was only used to capture facial motions.

17. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The article was written by Victor, so that explains a lot To be fair, the graphics shown above, can be done, with software and if you went and just purchase a decent 3D camera for about $3000 and you need a $6000 Workstation like one from Silicon Graphics or a Mac Pro with 4 Professional level GPU's which would cost you $2000 each and fancy software for about $3000, you could make something really great. Or you can just go for the toy factor with the iPhone. Sometimes I think both Alan and Victor just say things to be ridiculed. But I rather just prove you wrong.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Mac Pro doesn't support 4 professional level GPU's, it won't be able to keep the heat down. But I get your point.

24. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

is it doable with any phone and after effect? Yes it is!! but the point isn't that here, the point is any human with no after effect or such software experience can do this on his/her iPhone with minimal time, effort, and experience!

27. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The iPhone X is only doing the face, it's just animoji. The rest, the body and movement is done by the motion tracking suit and sensors, and some very expensive software It's not the phone doing the work. A quality motion tracking suit is very expensive and the sensors and camera's even more. A few extra costs is a very large few extra costs.

32. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I did some research, you don't need a full suit. Back in the 80's when mortal combat was made, they digitized the characters from real people, by having them wear the sensors. But it wasn't a whole suit. It was sensors wired together at specific points of the body. So there was always one at the joints for the purpose of bending and the rest were at the extremities. When you brought them into software, it was a stick figure with a shadow of a person and the sensors lit up as points. Then you can fix the movements by basically dragging the points where you wanted them to be. This is how the finishing moves were created. Once the moves were complete, you would bring the digitized character and place them in the need position to match the area of the dots. So like a raised leg in the kick position was simply draw that way with the art added to the stick figure. It is cool and the fact you can do it with a phone is cool too. I'm only knocking the fact of the claim of being able to be as good as production movie. The problem is, there are some fans who would actually believe that as fact.

33. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The point is he "is" wearing the suit and the phone cannot do what your seeing, all the phone is doing is is the animoji face and even that has been enhanced in rendering. What the phone is capturing is in the bottom right hand corner.

28. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

That looks like an Xsens suit hes wearing, prices for these things are $12,500 - $30,000, depending which model you buy. And thats without any of the other gadgets he's using or software. https://www.xsens.com/products/xsens-mvn-analyze/ Nice PhoneArena, a few extra costs? really!.

30. midan

Posts: 2982; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Hey i'm waiting your answer to honor magic conversation, why so quiet?

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