Character artists working on games, film, and animation can use Ziva Real-Time to bring highly detailed, ‘offline-quality’ digital characters to real-time environments. Ziva Real-Time’s approach is scalable, and offers an innovative alternative to traditional skinning techniques. Results are fast, retaining the quality of non-real-time character model deformations with small file sizes. It’s ideal for streamlining the character animation process in studios where memory budgets need to be considered.
Ziva Real-Time leverages Machine Learning (ML) to automate the encoding of character and creature rigs for use in many RT3D game engines, such as Unity. Machine Learning accelerates the creation of complex deformation models from training data. A compact .ZRT file is produced for efficient storage and transfer of optimized character deformation data for real-time applications.
Ziva Real-Time addresses several pain points and offers a range of benefits that revolutionize the character animation process:
Ziva Real-Time finds applications in various creative industries, including feature animation, episodic work, visual effects, and game character development.
Real-time games: Game developers can utilize Ziva Real-Time to create highly realistic and dynamic characters that run smoothly in real-time game engines. Whether it's hero characters or background NPCs, Ziva Real-Time offers the opportunity to bring feature-rich characters into the interactive gaming world, enhancing player immersion.
Episodic animation: Animators working on episodic animated series can leverage Ziva Real-Time to streamline their workflows and help them meet demanding production schedules. With real-time character performances that maintain high visual fidelity, animators can achieve exceptional results while optimizing production efficiency.
Visual effects: Ziva Real-Time enables visual effects artists to incorporate real-time character performances seamlessly into their VFX shots. By achieving simulation-quality deformations in real-time, artists can create dynamic and immersive visual effects that enhance the cinematic experience.
The workflow of Ziva Real-Time revolves around creating, training, encoding, and deploying character rigs. Artists can build character rigs using familiar tools and techniques, such as Ziva VFX or traditional rigging methods tailored to their specific performance requirements. Once the rig is set up, Ziva Real-Time leverages ML algorithms to analyze the character's shape-deformation and movement data, creating highly efficient and optimized animated rigs. It then saves the deformations in its proprietary “ZRT” file format. The goal is to create a character rig that looks and feels exactly how you want it to, without worrying about performance or platform limitations.
For more information and a free trial of Ziva Real-Time, visit the product page.