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Digital Face-Swapping Getting Cheaper

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the video-evidence-soon-to-be-inadmissible dept.

Movies 62

Zothecula writes "If you've seen the film The Social Network, then you might have wondered about the identical Winklevoss twins — were a real-life pair of twins cast for the roles, or was it a bit of Hollywood magic? Well, it was magic. Although two different actors' bodies were used, their faces both belonged to actor Armie Hammer. After the movie was shot, the body double's face was digitally replaced with Armie's. While such computer-enabled face-swapping trickery has so far been available only to feature film-makers with deep pockets, that could be about to change, thanks to research being conducted at Harvard University (PDF)."

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Excellent (5, Funny)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272148)

I invoke rule 34

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272194)

Why, so that you can have porn of you going and f--, oh forget it.

Re:Excellent (1)

Aerorae (1941752) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272232)

thank god I'm not the only one who thought that!

Re:Excellent (4, Funny)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272286)

I find it interesting that you are thankful that you are included among the people who did think of that...

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272398)

He already though of it, so it was too late to un-think it; at that point his only hope was that other people are as sick as he is. :-)

Re:Excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38342276)

Think of what? Actually, I probably don't want to know.

Re:Excellent (2)

duguk (589689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272502)

Try Charlie Brooker's new drama; Black Mirror [channel4.com] .

Even tries to feature this face-swapping technique. And it involves the Prime Minister and an animal. I'll say no more.

Hopefully someone else has already seen it, think it'd be very appropriate for /.

Re:Excellent (1)

Nick Fel (1320709) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272670)

Hah. I saw this headline and immediately thought the same thing.

Re:Excellent (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272740)

I initially read the title as "digital face sitting', thought they had augmented cyberskin robotics with taste and odor transmission. ah well, some day we'll dine at the digital Y

Re:Excellent (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272924)

Obviously this is going to be used... for... Oh drat. Never mind.

Well, this is a game changer! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272168)

It changes everything! Is that enough hyperbole yet? Why, we'll colonize the universe in no time now!

Re:Well, this is a game changer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272762)

Well I'm sure it changes quite a lot in the movie industry, at least.
Now you can hire some cheap no-name to do all that tedious acting, and then paste in the face of a celebrity to pull the crowds. The celebrity of course then reaps the fame and exposure.
Though I suppose that's a stopgap until they go all-digital. We already have virtual singer celebrities... It can't be too long until this or that digital actor model is "starring" in a film.

Re:Well, this is a game changer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38273804)

It's even more profitable if you use a still very popular dead actor. Add that profit to the savings from remaking old movies and bang, John Wayne digitally cast to redo all of his old movies at a quarter of the cost to have Jeff Bridges "act."

My parents freaked when they remade True Grit, they'd probably burn down Hollywood if they tried this.

Digital Plastic Surgery (3, Funny)

toejam13 (958243) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272220)

I'm waiting for inexpensive applications for home PCs where you can easily change your appearance, sort of like digital plastic surgery. Want to see what you'd look like with a nose job? How about as the other sex? I would assume something like that would be a heck of a lot more complex than mapping somebody face onto somebody else's head.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272334)

And that's going to be a smartphone app in a few days... unless it exists already. Rule 34.1: Same as 34, but with smartphone apps.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272356)

I'm waiting for inexpensive applications for home PCs where you can easily change your appearance, sort of like digital plastic surgery...

Um, "digital plastic surgery"? That would be called "Photoshop". Just ask any supermodel.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (1)

toejam13 (958243) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272478)

Yeah, but that takes a human artist to manipulate the image. Imagine taking a face, entering a set of modifications, and then having the software do it for you.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (2)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272916)

Yeah, but that takes a human artist to manipulate the image. Imagine taking a face, entering a set of modifications, and then having the software do it for you.

Yeah, now that would be cool. Be one hell of an anti-drug ad to show people their simulated face of meth.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272948)

This is going to totally change online dating... Not in a good way.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38342392)

It could improve cyber-sex though. Well so long as you never get round to meeting the other person IRL and having you're illusions shattered.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38273076)

There's another sex?

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38276270)

http://vimeo.com/26193010
done, but requires UI glue.

Re:Digital Plastic Surgery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38277278)

Have you seen Portrait Professional? It automates face touch up. And if you want to swap gender, just choose the opposite gender after loading a picture. Demo available on the website.

The Truth about Slashdot! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272224)

I submit David Hasselhoff is the AntiChrist

And I have the proof

How can one explain the phenomenal global success of one of this country's least talented individuals? There are only three ways.

        * Mr. Hasselhoff actually is talented, but this goes unnoticed in his own country.

        * Mr. Hasselhoff has sold his soul to Satan in return for global success.

        * David Hasselhoff is the AntiChrist.

            I vote for the latter -- and perhaps, after seeing the facts involved, the rest of the world will agree.

The Facts First, the obvious. Add a little beard and a couple of horns -- David Hasselhoff looks like the Devil, doesn't he? And the letters in his name can be rearranged to spell
fad of devil's hash.

What does this mean? Well, Baywatch is David's fad. David is the devil. The Hash is what makes Knight Rider popular in Amsterdam.

(I was actually hoping to make the letters in his name spell out he is of the devil, which would be possible if his middle name was "Ethesis," which it might be. I'm sure his publicist would hide such a middle name if it were true.)

Second -- and most importantly -- David Hasselhoff and his television series were foretold in the Bible. Biblical scholars worldwide may quibble over interpretations, but they all agree on this. For a few telling examples let's skip to the end of the Bible. If any book of the Bible will tell us who the AntiChrist is, it's the Revelation of Saint John, which basically describes the AntiChrist and the Armageddon He causes. I'll just give you the verse, and the current theological interpretation of that verse.

Who is the Beast?

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns The Beast, of course, is David Hasselhoff. The Heads are His separate television incarnations. Young and the Restless, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, Knight Rider, Terror at London Bridge, Ring of the Musketeers, Baywatch and Baywatch Nights.
The ten horns represent His musical releases: Crazy For You, David, David Hasselhoff, Do You Love Me?, Du, Everybody Sunshine, I Believe, Looking For Freedom, Night Lover and Night Rockers.
Not only does Mitch The Lifeguard literally "rise out of the sea" on Baywatch, but David's musical career has mostly occurred in Europe, a metaphoric rise to fame from across the sea.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Of course, this is a reference to his third head: Knight of the Phoenix, the first episode of Knight Rider. In this episode, "Michael Long, a policeman, is shot and left for dead. The shot is deflected by a plate in his head, but ruins his face. He is saved and his face reconstructed. He is reluctant, but agrees to use K.I.T.T. to help the Foundation for Law and Government fight criminals who are 'beyond the reach of the law'. " Knight Rider has been shown in 82 countries.
Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. The following blasphemies are actual quotes from David Hasselhoff -- I read these while he was 42 years old.

"I'm good-looking, and I make a lot of money."

"There are many dying children out there whose last wish is to meet me."

"I'm six foot four, an all-American guy, and handsome and talented as well!"

"Before long, I'll have my own channel -- I'll be like Barney."

"(Baywatch) is responsible for a lot of world peace." which the Hoff said at the Bollywood Oscars. Don't believe me? Read the original article!

And here's a blasphemy that came from David's recent (Feb 2004) visit to the Berlin Wall museum. I couldn't have made something this great up by myself. He was upset that the museum didn't spend more time devoted to his personal role in the fall of Communism. You can read more about it here, if you don't believe me.

The Second Beast: Television

Rev 13:11-13And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

        The Second Beast, with it's dual antennae, is obviously the Television -- merely a pawn in Hasselhoff's underworldly regime. His stereo speaker (the dragon's voice) spews forth the blasphemy of Baywatch until He has caused all people of the earth to worship and watch Baywatch and Baywatch Nights. How well has he done? Baywatch is now seen by about one billion viewers in 140 countries -- the most watched series ever.

You probably never knew this, but the entire historical purpose of television has been to attract a worldwide audience for the eventual syndication of Baywatch. And how does it accomplish this global distribution? Via satellite - from heaven to the Earth.

Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. How does television work? By giving life unto Hasselhoff's image. I'm pretty sure the second part hasn't happened yet.

Lifeguards: Denizens of the Underworld

These biblical revelations will show that the lifeguards on Baywatch are foretold as servants of the Devil. (Need I say who that is again?)

Rev 20:11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them

Rev 20:13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them...

        Doesn't this sound like an exact description of what the lifeguards on Baywatch do? They sit on their big white wooden throne, and watch out over the sea -- waiting for a dying person to get cast up.
Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek to find death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

        One word: CPR

Rev 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, Sounds like a lifeguard, eh? Standing on the beach reading a paperback?

Rev 17:3-5 ...and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

    and if that wasn't enough, try
Ezekiel 23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

        The fabled "Whore of Babylon." Well, people have been calling Hollywood "Babylon" since long before I was making web pages. And of all the women in Hollywood, whose wedding night video is the most popular? Hmmm.... Did someone say "Barb Wire?"

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more Do you know any merchants who invested heavily in the acting career of this "whore of Babylon?" I've seen that "VIP" show of hers, and I'd be weeping if I had spent money on the merchandising rights.

Rev. 18:21 ... a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea,...

        Speaking of lifeguards chucking rocks at innocent people, listen to this excerpt from a recent lawsuit against his Hasselness: "while Plaintiff was in the audience of the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Defendandt DAVID HASSELHOFF came on stage and threw a stack of cards depicting himself into the audience, striking Plaintiff in the eye. . . [he] should have known that throwing cards into an audience could cause injury to the audience."

Rev 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. He stands to lose money in this lawsuit -- or maybe even all those dainty and goodly things he bought.

The Number of the Beast

The Bible shows us another way to prove a person is the AntiChrist, namely through numerology. Rev 13:18 says: "Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

That's a bit cryptic, to be sure. One score is twenty, so threescore is 60, the number of the beast is 666.

Now, the way biblical scholars and numerologists usually convert the names of men into their numbers is through a simple numerical code. Let's assign the 26 letters of the alphabet the numbers 1 through 26. It looks like this:

a 1 i 9 q 17 y 25

b 2 j 10 r 18 z 26

c 3 k 11 s 19

d 4 l 12 t 20

e 5 m 13 u 21

f 6 n 14 v 22

g 7 o 15 w 23

h 8 p 16 x 24

Now, we take the letters from Mr. Hasselhoff's name, assign numbers to them, and calculate his number.

D A V I D H A S S E L H O F F

4 1 22 9 4 8 1 19 19 5 12 8 15 6 6

Now, since thirteen is such a fitting number for evil, let's multiply the first 13 numbers together. The total (65,874,124,800) is approximately 6.6 billion. Tack on the remaining 6's from the end of his name, and you've got yourself the mark of the beast.

Another tactic you could use would be to add the letters in "David" (I think you should get 40) and the letters in Hasselhoff (99) and then multiply them together. 40 x 99 = 3960. Now, 3960 is 660 x 6. And of course, 660 plus 6 is -- again -- the mark of the beast.

Not enough proof for you? Well, let's see what else the winning combination of the Bible and numerology have in store for David.....

As he explains it in his interview, David Hasselhoff first decided to act at the age of 7 when he saw a local production of Rumplestiltskin. His acting debut was in Peter Pan. Knight Rider ended its run in 1986, when Hasselhoff was 32. Baywatch debuted in 1989, when Hasselhoff was 35. His first televised role was as Snapper Foster on the Young and the Restless at the age of 19. If we look at the 37th chapter of the 19th book of the Bible (Psalms) -- at verses 32 and 35, we notice an interesting phenomenon. Take a look:

32. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

35. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

Viewers of Baywatch may have thought they were watching the good leader Mitch Buchannon -- whose main job as head lifeguard is to watch over the righteous babes at the beach, and save them. According to the Bible, he is really trying to slay them. But can we be sure that the show in question is actually Baywatch? Well, count the number of letters in Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan. 15 and 8, right? Now look at those bible verses again. Find the 15th word of verse 35 - and the 8th word from the end of verse 32. Put them together.

35. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
32. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Re:The Truth about Slashdot! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272236)

DRINK YO PRUNE JUICE

Re:The Truth about Slashdot! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272368)

I got about 2 lines in and decided to go watch a patch install instead.

Augmented reality (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272332)

Well, I can see where this is headed. Once augmented reality becomes commonplace, and everyone is wearing glasses / contacts / implants that enhance and augment vision with information and metadata, people will be able to pay a (probably hefty) sum to the providers, and have their perceived appearance digitally enhanced. Removing wrinkles, coloring hair, shaving off a few pounds, etc.

Re:Augmented reality (1)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272376)

That is what I call the negative future, where we become self absorbed and rot planet side and die off without ever leaving the solar system.

webcam version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272430)

I want to look like Justin Beaver when I visit chatrooms with teen girls...

Re:Augmented reality (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272434)

Well, I can see where this is headed.

>headed

Har har, I see what you did there.

Re:Augmented reality (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38273042)

Well, I can see where this is headed. Once augmented reality becomes commonplace, and everyone is wearing glasses / contacts / implants that enhance and augment vision with information and metadata, people will be able to pay a (probably hefty) sum to the providers, and have their perceived appearance digitally enhanced. Removing wrinkles, coloring hair, shaving off a few pounds, etc.

Er, you can see where this is "headed"? How about where we are today?

Oddly enough, you just described a haunting similarity to many online role-playing games, which players are already paying a "hefty sum to the providers" in order to play their "digitally enhanced" versions of themselves online each month.

And if they're not online pretending, they're watching reality shows, which is yet another shining example of augmented reality...

Re:Augmented reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38274514)

You should read the excellent Golden Age series by John C. Wright for an interesting take on this idea.

Calling George Lucas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272464)

You can finally remove Alec Guinness from your films, as I'm certain you originally intended.

Re:Calling George Lucas... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272598)

FFS, don't give him any ideas!

Re:Calling George Lucas... (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272720)

And any person can now have the head of jarjar binks!

1942's "Pride of the Yankees" did it better (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272742)

That's not nearly as creative as 1942's classic "Pride of the Yankees." Gary Cooper, who played Lou Gehrig, was right handed. Gehrig, of course, was lefty. But to have Cooper bat from the left side as a righty would be clearly obvious because it would look unnatural. Instead, he batted righty with his uniform number 3 sewed backwards on his jersey. He then hit the ball and ran to third base instead of first. Then, the studio just flopped the film. Now that's CREATIVE! vs. today's digital magic.

George Lucas is said to be interested (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38272836)

Apparently he has always dreamed of digitally face swapping Han Solo and Greedo's faces if technology ever advanced to that point.

End of Time (1)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272862)

I just watched the Doctor Who 2009 Christmas special called The End of Time [wikipedia.org] last night. There were probably at least 50 actors/actresses who all had their head replaced by that of The Master. Even Barack Obama (a semi-prominent character in this episode) had his head replaced by that of The Master.

If only the BBC team had had this technology available, those characters could have actually turned their heads, instead of staring directly at the camera during these scenes. Oh well, it is this cheesieness that make Doctor Who what it is!

Re:End of Time (1)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 2 years ago | (#38274210)

Except that this technology doesn't help with head turning either.

Real Twins? (3, Funny)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272878)

Why not use real twins? Seems like it would be cheaper and easier to apply some SNL makeup magic to a set of real twins to make them look the part instead of doing a bunch of digital post processing.

Re:Real Twins? (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 2 years ago | (#38273364)

Why? Because the number of twins that are (both) also professional actors and are the right age/build/look is a frighteningly small set. A decade ago they would have just used camera trickery and filmed everything twice to double the one actor. Now, shooting everything once and swapping the face saves them lots of money, if only because filming time is crazy expensive.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny de Vito (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38277394)

Done. What next, boss?

Re:Real Twins? (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38280610)

Next up, swapping a high salary actor with a cheap body double and some software.

Re:Real Twins? (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#38274040)

Now try to find hot twins who will have sex with each other....

Re:Real Twins? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38276426)

There are websites that have this sort of thing.... Me likie.....

Re:Real Twins? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38274156)

You know a lot of 6'5" twins that both spend a ton of time in the gym?

Can't wait for the App (1)

milbournosphere (1273186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38272998)

"Hey guys, guess who made out with Angelina Jolie last night!"

Re:Can't wait for the App (1)

korean.ian (1264578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38275372)

Angelina Jolie?

I didn't. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38273012)

then you might have wondered about the identical Winklevoss twins

I did not.

Here's a version with source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38273250)

An example with a 'scramble suit' effect:
http://vimeo.com/29391633

Source:
https://github.com/arturoc/FaceSubstitution

No more drugs for that man! (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#38273352)

I'd like to take his face ........ off!

What *I* Wanna Know (1)

bratwiz (635601) | more than 2 years ago | (#38273492)

What *I* wanna know is how they managed to make Danny De-Vito and Arnold Schwarzenegger look so much alike in that movie "Twins" ??? The resemblance was so real it was spooky!

Just think... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#38273680)

With this technique we could get all new episodes of Gilligan's Island and Hogan's Heroes. And we could put the original Darrin into all the Dick Sargent episodes of Bewitched. Imagine the possibilities!

Re:Just think... (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38280638)

Was there not a commercial or two made a few years back that had John Wayne in them?

I am still waiting for Hollywood to pull a agent Smith on all the actors of a movie, or even to archive their digital likeness for future use...

Syndication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38273892)

This will be a game changer for international syndication of content. Produce a movie in one language then use CGI to replace the moving lips and facial expressions. Computation can also be used to synthesize the voices in other languages with appropriate inflection. At a some point, producing a movie in all languages becomes a trivial computational task.

Black Swan is a good example... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38275578)

Low budget ($13 million) movie that included over 300 VFX shots. Portman and Kunis had real ballerinas as body doubles to dance most of the difficult stuff. Their faces were digitally transferred via VFX processes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n71sjmd-bM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drS0XgRdlQc

Remember "Kung Pow"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38275868)

Same method used. The lead's head was superimposed on the original actor's body.

Parent Trappings (1)

slashdotresearch_mj (2463842) | more than 2 years ago | (#38276008)

This would have saved 11 year old Lindsay Lohan a lot of work. However current Lindsay Lohan would probably just use it to buy crack.

Yay! Laughing Man! (1)

Deliveranc3 (629997) | more than 2 years ago | (#38276952)

Anonymous is gonna LOVE this!

Re:Yay! Laughing Man! (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38280772)

Digital Guy Fawkes?

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