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February 10, 2021.

MetaHuman Creator

MetaHuman Creator.

MetaHuman. © Epic Games.

Epic Games provided a sneak peek at an impressive new software tool called MetaHuman Creator that lets you easily craft and animate highly realistic human faces. And this powerful tool, powered by Unreal Engine, works inside a web browser! “Up until now one of the most arduous tasks in 3D content creation has been constructing truly convincing digital humans. Even the most experienced artists require significant amounts of time, effort, and equipment, just for one character,” said Vladimir Mastilovic, Epic’s vice president of digital humans technology, in a statement. The company is pleased to offer new tools that make it so much easier to create digital humans. The MetaHuman program isn’t just for video game development; it can also be used by film and television for digital special effects, a field in which Unreal Engine is gaining ground, for example for the sets in The Mandalorian. The interface in the video below really looks like what we’d expect of a tool to create characters in a game like Cyberpunk 2077. The characters are broken down by individual, customizable characteristics, like eyes, hair, skin, body, etc. Epic hasn’t given an availability date, but it should be this year.

YouTube, “MetaHuman Creator: High-Fidelity Digital Humans Made Easy | Unreal Engine.”

YouTube, “Meet the MetaHumans: Free Sample Now Available | Unreal Engine.”

The Verge, Nick Statt, “Epic’s new MetaHuman tool lets you craft realistic faces inside a browser.”

IGN, Matt T.M. Kim, “Epic Games’ new MetaHuman Creator helps devs create characters.”

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