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Text2Video: text-driven facial animation using MPEG-4
Author(s): J. Rurainsky; P. Eisert
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Paper Abstract

We present a complete system for the automatic creation of talking head video sequences from text messages. Our system converts the text into MPEG-4 Facial Animation Parameters and synthetic voice. A user selected 3D character will perform lip movements synchronized to the speech data. The 3D models created from a single image vary from realistic people to cartoon characters. A voice selection for different languages and gender as well as a pitch shift component enables a personalization of the animation. The animation can be shown on different displays and devices ranging from 3GPP players on mobile phones to real-time 3D render engines. Therefore, our system can be used in mobile communication for the conversion of regular SMS messages to MMS animations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5960, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2005, 59601H (24 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.631413
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J. Rurainsky, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications—Heinrich-Hertz Institute (Germany)
P. Eisert, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications—Heinrich-Hertz Institute (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5960:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2005
Shipeng Li; Fernando Pereira; Heung-Yeung Shum; Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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