L.A Noire Video Showcases Outstanding Facial Animation

By Colin Tan on December 17, 2010, 1:06AM EDT

Rockstar's released a new video showcasing the technology behind L.A Noire's unbelievably amazing facial animation. If you thought Heavy Rain was good, just wait til you see this video.

Both cast and crew discuss about the new technology and how it allows them to capture the subtlest of expressions. L.A Noire is a detective thriller and that means questioning suspects and reading their body language is a key aspect in keeping players engaged.

The tech has been dubbed MotionScan by Rockstar, here's a brief note about it,

MotionScan L.A. Noire's Revolutionary Technology

The foundation of L.A. Noire is a brand new technology called MotionScan that enables us to capture and scan every nuance of a real actor's facial performances and put them right into the game itself. It provides a level of realism, detail, performance and emotion never seen before in a videogame, and brings them to life in a totally new way.

This goes beyond the limited grid of data points delivered by traditional motion capture - these are the actual performances themselves, scanned and placed onto our digital characters. This marriage of gameplay and technology allows players for the first time ever to truly feel like a detective, reading the emotional behavior of every character.

Furthermore, MotionScan lends itself perfectly to this type of game: one that focuses on characters and performances where everyone has something to hide.

Quick Facts About MotionScan

MotionScan is a new performance capture technology and an alternative to traditional motion capture.

MotionScan utilizes 32 high-definition cameras that completely surround the actor and capture the performance in 3D at 30 frames-per-second.

MotionScan is a technology provided by Depth Analysis, a sister company to Team Bondi and part of a special partnership with Rockstar Games.

Every character in L.A. Noire uses MotionScan technology and over 400 actors were filmed making the game.

L.A. Noire will be the first video game ever to utilize MotionScan technology.

Here's the video,

Source: CVG

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