KeenTools 2021.1 With ARKit-compatible and FACS blendshapes


KeenTools has now come with the new update 2021.1. With built-in ARKit-compatible FACS blendshapes, improved FaceTracker, and Nuke Indie support.

New KeenTools FaceBuilder has got built-on FACS blendshapes for head animation as well as Live Link Face app support for importing recorded facial expressions. The topology was fixed in terms of symmetry and upgraded with three different resolutions: high-, mid-and low-poly. Facial expressions of FaceTracker were significantly improved. And finally, KeenTools plugins are now available for Nuke.

KeenTools 2021.1 FACS blendshapes for head animation as well as Live Link Face app

Developers brought long-awaited built-in FACS blendshapes to FaceBuilder for Blender.  Now you can animate the add-on heads with 51 of them. Thanks to ARKit-compatibility, now it’s possible to use Epic Games’ Live Link Face iOS app to record facial animation, export it into a CSV file, and load it into the add-on — FaceBuilder head will be animated with the recorded expressions. This works with iOS devices equipped with the TrueDeph camera, meaning iPhone X and newer models.

The new update of KeenTools 2021 fixed the symmetry in the head topology and shape, also improving the neck it’s now easy to attach the head to a body. KeenTools 2021.1 added two useful head resolutions:low-poly and mid-poly including high-poly. Switch them before and after modeling, grabbing texture, and animating without losing anything. According to the KeenTools team, low- and mid-poly modes will be especially useful for game development — export has been simplified. So now users only need to press the Save button and then load the model in Unreal Engine or Unity with animation and texture included.

KeenTools FaceBuilder has got the same updates

Nuke users will find most of these features in Nuke as well. FaceBuilder has got the same updates as for Blender except for the FACS blendshapes story it’s better topology (symmetry & neck) and three head resolutions you can switch on the fly.

Regarding FACS blendshapes, the FaceTracker node can export a Live Link Face compatible CSV file with all the tracked animation. So it’s now easier to transfer the animation to a different model — just create ARKit-compatible blendshapes and use the CSV file to animate them. FaceTracker has also got a completely new deformation model, which is much more flexible, natural, and supports asymmetrical expressions. And finally, KeenTools is now available in Nuke Indie starting from the 12.2v4 version of Nuke.

You can download KeenTools 2021 updated plugins from the KeenTools website. You can use 30 days of the fully-functional trial.  The KeenTools team makes a Christmas gift for all CG-community and offers a 21% discount coupon for all licenses: 2021FTW. It works until January 1st, 2021.


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