Holotech Studios is a Romanian Indie start-up, created by a few game development veterans. It was founded in order to bring affordable, open, High Quality Avatar–Based Communication to the world.
Holotech Studios' main goal is to enable anyone who communicates online, no matter the hardware they are using, to be able to embody high quality digital characters at the press of a button in real time. Its maiden product is FaceRig ( facerig.com ).
FaceRig is a software that allows anyone to embody and animate outstanding real time CG character portraits via motion capture from a webcam stream or via direct pupeteeringcontrols. Become a fierce dragon or a drunken dwarf, your favorite comic hero or something entirely original (that you created) at the press of a button. All done via real time motion and expressions tracking. In a nutshell: ultimate digital shape-shifting powers at everyone’s fingertips.
The program has launched on the Steam digital distribution service in July 2015.
It has also been released on mobile, on both iOS and Android, and it has more than 4 Million downloads on mobile alone.
And the FaceRig Studio version for B2B was released at the end of 2016. FaceRig Studio is a professional software which enables anyone to digitally embody CGI characters using different motion tracking sensors.
The output can be streamed in real time, saved as a movie or exported as .fbx animation. It is meant to be an open creation platform so everybody can make their own characters, backgrounds or props and import them into FaceRig Studio.
FaceRig is about being a genuine self-sustaining effort to continually develop and improve an open standard, for a new way of avatar-based communication for the digital age.