Dreamworks Patent Applications

FACIAL CAPTURE ANALYSIS AND TRAINING SYSTEM

Granted: July 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170213076
A method for evaluating a facial performance using facial capture of two users includes obtaining a reference set of facial performance data representing a first user's facial capture; obtaining a facial capture of a second user; extracting a second set of facial performance data based on the second user's facial capture; calculating at least one matching metric based on a comparison of the reference set of facial performance data to the second set of facial performance data; and…

REPURPOSING EXISTING ANIMATED CONTENT

Granted: July 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170206696
Systems and methods for automatically animating a character based on an existing corpus of animation are described. The character may be from a previously produced feature animated film, and the data used for training may be the data used to animate the character in the film. A low-dimensional embedding for subsets of the existing animation corresponding to different semantic labels may be learned by mapping high-dimensional rig control parameters to a latent space. A particle model may…

DIGITAL USER INTERFACE TO PROVIDE DRAWING DIRECTIONS TO GUIDE USER

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170169555
An electronic device with a display screen provides drawing directions to guide a user to create artwork on a physical medium. The electronic device displays a first drawing direction for drawing a portion of a subject on a physical medium, and prompts a user for a user input indicating completion of the first drawing direction by the user. Upon receiving the prompted user input, the electronic device displays a second drawing direction for drawing another portion of the subject on the…

EFFICIENT AND STABLE APPROACH TO ELASTICITY AND COLLISIONS FOR HAIR ANIMATION

Granted: April 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170098327
One exemplary process for animating hair includes receiving data representing a plurality of hairs and a plurality of objects in a timestep of a frame of animation. A first tree is populated to represent kinematic objects of the plurality of objects and a second tree is populated to represent dynamic objects of the plurality of objects based on the received data. A first elasticity preconditioner is created to represent internal elastic energy of the plurality of hairs based on the…

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING A VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM

Granted: November 24, 2016
Application Number: 20160343167
A virtual reality system includes a platform, a headset, a mount, and a control unit. The headset includes a motion-sensing unit and a display unit configured to display a video of a virtual environment. The mount is positioned on the platform and configured to releasably engage the headset. While the headset is engaged with the mount, the headset is positioned in a first position. While the headset is disengaged from the mount, the headset is positioned in a second position. The control…

COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING USING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

Granted: November 19, 2015
Application Number: 20150331597
A graphical user interface (GUI) for training includes, in some embodiments, a first group of icons arranged about a first axis, where the first group of icons corresponds to computer-generated animation concepts. The GUI also includes a second group of icons arranged about a second axis that intersects the first axis at a particular icon along the first axis. The second group of icons corresponds to videos that illustrate the computer-generated animation concept associated with the…

EFFICIENT AND STABLE APPROACH TO ELASTICITY AND COLLISIONS FOR HAIR ANIMATION

Granted: August 6, 2015
Application Number: 20150221119
One exemplary process for animating hair includes receiving data representing a plurality of hairs and a plurality of objects in a timestep of a frame of animation. A first tree is populated to represent kinematic objects of the plurality of objects and a second tree is populated to represent dynamic objects of the plurality of objects based on the received data. A first elasticity preconditioner is created to represent internal elastic energy of the plurality of hairs based on the…

MULTIPOINT OFFSET SAMPLING DEFORMATION TECHNIQUES

Granted: July 2, 2015
Application Number: 20150187113
Systems and methods for performing MOS skin deformations are provided. In one example process, the in vector of a MOS transform may be manually configured by a user. In another example process, a slide/bulge operation may be configured to depend on two or more MOS transforms. Each of the MOS transforms may be assigned a weight that represents the transform's contribution to the overall slide/bulge. In yet another example process, a bulge operation for a MOS vertex may be performed in a…

SMOOTH MANIPULATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267083
Systems and methods for manipulating a virtual three-dimensional (3D) object in a virtual 3D space are provided. A representation of the 3D object is displayed on a display. A non-hemispherical arcball having a surface is determined. The non-hemispherical arcball is associated with the representation of the 3D object. A pointing device is detected at a first position and at a second position. The first position of the pointing device is translated onto a first location on the surface of…

LEVEL-BASED DATA SHARING FOR DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCTION

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267237
Systems and methods for rendering three-dimensional images using a level graph are provided. The level graph is accessed, comprising a first node, a second node, and a target node. The second and target nodes are descendants of the first node. The first node comprises first scene description data, the second node comprises first variation data, and the target node comprises second variation data. The target node is selected for computation. Target node ancestors are determined. The first…

GENERALIZED INSTANCING FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCENE DATA

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267239
Systems and methods for rendering three-dimensional images by instancing scene description data using a hierarchy are provided. A hierarchy is accessed. The hierarchy comprises a first node and an instance node. The first node is a predecessor to a subtree of one or more nodes and the first node is associated with a first scene description data object. The instance node is a leaf of the hierarchy. The instance node has a parent node and the instance node is associated with a second scene…

SHADOW CONTOURING PROCESS FOR INTEGRATING 2D SHADOW CHARACTERS INTO 3D SCENES

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267249
Systems and processes for contouring 2D shadow characters in 3D CGI scenes are provided. A simplified drawing surface may be added to a CGI scene and displayed from a first perspective to approximate a major surface where a shadow character may be located. A drawn shadow character may be received on the simplified drawing surface. A naturally-cast reference shadow of a corresponding 3D modeled character may be provided on the drawing surface to aid artists in developing the shadow…

USING CURVES TO EMULATE SOFT BODY DEFORMATION

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267252
Using curves to emulate soft body deformation in a computer-generated character is disclosed. A method can include accessing a reference model mapped to one or more deformation curves for the character. The reference model can include a mesh of vertices representing a soft body layer of the character. The deformation curve can include multiple sample points selected for mapping. Each mesh vertex on the model can be mapped to each sample point on the curve to establish a relationship…

FOR NODE IN RENDER SETUP GRAPH

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267277
Systems and methods for rendering three-dimensional images using a render setup graph are provided. A dependency graph is accessed. The dependency graph comprises a plurality of supplier nodes, a multiplexer node, and a plurality of graphlet nodes. The plurality of supplier nodes is accessed. The supplier nodes each have an output of a first type. These outputs are connected to the multiplexer node. A graphlet is accessed. The graphlet comprises the plurality of graphlet nodes. An output…

PROCEDURAL PARTITIONING OF A SCENE

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267344
Systems and methods for partitioning a set of animation objects using a node in a render setup graph are provided. The render setup graph may be used to configure and manage lighting configuration data as well as external processes used to render the computer-generated image. The render setup graph may include a dependency graph having nodes interconnected by edges along which objects and object configuration data may be passed between nodes. The nodes may be used to provide a source of…

LOOK-BASED SELECTION FOR RENDERING A COMPUTER-GENERATED ANIMATION

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267352
A system and method for computing a rendered image of a computer-generated object in a computer-generated scene. A dependency graph is accessed, the dependency graph including a plurality of interconnected nodes including a look-selector node. An asset is accessed at an input to the look-selector node. The asset includes a plurality of looks for the computer-generated object, each look of the plurality of looks corresponding to a different visual appearance of the computer-generated…

LIGHTING CORRECTION FILTERS

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267354
A lighting correction filter for selectively correcting lighting in computer animation is disclosed. The lighting correction filter can select a computer-generated object having one or more lighting attributes. The selected object can be a portion of an object, an entire object, a portion of a computer-generated scene, or an entire scene. The filter can then set lighting correction values for the lighting attributes of the selected object. The lighting correction values can be color…

ADAPTIVE IMPORTANCE SAMPLING FOR POINT-BASED GLOBAL ILLUMINATION

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140267357
A computer-enabled method for shading locations for use in rendering a computer-generated scene having one or more objects represented by a point cloud. The method involves selecting a shading location, selecting a set of points from the point cloud, rasterizing the points onto a raster shape positioned at the shading location, where the raster shape has varying texel densities that are based on characteristics of the points in the point cloud, such that the texel density varies on…

COMPRESSING DATA REPRESENTING COMPUTER ANIMATED HAIR

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140270561
Data representing animated hair in a computer generated imagery (CGI) scene may be compressed by treating hair data as arrays of parameters. Hair data parameters may include control vertices, hair color, hair radius, and the like. A principal component analysis (PCA) may be performed on the arrays of hair data. PCA may yield new basis vectors, varying in length, with the largest basis vector corresponding to a new dimension with the largest variance in hair data. The hair data may be…

FILE SYSTEM MANAGER FOR CUSTOMIZED RESOURCE ALLOCATION

Granted: September 18, 2014
Application Number: 20140280323
Systems and processes provide network clients on various platforms a customized file system experience on demand while managing files (e.g., computer animation files) across a variety of storage devices spread across a network of arbitrary size (local area networks, wide area networks, worldwide networks, the world wide web, etc.). Clients may specify a set of requirements for an instantiation of a file system interface or object for a given application. Such requirements may include…