FaceControls

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The FaceControls object defines a set of properties for controlling the facial expressions of a character head capable of animation.

The FaceControls properties are based on the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), a comprehensive system for describing all visually discernible facial movement based on anatomy. FaceControls properties can only be set between 0 and 1. Different combinations of the FaceControls property values create different facial expressions. Recording multiple facial expressions over time creates facial animation.

What is a Animatable Head?

A animatable head is a MeshPart that implements a facial rig and is capable of playing facial animations and triggering facial expressions. A FaceControls object that is a child of a head MeshPart can change the facial expressions of the head.

A head consists of the following three components:

  • Skinned MeshPart instance for the head geometry with an internal rig that deforms this skinned MeshPart
  • FaceControls instance that drives the internal rig when properties such as FaceControls.JawDrop are changed.
  • Cage WrapTarget instance for tight fitting facial accessories

In a third-party modeling tool, such as Blender or Maya, an artist can create a joint-driven facial rig, pose the joints to match each of the individual FACS controls, and save as an FBX. When a head .FBX is imported in Studio, a facs-to-joint mapping is created. This mapping deforms the mesh geometry when FaceControls properties are changed. The mapping and the facial rig (including Bone instances) are not exposed to developers and can only be accessed through the FaceControls instance. The MeshPart for a Dynamic Head looks and behaves the same as a regular MeshPart except when a FaceControls instance is a child of the MeshPart. Editing the properties of the FaceControls deforms the MeshPart's geometry. These properties are available to animate in the Animation Editor.

See Facial Animation for more information on usage and creation of a animateable head.

Summary

Properties

Raises the chin up; moves the lower lip upwards.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves the upper lip when ChinRaiser is engaged and touching the upper lip.

NOT REPLICATED

Brings the left and right brows inward together.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves gaze down.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves gaze left.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves gaze right.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves gaze up.

NOT REPLICATED

Also known as lip tightener; brings the corners of the mouth inward and pressing the lips back against the teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Makes a 'O' shape with the mouth.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the jaw downward opening the mouth.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves mouth and jaw to the left (character left).

NOT REPLICATED

Moves mouth and jaw to the right (character right).

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the left brow down.

NOT REPLICATED

Puffs up the left cheek.

NOT REPLICATED

Squints the left eye.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves the corners of the mouth back in Z.

NOT REPLICATED

Closes the left eyelid.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the left eyelid upwards to reveal more of the eye white above the iris.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the interior half of the left brow upwards.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the corners of the mouth downwards in a frown.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the corners of the mouth upwards in a smile.

NOT REPLICATED

Stretches the corners of the mouth apart.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the lower lip down away from the upper lip revealing the lower teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Raise the left nostril, pulls the brow down slightly, and wrinkles on the side of the nose.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the outer part of the left brow upwards.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the left upper lip away from the lower lip revealing the upper teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Presses the lips together.

NOT REPLICATED

Brings the lips together relative to JawDrop.

NOT REPLICATED

Rolls the lower lip up over the teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves the mouth left.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves the mouth right.

NOT REPLICATED

Makes a kiss-like shape with the mouth.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the right brow down.

NOT REPLICATED

Puffs up the right cheek.

NOT REPLICATED

Squints the right eye.

NOT REPLICATED

Moves the corners of the mouth back in Z.

NOT REPLICATED

Closes the right eyelid.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the right eyelid upwards to reveal more of the eye white above the iris.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the interior half of the right brow upwards.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the corners of the mouth downwards in a frown.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the corners of the mouth upwards in a smile.

NOT REPLICATED

Stretches the corners of the mouth apart.

NOT REPLICATED

Lowers the lower lip down away from the upper lip revealing the lower teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the right nostril, pulls the brow down slightly, and wrinkles on the side of the nose.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the outer part of the right brow upwards.

NOT REPLICATED

Raises the right upper lip away from the lower lip revealing the upper teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Bends the tongue down.

NOT REPLICATED

Extends the tip of the tongue out of the mouth.

NOT REPLICATED

Bends the tongue up.

NOT REPLICATED

Rolls the upper lip around the teeth.

NOT REPLICATED

Events

Methods

Properties

ChinRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the chin up; moves the lower lip upwards

ChinRaiserUpperLip

Not Replicated

Moves the upper lip when ChinRaiser is engaged and touching the upper lip

Corrugator

Not Replicated

Brings the left and right brows inward together

EyesLookDown

Not Replicated

Moves gaze down

EyesLookLeft

Not Replicated

Moves gaze left

EyesLookRight

Not Replicated

Moves gaze right

EyesLookUp

Not Replicated

Moves gaze up

FlatPucker

Not Replicated

Also known as lip tightener; brings the corners of the mouth inward and pressing the lips back against the teeth

Funneler

Not Replicated

Makes a 'O' shape with the mouth

JawDrop

Not Replicated

Lowers the jaw downward opening the mouth

JawLeft

Not Replicated

JawRight

Not Replicated

Moves mouth and jaw to the right (character right)

LeftBrowLowerer

Not Replicated

Lowers the left brow down

LeftCheekPuff

Not Replicated

Puffs up the left cheek

LeftCheekRaiser

Not Replicated

Squints the left eye

LeftDimpler

Not Replicated

Moves the corners of the mouth back in Z

LeftEyeClosed

Not Replicated

Closes the left eyelid

LeftEyeUpperLidRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the left eyelid upwards to reveal more of the eye white above the iris

LeftInnerBrowRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the interior half of the left brow upwards

LeftLipCornerDown

Not Replicated

Lowers the corners of the mouth downwards in a frown

LeftLipCornerPuller

Not Replicated

Raises the corners of the mouth upwards in a smile

LeftLipStretcher

Not Replicated

Stretches the corners of the mouth apart

LeftLowerLipDepressor

Not Replicated

Lowers the lower lip down away from the upper lip revealing the lower teeth

LeftNoseWrinkler

Not Replicated

Raise the left nostril, pulls the brow down slightly, and wrinkles on the side of the nose

LeftOuterBrowRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the outer part of the left brow upwards

LeftUpperLipRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the left upper lip away from the lower lip revealing the upper teeth

LipPresser

Not Replicated

Presses the lips together

LipsTogether

Not Replicated

Brings the lips together relative to JawDrop

LowerLipSuck

Not Replicated

Rolls the lower lip up over the teeth

MouthLeft

Not Replicated

Moves the mouth left

MouthRight

Not Replicated

Moves the mouth right

Pucker

Not Replicated

Makes a kiss-like shape with the mouth

RightBrowLowerer

Not Replicated

Lowers the right brow down

RightCheekPuff

Not Replicated

Puffs up the right cheek

RightCheekRaiser

Not Replicated

Squints the right eye

RightDimpler

Not Replicated

Moves the corners of the mouth back in Z

RightEyeClosed

Not Replicated

Closes the right eyelid

RightEyeUpperLidRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the right eyelid upwards to reveal more of the eye white above the iris

RightInnerBrowRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the interior half of the right brow upwards

RightLipCornerDown

Not Replicated

Lowers the corners of the mouth downwards in a frown

RightLipCornerPuller

Not Replicated

Raises the corners of the mouth upwards in a smile

RightLipStretcher

Not Replicated

Stretches the corners of the mouth apart

RightLowerLipDepressor

Not Replicated

Lowers the lower lip down away from the upper lip revealing the lower teeth

RightNoseWrinkler

Not Replicated

Raises the right nostril, pulls the brow down slightly, and wrinkles on the side of the nose

RightOuterBrowRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the outer part of the right brow upwards

RightUpperLipRaiser

Not Replicated

Raises the right upper lip away from the lower lip revealing the upper teeth

TongueDown

Not Replicated

Bends the tongue down

TongueOut

Not Replicated

Extends the tip of the tongue out of the mouth

TongueUp

Not Replicated

Bends the tongue up

UpperLipSuck

Not Replicated

Rolls the upper lip around the teeth

Events

Methods