Face Cap V1.8

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Latest News (22th of June 2019):

V1.8 Update:

  1. Unity example project is now available: live mode.
  2. Video recording is back.
  3. Added a 'movie-clapper' for external sound recording sync.
  4. Added a confirmation dialogue for recording.
  5. The export file is centered.

Next scheduled update:

  1. Export animation data only (no mesh data etc).
  1. Please send bug-reports.
  2. Please rate and review 'Face Cap' on the App store.

Face Cap:

Face cap is a facial motion capture solution for iPhone's and iPad pro's that have the true depth front facing camera.

It records & exports the users facial expressions to be used in games, animation, vfx etc.


  1. Records head position & rotation data.
  2. Records +/- 50 blendshape parameters.
  3. Records eye motion.
  4. Records microphone input in sync.
  5. Exports a generic mesh, blendshapes and animation as Ascii-fbx.
  6. Native IOS file management and sharing.
  7. New 'Live mode' added. Send parameter data using OSC.


  1. iPhone's fromt the iPhone X series, and late 2018 iPad pro's.

Completed Updates:

  1. Application ported to iOS native Swift4.
  2. Improved file management.
  3. Live mode network streaming via OSC.
  4. Application updated to work with iOS compatible.
  5. In app filtering/smoothing of captured data.
  6. Optional recording of the front camera video feed for reference (Currently black & white with separate audio file).
  7. Hierarchy of exported Fbx updated for better compatibility.
  8. Locking the face in place.
  9. Video Tutorial 1: A closer look at the exported data.
  10. Video Tutorial 2: Transferring the captured data.

Scheduled Updates:

  1. Configurable port for live mode.
  2. Example Unity project.
  3. Small UI tweaks.
  4. New solution for video recording.

Importing has been tested with these applications:

  1. Autodesk Maya.
  2. Lightwave 3D.
  3. Cinema 4D.
  4. Houdini. View import settings.
  5. Blender. First convert from ascii fbx to binary fbx using Autodesk fbx converter.

Best practices:

  1. For best results place the iPhone X down or hold it still during recording.
  2. Don't move too close or too far from the 3D camera it's range is limited.
  3. Don't look too far up, down or sideways.
  4. For longer recordings (3 minutes+) the exported files might get too big to transfer via email. Consider using dropbox or another sharing solution if you plan to record longer sessions.
  5. Please use the app in a well lit room for best results.
  6. Don't obscure the face, put long hair up in a pony tail, don't put hands or other objects between the face and the 3D camera.
  7. Post process your recording by filtering out noise/jitter/glitches.

Recording quality reference video:

A closer look at the exported data video:

Transferring the captured data to different characters video:


  1. Example recording in fbx: Dropbox Google Drive
  2. Face cap press release graphics package.

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