The progression of technology is a remarkable thing to see, and it looks like Epic Games is going to introduce something wonderful for 3D artists and model makers as the developer and publisher has announced MetaHuman Creator — a browser-based app that uses the power of the Unreal Engine.
Here’s a demo released showing the digital human creating tool at work.
Here’s the overview of the new app courtesy of Unreal Engine’s official website.
MetaHuman Creator is a cloud-streamed app designed to take real-time digital human creation from weeks or months to less than an hour, without compromising on quality. It works by drawing from an ever-growing library of variants of human appearance and motion, and enabling you to create convincing new characters through intuitive workflows that let you sculpt and craft the result you want. As you make adjustments, MetaHuman Creator blends between actual examples in the library in a plausible, data-constrained way. You can choose a starting point by selecting a number of preset faces to contribute to your human from the diverse range in the database.
You can select from around 30 hair styles that use Unreal Engine’s strand-based hair, or hair cards for lower-end platforms. There’s also a set of example clothing to choose from, as well as 18 differently proportioned body types. When you’re happy with your human, you can download the asset via Quixel Bridge, fully rigged and ready for animation and motion capture in Unreal Engine, and complete with LODs. You’ll also get the source data in the form of a Maya file, including meshes, skeleton, facial rig, animation controls, and materials.
If you missed it before, here’s a demonstration of the Unreal Engine 5 at play.