Unity acquires Ziva Dynamics

Jan 29, 2022 at 10:14 am by nemirc

Unity acquires Ziva Dynamics
Unity acquires Ziva Dynamics

This week, Unity announced the acquisition of Ziva Dynamics. In case you’re not familiar with Ziva Dynamics, it’s a company dedicated to creating virtual characters for various needs, from presentations, visual effects for movies or TV, and also video games, using muscle and soft-tissue simulation technology and (soon) machine learning for facial animation. Ziva’s technology has been used in movies like The Meg, Venom, series like Game of Thrones, and games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 5.

As you may know, Unity has made some interesting acquisitions recently, including SpeedTree, Pixyz and even Weta Digital, as they aim to make tools more accessible for creatives. Unity has stated this new acquisition follows the same core idea of democratizing tools for creators.

From what I understand, their main goal is to make realistic human creation more accessible and faster, since Ziva has been working on this machine learning-powered facial animation tool (that, to me looks like Softimage Face Robot on steroids, and you may know this is very exciting to me if you know how I feel about Face Robot).

However, Ziva’s work is not just about facial animation. As Unity puts it, they are pretty much setting the standard for high-quality work for games, video and film, with their creature animation technology, and the goal is to allow creators make high-quality digital characters regardless of skill level. Now, if you have read my recent article titled “Does the application replace the artist?” you know what I think about that subject. Either way, I am excited to see how things go, as well as the final result. I am also interested to know how this will work with current pipelines developers may have in place (including, obviously, any pipeline involving Reallusion’s Character Creator).

You can read the full press release here: https://blog.unity.com/technology/welcome-ziva-dynamics

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