Just a day after the release of the iPhone X, the music-meets-comedy pastime known as Animoji Karaoke quickly emerged as one of the popular (albeit frivolous) features used to justify spending $1,000 for Apple's newest smartphone.
Now, that brilliant idea has been taken to the next level with "Animoji Takeover TV." The video is a supercut of iconic scenes from popular television shows and movies, with actor's faces swapped out for Animojis, the face-tracking emojis made possible by the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X.
The iPhone X-powered video covers popular TV shows like Silicon Valley, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Stranger Things, as well as a few movies, such as Full Metal Jacket.
Some of the scenes are perfectly punny. For example, in a scene from Parks and Recreation, Andy Dwyer's face is replaced with a poop Animoji as he describes his...bathroom habits.
In an interrogation scene from The Wire, detectives Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty are replaced with pig faces. (Get it?) The perp, a character named Cheese, wears a dog face as Moreland asks him, "Who's your dog?"
Speaking of dogs, The Hound from Game of Thrones receives a similar treatment. And the baby xenomorph in Alien is appropriately replaced with the alien Animoji.
My personal favorite is Gob Bluth from Arrested Development, masked with a chicken face as he does his highly inaccurate chicken dance.
The videos are amazing but, to avoid any confusion, no, the TrueDepth camera can't make Animojis from videos. Instead, the performances in the video compilation are the result of the video's producers recreating the facial reactions and dialogue from the iconic scenes. Toward the end of the video, the creators of the video (YouTube channel Corridor) give us a peek at how the performances were captured. Still, it's an impressive feat simply due to the sheer volume of performances that had to be captured and then spliced into the videos.
Moreover, the production showcases the nuance of facial expressions that the TrueDepth camera can capture, such as the batting of eyelashes, the furrowing of a brow, or the enunciation of a curse word by a child.
But don't take my word for it, see for yourself in the three-minute video (below).
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