Face2Face System – F1
Face2Face System – F1
Abalone LLC 2010
January 2010
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Face2Face is a software/hardware system that shows young adults at risk how crystal
meth abuse will change their faces after 6 month, 1 year or 3 years of abuse.
This is accomplished in three steps:
1. Capture a 3D face using the stereo camera
2. Software uses two images to create a 3D head
3. By clicking on one of the three “age” buttons software changes the shape and
texture of the 3D head to show crystal meth caused deterioration
The whole process may take 2 minutes: 1 minute for photography and 1 minute for the
software to build 3D head (time dependent on the speed of the computer used).
The “before” and “after” images are shown side-by-side and can be printed via the
“Print” command. To preserve privacy images are erased from camera and computer
after use.
System requirements
Required hardware
WIN: Face2Face runs with the following minimal hardware:
A Windows-based personal computer or laptop with the following
minimal requirements:
Pentium III or IV 2 GHz (faster chips will run software faster)
2 GB RAM internal memory
True Colour video card
Screen of a resolution 1024x768
250 MB free disk space
Needed system software
Face2Face runs under the following system software:
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows VISTA , and W7 operating
To read pdf manuals Adobe Acrobat is recommended
To watch “How-to” videos Windows Media player is recommended:
Hardware Setup
Face2Face system consists of a hardware and a software component. Required hardware
includes the Fuji FinePix W1 camera and a computer.
Fuji Finepix W1 camera
The Fuji Finepix W1 camera is a stereo camera that ahs two side-by-side optics offset by
about 3 inches. The camera takes two slightly offset images and creates a file in the MPO
format. The image can be viewed in the camera monitor in stereo 3D without stereo
The following chapter deals with the very simple operation of the system.
1. Install Software
Simply drag the folder called “F2F-F1” from the CD to your desktop.
Also, please install the Fujifilm FinePix software (c0omes with the camera).
This is all the installation you need.
2. Test Face2Face software
Double-click on the F2F icon. The software launches.
Open the “Preference” dialog under the File menu.
Set preference dialog as shown:
1. Choose “Automatically (Loads with latest time stamp)
2. Browse for F2F on your desktop and choose the “Archive” folder
3. Set “Background elimination” on automatic
4. Check “Remember my selection”
5. Click OK
Now, choose “Next” from the File menu and the 3D process starts. Face2Face will
find the MPO file with the latest time stamp and convert it into a 3D head in about 1
minute. (Since you only have one MPO in the Archive folder at this point, it will
convert that file).
This is what you will see:
The guide in the upper left corner instructs you to place a dot in the left eye corner,
followed by the right eye corner and the chin.
NOTE: After you placed the first dot, you can zoom in via the middle
mouse button or rotate the head via the right mouse button.
After these three dots the program places another 26 dots as shown. You can move
the dots to correspond to the places as shown on the guide. When finished click OK.
In a few seconds, you’ll see a split screen with a dialog box.
The left screen is the “Now” picture, the right screen will show the changes meth
abuse causes. Go ahead and click on the 6 month button. In a few seconds the change
will take place. Feel free to rotate the head (with the right mouse button). To move
the image around, use the left mouse button. Zoom in and out is the middle mouse
3. Take Picture
Use all factory default settings on the Fuji Camera. This ensures that you get the
optimal picture each time.
A few hints:
1. Use monochrome background behind the head (white wall or similar). Avoid
reflective surfaces such as whiteboard.
2. Seat the subject on a chair, and the back of his/her head touch the wall.
3. Strongly suggest the use a tripod. Make sure that the camera is vertical (use built in
leveler if needed).
4. Have good lighting. Set “Flash” on “on” all the time.
Set up the camera 3 feet away from the wall and take a picture.
(If you decide to take a self-portrait, you can set the 10 second timer).
Center the subject’s head in the viewfinder.
The crosshair should be roughly in the middle of the head (nose area).
1. Do not have subject with open smile (showing teeth).
2. Ask subject to move out hair (bangs) etc from face as far as possible.
3. No glasses
4. No external objects (clock, calendar)
5. Take a picture.
Before you connect the camera to the laptop, you need to set up the auto-download.
Finepix software steup.
Follow this steps:
Install the FinePix Viewer software (comes on CD)
Once software is installed, you need to restart your computer.
Launch FinePix Viewer.
Go to “Settings (shown below)
Open “Save Image Settings).
Now Browse for your Archive button (Desktop/F2FF1/Archive)
Make sure you also click “Delete images from camera”
This setting will put the new images in a folder inside the Archive folder with today’s
date as the folder name.
Every new day you should navigate to this folder as your default folder. As you are
taking more pictures that day, you do not need to navigate again – Command-N will
automatically look in this folder.
Take More Pictures!
Now you are all set to connect the camera to your laptop.
Once you connected via USB, turn on your camera via the arrow button next to Menu
OK (on the back of your camera, upper right corner).
Set your camera height so that the lens is in level with the subject’s nose. Make sure
that behind the face you are photographing there are not extraneous objects (best seat
your subject against a light-colored wall).
1. Take a picture.
2. Turn off camera (by closing the lens protector lid).
3. Connect camera to a USB-port on your laptop.
4. Turn camera back on (pressing the “arrow” symbol next to “Menu OK” for 5
seconds. (The camera light will come back).
5. You may also hear an audible beep on your laptop as the camera is recognized
and the laptop starts to download the picture to the F2F/Archive folder). This will
also erase the MPO image from your camera.
Operating the Face2Face Software
Go to your F2F folder and double click on the F2F application. This will launch
1. After a brief view of the Face2Face splash screen, a gray window opens.
2. Go to File menu and choose “Next” (or just type Control-N).
3. If your Preferences are set right (see chapter above), the software will find the
MPO with the latest time stamp in your Archive folder and start to process it. A
progress bar appears and will show your progress.
4. With this new camera/system the processing time will be around 1 minute
(depending on your computer’s speed) – much faster than the 3 minutes with the
earlier dual-camera system.
5. After processing finished, the 3D portrait will appear with the dot dialog. From
here follow the process outlined above in the “Test Face2Face Software” chapter.
NOTE: Once you finished aging the subject, you can also print the screen to an
inkjet printer. Use the “Print” button (Control-P) to select printer and page setup.
Additional Notes/Trouble Shooting
1. To make sure your portrait is in focus, you may want to press the exposure button
halfway down (this will focus the camera on the face) before taking the picture by
depressing the button all the way.
2. Avoid shiny backgrounds
3. Try to minimize the area from the neck down. Avoid including too much of the
shoulders or upper torso.
4. Keep camera level with subject (level with the nose of the subject).
5. Avoid extreme light conditions. Try to use the system indoors under artificial
light conditions such as a classroom. (see more below).
6. If not satisfied with the result, try again.
Face2Face is designed to function best under indoor controlled lighting situations such as
a classroom. Extreme lighting, such as direct sunlight hitting a part of the face may cause
either missing part of the face that was overexposed or processing error.
Here’s an example of strong overhead exposure
This result in part of the 3D mesh missing. You can see it if you choose the manual
background elimination in the Preference dialog:
The resulting 3D is also missing part of the head:
How to Avoid Overexposure?
Best is to choose indoor lighting conditions with no direct sunlight. If this is not possible,
set the camera to manual exposure control. This is described in the FinePix Manual page
29 and 31.
First you open the front shutter in the shutter mode. Then press on the mode button in the
upper left corner of the back of the camera. Select Manual (see below)
Set the speed at 400 (using horizontal arrows) and the shutter to F8 (vertical arrows). If
this setting does not work, you may try others.
Another possible distortion is more that happens with bad light is more severe.
In this case the head is “wavy” and distorted.
The cause is distorted background due to bad/uneven lighting
Observe the missing background
The resulting 3D image is very bad:
How to avoid?
1. Change the lighting
2. 2. If this is not possible, simply go to “Manual Background” by unchecking auto
background (see more in the next chapter).
Same file after manual background painting
..and the resulting 3D mesh, now OK.
Manual masking.
Normally not recommended, however, if you turn off the Automatic under “Background
elimination”, you will have an opportunity to manually eliminate the background that
may cause problems.
After you click “Next” (or Control-N), you will see the following dialog:
Click on the Photo button and the software starts processing. After about 10-20 seconds
you will see the following dialog:
Click first on the “Left Picture” button. The following palette will apperar:
Use the “Blue Pen” tool to paint over pixels you want to eliminate (like shoulders and
shadow around the head).
If you make a mistake, use the “Eraser” that does the opposite and uncovers pixels.
You can set the diameter of both tools from Small to Big.
Repeat this with the “Right Picture”. Click OK.
Now, as you eliminated the extraneous items, the head should progress faster and
probably better..
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