Episode 369 – DI4D – Colin Urquhart & Douglas Green


EPISODE 369 – DI4D – Colin Urquhart & Douglas Green

DI4D the world’s leading 4D facial performance capture service that specializes in animation for digital doubles. Their proprietary technology is derived from over 30 years of cutting edge research and development dating back to their own PhD research. Since then, the company has consistently innovated at the cutting edge of what is technically possible in the field. 

With bases in the UK and US, they work globally with partners across the entertainment and research sectors to develop and deliver high resolution 3D facial image capture, 4D facial performance capture systems, ground-breaking digital double creation software and services. Some of the titles that DI4D has worked on, both in film and games, are: Blade Runner 2049, Morbius, The Matrix: Resurrections, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Free Guy, Call of Duty, F1 2021, and many more!

In this Podcast, Allan McKay speaks to Co-Founders of DI4D Colin Urquhart and Douglas Green about the DI4D technology for facial capture, the innovative thinking behind the process, digital doubles, uncanny valley, the facial capture rig and other behind-the-scenes of the motion capture process. 


DI4D Website: https://di4d.com/work/

Colin Urquhart on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colinurquhart/

Douglas Green on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/di4d-douglas-green/


EPISODE 369 – DI4D – Colin Urquhart & Douglas Green

Hi, everyone! 

This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 369! I’m interviewing Co-Founders of DI4D Colin Urquhart and Douglas Green. We get into a lot in this Episode that has to do with digital human and performance capture.

I’m really excited to talk to Colin and Douglas about:

  • Digital doubles;
  • Bridging the uncanny valley;
  • The DI4D technology for facial capture;
  • The innovating thinking behind the process;
  • Their viral spot SMART METERS: EINSTEIN’S BATH which used DI4D’s facial capture to bring back to life Albert Einstein;
  • Their work on BLADE RUNNER 2049’s Rachael character,
  • and so much more!

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Let’s dive in! 



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Okay, what did you think? I want to thank Colin and Douglas for coming onto the Podcast. 

Next week, I’ll be interviewing Zoic Studios’ Virtual Production Supervisor for the Real Time Group Scott Rosekrans. This will be another epic one!

Until then –

Rock on!


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