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Text2Video. A SMS to MMS conversion

: Rurainsky, J.; Eisert, P.

Kays, R. ; Informationstechnische Gesellschaft -ITG-, Fachausschuß 5.1 Fernsehtechnik und Elektronische Medien; Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft -FKTG-:
Elektronische Medien. Vorträge des 11. Dortmunder Fernsehseminars 2005 : Vom 26. bis 28. September 2005 in Dortmund
Berlin: VDE-Verlag, 2005 (ITG-Fachbericht 188)
ISBN: 3-8007-2898-2
ISBN: 978-3-8007-2898-5
Dortmunder Fernsehseminar <11, 2005, Dortmund>
Fraunhofer HHI ()
3G mobile communication; electronic messaging; multimedia communication; video communication

With the fast growing high data rate networks, such as UMTS, new communication types are provided by mobile communication providers. Video communication as well as broadcast over DVB-H are only two examples of these new services. Video messages created from enhanced text messages also belongs to these new services. In this context, we have developed a complete system for the automatic creation of talking head video sequences from text messages like SMS. Our system, converts the text into MPEG-4 facial animation parameters and synthetic voice. A user selected 3D character performs lip movements synchronized to the speech. The 3D models created from a single image vary from realistic people to cartoon characters. A voice selection for different languages and gender as well as a pitch shift component enables a personalization of the animation. The animation is shown using the 3GPP player of mobile devices. Therefore, our system can be used in mobile communication for the conversion of regular SMS messages to MMS animations.