motion capture


Definition of motion capture

: a technology for digitally recording specific movements of a person (such as an actor) and translating them into computer-animated images

Examples of motion capture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That process normally would be captured in large part during live shoots using motion capture suits on a studio sound stage. Mike Hume, Washington Post, "‘Call of Duty’ voice actors spent the summer on video calls like the rest of us," 11 Nov. 2020 Using motion capture and sophisticated computer modeling, the study confirms that running pummels knees more than walking does. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Why running won't ruin your knees," 6 Nov. 2020 In just the past few years, these APIs have become significantly more sophisticated, introducing features like realistic shadows, full-body motion capture, and occlusion. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Google AR app lets you place prehistoric creatures, Apollo 11 in your room," 25 Aug. 2020 And that brings us to Socha's latest flying snake research, which employs motion capture to look a bit more closely at the precise kinematics of aerial undulation and its effect on glide performance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Undulating their bodies keeps flying snakes from tumbling out of control," 2 July 2020 In the video above, watch as Bonato’s team uses its motion capture system to analyze the gait of Bill Gramby, who has since regained a significant amount of mobility after a stroke in 2009 that paralyzed the left side of his body. Alex Hogan, STAT, "Watch: Hollywood motion capture technology finds a new role in hospital rehab," 12 Feb. 2020 Sports games, such as FIFA, make use of motion capture, a technique that involves tracking a real person often using markers on their face or body, to render more lifelike actions in human characters. Will Knight, Wired, "Gamemakers Inject AI to Develop More Lifelike Characters," 27 May 2020 And rather than using Broadway’s elaborate fur costumes, director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech) chose to use motion capture and CGI to give the performers sleek, fuzzy pelts. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Let’s all boggle at the furry erotic dream that is the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s Cats," 18 July 2019 The motion capture studio allows for expression tracking, which can come in handy when a player squints during a hard pitch or grunts while diving for a ball in the field. Popular Science, "How MLB The Show became the most realistic baseball simulator," 19 Apr. 2020

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Motion capture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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