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

Chappie follows its titular character (played by Sharlto Copley in a form-fitting motion capture suit), a defective robot who once served as a scout in an autonomous police force employed by the Johannesburg Police Department. Ramy, Popular Mechanics, "Neill Blomkamp: Artificial Intelligence Will Do What It Wants," 3 Mar. 2015 Then the virtual-characters’ actors would record their performance in a motion capture lab, supplying data to 3D animators, who would refine the performance and render it to be incorporated in the scene. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 Cameron has already promised that Avatar 2 will introduce a brand-new technology that allows underwater motion capture. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Can James Cameron Predict the Future of Sci-fi Movies?," 1 May 2018 Oculus VR is developing an immersive theater experience to debut next year that will feature real-world actors who perform in virtual reality using motion capture. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Oculus is developing an immersive theater VR experience with real actors," 30 Apr. 2018 The creator even enlisted his wife to help him motion capture the movements of the assistant. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft's Cortana Personal Assistant Transformed Into a Halo-Style Hologram," 12 May 2017 Both Notary and Vaughn-Lawlor also performed the motion capture for their characters on set. Robert Mitchell,, "Chicago stage veteran Carrie Coon is one of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' villains," 16 Apr. 2018 That’s where George lives and hangs out with Davis Okoye (Johnson), a loving primatologist who carries on conversations with the ape (performed in motion capture by Jason Liles) in sign language all day. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Rampage Is a Big, Noisy Nothing," 13 Apr. 2018 To create some of the features of the AM4MN, adidas designers used scans of athletes' feet and ARAMIS motion capture technology used by NASA, to learn more about how an athlete's foot moves during a game. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Adidas unveils 'AM4MN' Super Bowl LII cleats," 1 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'motion capture.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of motion capture

1992, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about motion capture

Share motion capture

Statistics for motion capture

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for motion capture

The first known use of motion capture was in 1992

See more words from the same year

Comments on motion capture

What made you want to look up motion capture? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


obstinately defiant of authority

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!