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

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Two layers of reality, meatspace motions capturing digital dailies. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema," 20 June 2019 Ruffalo wrote alongside the video, which features him in a motion capture suit and shows both the actor and Hemsworth with their phones out. Matt Mcnulty,, "Avengers: Endgame Stars Joke Around About Breaking ‘No Camera’ Policy in Behind-the-Scenes Video," 7 June 2019 Essentially, Kelp was being recorded in the same way Hollywood uses motion capture to record actors playing CGI creations. James Vincent, The Verge, "Researchers teach AI to think like a dog and find out what they know about the world," 14 Apr. 2018 When to ignore motion capture Weta is known for its motion-capture characters, like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and Caesar from Planet of the Apes. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "How Weta Digital created the steampunk world of Mortal Engines," 21 Dec. 2018 Alita: Battle Angel is James Cameron’s next big film to use motion capture (the main character, Alita, is a cyborg heroine). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Goes Cyberpunk in Her New Music Video," 24 Jan. 2019 For a character like Kaa the snake [voiced by Scarlett Johansson], motion capture isn't that helpful. Popular Mechanics, "The Wonderful Visual Effects of 'The Jungle Book' and the Future of Movie Magic," 21 Apr. 2016 Behind the scenes, one computer rig is dedicated to handling the motion capture from the live actor and turning it into real-time character animation. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Chained mixes virtual reality and live actors to tell a dark Christmas tale," 5 Dec. 2018 Six films in, the franchise is largely defined by its thrilling action sequences, in no small part because the stunts are executed practically rather than done against a green screen or via motion capture. Karen Han, Vox, "Tom Cruise’s most death-defying Mission: Impossible stunt, explained," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of motion capture

1992, in the meaning defined above

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