motion capture


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With motion capture, but still! IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 Moving from motion capture to the robot isn’t seamless—the robot has a different mass distribution than a person, and a much more limited set of joints. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Apr. 2023 The original facial motion capture rig that also impressively immersed Andy Serkis as Gollum and Caesar, received an overhaul. Daron James, Variety, 28 Feb. 2023 It’s had balloons tied on to mimic its weight in Martian gravity, and motion capture dots stuck to its frame to precisely measure its movements. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 Bushnell and Gradman envision STEAM Carnival as taking classic carnival games, which have always appealed to kids, and updating them with technology, particularly the kinds designed to wow youngsters, like lasers, tesla coils, motion capture systems, robots, and shooting flames. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 Having motion capture performer Allan Henry on set was part of the pitch and important to the animation process. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 28 Feb. 2023 The bear, named Cokie, was a CGI concoction created by Weta FX with Allen Henry, a stunt man and student of Andy Serkis, performing motion capture. Jake Coyle, ajc, 21 Feb. 2023 Coming aboard the sequels in 2012, Champney was part of a small team tasked with building on technology used in the first movie and translating it into a water setting without losing the nuances of an actor’s performance in the motion capture process. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motion capture was in 1992

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“Motion capture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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