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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The system and those that came after it — Xbox, Wii, Playstation — would advance to the point of full-body motion capture technology, spin-off television shows, alternate reality, and paying jobs for the best gamers amongst us. Lily Jackson |, al, "Alabama video gamers say stop blaming their careers for murder," 7 Sep. 2019 The self-conscious cheesiness of these videos mitigates the jarring sight of seeing a motion captured version of Courtney Hope, the charismatic actress who plays Jesse, next to the flesh and blood images of another actor. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "‘Control’: A space-warping science fiction game with much to like but not a lot to love," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of motion capture

1992, in the meaning defined above

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