Motion capture in the media
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  • 1. Aspects of Motion Capture Motion capture is a technique used in filming to create a realistic and reliable frame for CGI animators to use in the creation of computer generated characters or certain scenes in a film It is an expensive process to heavily animate films so motion capture is usually only used by big companies like 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios Motion capture usually ties into computer generated scenery so it is usually filmed in front of a greenscreen so that the whole image can be animated upon
  • 2. How it has affected film Motion capture has given films the upper hand when it comes to creating imaginary scenes for the viewers, it allows for smooth, anatomical and realistic movement for any characters that are computer generated, some famous characters that were animated to life in this way include…
  • 3. ‘Jay’
  • 4. Gollum (Smeagol)
  • 5. Caesar
  • 6. techniques Earlier techniques of motion capture consisted of using many high speed cameras to get an approximate model of whatever is being recorded New forms of motion capture include capture points and motion capture suits, each capture point(s) is bound to different joints in whatever is animated, like the knee or elbow As motion capture progressed it gained the skill to capture facial expressions, binding different points on the face of the motion capture professional to muscles on an animated character
  • 7. Progression Motion capture has progressed rapidly throughout the new age of films One of the newest way to capture movements or expressions is the same way that the xbox kinect works, low powered infrared lasers are projected in a grid like fashion onto the body or the face, an infrared camera then picks up the position and distance from the camera which can be used to map movements and facial expressions
  • 8. Audience Appeal Motion capture increases the audience appeal of movies by making some of the characters that are impossible to shoot as raw footage, easier to animate by professionals because lifelike movements are given to certain characters and things in the film This makes them more relatable and believable, giving the film a sense of emersion so the viewers feel more buried in the film, instead of thinking ‘these graphics are terrible’
  • 9. Thanks For Listening