Unlocking the Power of Motion Capture in CGI
CGI is a foundational technology in film, animation, and game development. Over time, it has empowered creatives to create, improve, and render astonishingly lifelike digital images of anything the mind can imagine. The extent of CGI’s influence is such that it can be a Herculean task to discern its presence in modern movies.
- Common programming – This entails programming characters to move in a way that is specific to that character. Programming was strictly limited to CGI characters lacking innate or recognizable movement patterns, such as a toy or a car.
- Rotoscoping – An animation technique where live-action footage of an actor’s entire body movements is traced over, frame-by-frame, to replicate these movements in an animated character.
- Motion capture tackles the issue of inconsistent character movements posed by rotoscoping. It gives CGI characters realistic movements that mirror natural human movements in animated or live-action environments.
- Motion capture and rendering can simultaneously generate real-time avatars like those in virtual reality (VR).
- It significantly cuts down the time and effort needed to create animations compared to frame-by-frame rotoscoping.