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Visual Effects Society Handbook by Susan Zwerman, Susan Zwerman, Jeffrey A. Okun

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PERFORMANCE AND MOTION CAPTURE

WHAT IS MOTION CAPTURE?

John Root

Motion capture is the process of encoding motion from the real world into the digital medium in three dimensions. More simply, motion capture is a technique for measuring things. Used cleverly, it can be used to measure the motions of the human body. Once recorded, that motion can be used to drive a digital character or breathe life into inanimate objects. Performance Capture is a term that usually refers to a subcategory of Motion Capture where an actor’s face and body performance are recorded simultaneously.

Motion capture has become a widely used technique in visual effects for its ability to deliver high-fidelity character animation in a time frame not practically achieved ...

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