Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation

2nd Edition

Authors: Alberto Menache
Paperback ISBN: 9780123814968
eBook ISBN: 9780123814975
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 15th December 2010
Page Count: 276
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Description

Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation discusses the latest technology developments in digital design, film, games, medicine, sports, and security engineering. Motion capture records a live-motion event and translates it into a digital context. It is the technology that converts a live performance into a digital performance. In contrast, performance animation is the actual performance that brings life to the character, even without using technology. If motion capture is the collection of data that represents motion, performance animation is the character that a performer represents.
The book offers extensive information about motion capture. It includes state-of-the-art technology, methodology, and developments in the current motion-capture industry. In particular, the different ways to capture motions are discussed, including using cameras or electromagnetic fields in tracking a group of sensors.
This book will be useful for students taking a course about digital filming, as well as for anyone who is interested in this topic.

Key Features

  • Completely revised to include almost 40% new content with emphasis on RF and Facial Motion Capture Systems
  • Companion site with source code, motion capture data translator, and example files help you write conversion and motion data manipulation programs
  • Describes all the mathematical principles associated with motion capture and 3D character mechanics
  • Helps you budget by explaining the costs associated with individualized motion capture projects

Readership

Professionals involved in 3D animation for games, television, and feature films

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Motion Capture Primer Motion Capture and Performance Animation History of Performance Animation in the Entertainment Field Types of Motion Capture Applications of Motion Capture Chapter 2 Motion Capture Case Studies and Controversy Digital Humans and the Uncanny Valley Relevant Motion Capture Accounts Chapter 3 The Motion Capture Session Deciding to Use Motion Capture Preparing for the Session During the Session Summary Chapter 4 The Motion Data Motion Data Types and Formats Writing a Motion Capture Translator Chapter 5 Setting up Your Character Setting up a Character with Rotational Data Setting up a Character with Translational Data Facial Motion Capture Tips and Tricks Conclusion Appendix A Motion Capture Equipment and Software Manufactures Appendix B Motion Capture Service Providers Appendix C Web Resources Index

Details

No. of pages:
276
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Morgan Kaufmann 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Morgan Kaufmann
eBook ISBN:
9780123814975
Paperback ISBN:
9780123814968

About the Author

Alberto Menache

Alberto Menache founded Three Space Imagery, Inc. (TSi), a computer graphics and video game developer, in Los Angeles, where he and his team developed proprietary software for motion capture usage in animation. After selling his software to Motion Analysis Corporation, Menache moved on to Pacific Data Images, a computer graphics industry leader, where he is the lead character technical director at the commercial and film effects division. His latest production credits include the film Forces of Nature, commercials for SEGA, Circle K and Pillsbury, the award-winning music video for TLC's "Waterfalls", and dozens of video games, including Dark Ridge, Messiah and Soul Blade.

Reviews

"Modern motion capture has proven to be a groundbreaking tool in VFX, when used properly. The latest edition of Understanding Motion Capture will help make sure that you know how and when to use this technology... and perhaps more importantly, when not to use it!" —Scott Stokdyk, Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor