Disney Introduces Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras

Disney has created an system of automatically cutting multiple camera angles using computer algorithms. We present an approach that takes multiple videos captured by social cameras that are carried or worn by members of the group involved in an activity—and produces a coherent “cut” video of the activity. Footage from social cameras contains an intimate, Read MoreRead More

Using Live Action Reference Plates for Disney’s the Little Mermaid

Once the voice recordings were finished, Disney animators used Sheri Stone to personify Ariel’s movements which were referenced in the animation process. Disney is reissuing The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray and there are some amazing extras that might be new to even cult Disney fans. (Like, for example, a look at a deleted character called Harold The Read MoreRead More

DuctTake – Seam Based Compositng

Researchers at Disney Zurich have developed a new approach to compositing multiple takes together – a seam based approach that can handle difficult tasks such as composting moving cameras. Click here for the Official White Paper. Video compositing to create special effects, replace backgrounds or combine multiple takes of an actor’s performance is an integral, Read MoreRead More

Filmmaking Tips From the Disney Masters

Jonathan Cooper details some advice from the animators and filmmaker at Disney Studios. #1. Find a Hook for Your Character - Andreas Deja Use your life experience when making artistic choices Draw on your memories to add depth to characters Always ask: what is this character thinking and why is he thinking that way? #2. Don’t Animate Drawings, Animate Feelings - Read MoreRead More

Paperman – A Oscar Nominated Short Mixing Traditional Animation with CGI

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an Read MoreRead More

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