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Researchers Use a 480-Camera Dome to More Accurately Capture 3D Motion

Using a dome with 480 cameras researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a new way to create motion capture without those little reflective balls. Traditional 3D motion capture technologies, amazing though they are, are limited. They only give you a small number of data points to work with, and while they seem to capture Read MoreRead More

Ape Acting

Mike Seymour digs into the process of turning mocap actors into living breathing digital apes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   Rise of the Planet of the Apes focused on a scientist who adopted an ape in the science-run-amok break-out hit film of 2011. Dawn of Planet of Apes focuses on an ape who deals with Shakespearean Read MoreRead More

Motion Capture of Actors Real With Conventional Cameras

Those funny motion capture suits may be a thing of the past. Computer Scientists and filmmakers are working together demonstrating the capability of systems to track and replicate movement with regular video cameras. While movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Ted” still combined real actors with digital counterparts, the well-known director Steven Spielberg focused entirely on Read MoreRead More

Disney Research: Not Your Father’s Mickey

Bob Sumner, Disney Research Zurich’s associate director and head of the animation and interactive graphics research group, presents the lab’s work on computer-assisted techniques for artists working in traditional, hand-drawn animation. He also describes new techniques for modeling human faces down to pore level for believable, hyper-realistic visages, the holy grail of special effects. Read More