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TOPIC: The Independent Animator - Motion Capture

The Independent Animator - Motion Capture 10 Nov 2014 01:38 #5719

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Modern technology has presented a myriad of possibilities to people, many of which were not even conceivable a few years ago. A grand creation of modern technology has been the X-Box's Kinect; many who argue that its tracking capability was subpar, however an animator would say otherwise. There have been a few companies that have developed software for the Kinect that allow it to be used as a low-budget motion-capture (mocap) system.

Motion Capture has long been a process limited to big budget companies, however with a Kinect, a powerful computer, software and a few minor adjustments and re-calibrations, I have been able to improve my workflow by crating more realistic animations, thus allowing me to place more focus on visual effects, such as explosions and other such staples of action movies.

As time passes, it is now more evident that film-making is no longer the sole property of the large studios; now anyone who has the determination, skills, and some money to invest can create a full-fledged film of high quality product without having to spend a great amount of money or time.
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The Independent Animator - Motion Capture 10 Nov 2014 03:07 #5725

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Animation is amazing. From the creator's idea, which almosst always never fails, to the time and effort placed on one. Because animation requires a lot of investment, the people investing in it have to be convinced that it will profit. It is unfortunate that this is how the industry runs, and that for this reason drama films continue to profit the most. I personally think animation is the best though. You can really get creative with it.

It is interesting how easy the solution to this is for you. I would have no patience for finding a powerful computer, software, and making adjustments. But someone the other day told me that "patience is virtue". I like how you also state that you would like your animations to be more realistic. I realize that this is the reason why many of us become so attached to animations..the subtle gestures/expressions of the characters yet the fact that the characters are not real triggers the creativity of the audience.

It is great that you are going to animation and is obviously passionate about it. Most importantly, you don't let yourself be discouraged by technicalities. I enjoy watching short animations on youtube when I get the chance, so if you ever make an animation be sure to upload it.
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