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Old 11-12-2012, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know, but it was really cool.
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Neet as heck for sure
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The magic of motion capture and motion tracking / compositing. I now teach this stuff to new generations of students after having done this for a career for 20 years!
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The magic of motion capture and motion tracking / compositing. I now teach this stuff to new generations of students after having done this for a career for 20 years!
My hat's off to you...is that what they used to call "stop motion" then? That sort of ingeneqity coupled with CGI it is beyond amazing to me, truly fascinated.
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It's *kinda* like stop-motion.
The workflow now is you shoot your live footage - keeping in mind where you want your CG character to be placed in the shot. Then, in the computer, you use specialized software to 'track' the motion of the camera. This allows you to simulate the camera moves in 3D space so that you can then animate a digital character TO THAT CAMERA. Then the individual character animation is rendered out separately because it then goes to another piece of specialized software for compositing - or making the animated character 'live' in the original shot.

The end of this particular shot has the cg character transform into a motorcycle that was really there on set. So, the animator and the compositor must be sure to make the character's end position resemble the motorcycle's position as closely as possible in the software. The closer they can make it appear, the easier it is to fade out parts of the digital character in order to reveal the real bike that has been there the entire time.

Now, there is a lot more to it than that - many other important pieces to the creation of the character and all - but that is the general gist of how the shot is generated.
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That was wicked cool....thanks for posting!
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there is a lot more to it than that - but that is the general gist of how the shot is generated.
Yeah, even that description had me hypnotized - so clever. Some of that I seem to recall being pioneered by the Lucas / StarWars work way back when...and look where we've come....flash forward to Avatar - it boggles my mind. If I was choosing a career today I'd head in that direction for sure!
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It's a pretty amazing field to be in. There is ALWAYS something new to figure out and to learn!
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Thanks for showing that. It's way cool
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