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Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation


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The essential resource for anyone using motion capture for film, video, digital design, visualization, games, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Motion Capture Primer2. Motion Capture Case Studies and Controversy3. The Motion Capture Session4. The Motion Data5. Setting Up Your Character

AppendixA. Motion Capture Equipment and Software ManufacturersB. Motion Capture Service ProvidersC. Web Resources

About the Author

Alberto Menache is a pioneer in the field of motion capture technology. He founded one of the first motion capture companies - Three Space Imagery, Inc., that developed proprietary software for motion capture animation. The rights to the software were sold to a leading motion capture company and it continues to be an integral part of the motion capture industry today. Mr. Menache is currently the CEO of Menache LLC, a company that develops wireless technologies for motion capture. Mr. Menache was a Digital Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures' Imageworks. He was a primary contributor to many of the company's visual effects productions, including such blockbuster films as "Spiderman," "The Polar Express," and "Superman Returns." In addition to having primary responsibility for digital effects and motion capture efforts, Mr. Menache designed and led implementation of the company's proprietary muscular deformation and facial animation systems. Alberto holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in mathematics and computer science.


"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

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