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View Motion Capture

Motion Capture is the process of creating motion data from an original performance by live actors.  This can involve the use of markers on a suit, or a telemetry suit (which transmits joint rotations directly to the computer).  New markerless systems are available, and supposedly make the process easier. Motion capture is an effective technique to create otherworldly or unnatural charater performances.  It is helpful when a synthetic character must be added to exisitng characters within a live action shot.  Motion capture on traditional cartoon characters tends to be odd; the human body does not adhere to cartoon dynamics or animation rules, and therefore is not the best choice of method if traditional-feeling animation is required.  Most animators do not consider motion capture to be animation, and they have a disdain for the process.  That said, motion capture is a tool, and when used correctly, it is very effective.