Motion Capture

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  1. monosierra

    monosierra Well-Known Member

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    Did ILM use motion capture to animate the TFs? Does anyone have any idea? Their moves looked pretty sleek.
     
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    most, if not all major companies use motion capture in at least some of their scenes, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't use a skater for bonecrusher in the scene of him chasing optimus
     
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    But its not entirely motion capture right? As in, not all actions are based on mo-cap?
     
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    no, animations aren't ever entirely motion capture ( at least I don't believe they should be) because humans cant do whats in the movie for animation, granted we could with the help of rotating machines and whatnot, but it would look clunky and gross
     
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    These animations possibly use a motion capture basis, but they are all reworked to be better. Motion capture gives you animation accurate for a living human, but alone it doesn't work well for CG models. It records the movements alright, but it almost always lack the feeling of weight and the more subtle motions. It has to be put back by exaggerating the movements, even more so when you're animating giant robots.

    It's kinda the same difference as between traditional 2D animation and rotoscoping, when you trace over live-action footage. It provides a basis, but just doesn't work quite well without being redrawn by an animator.
     
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    Oh OK. I'd been thinking they did a Gollum/King Kong again and based the TFs actions on the mo-cap actors alone.
     
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    Well, Gollum had his motion capture data enhanced by artists too. the actor is there to provide distinct, well, acting and character but they still need animators to make the result excellent. It's really useful, but it's still raw material you have to polish.
     
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    Can't wait to see the Behind The Scenes footage. Bay is famous for blowing up at his cast and crew.
     
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    If I remember correctly, Bay even talked about this on tha last interview posted (IGN?); they use motion capture for the basics and have the animators enhance and tweak it to make it more believeable.

    Straight-up motion capture never really works out, they'll always need the animators to filter it.
     
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    I'm guessing the Megatron-Kicks-Jazz sequence goes like this:

    Jazz has just whacked a Decepticon and is gloating about it on the rooftop when Megatron is seen behind him. The others warn Jazz but he doesn't hear it. Next thing he knows Megatron has slammed him bad. Later, Ratchet tends to him.
     

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