Today’s Video of the Day comes from the University of Bath and features a look at how real dogs are helping make animal animation more realistic.
Outfitted with special sensors, representatives from a variety of different dog breeds provide motion data, which help improve visual effects in both movies and video games.
“At the moment, actors have to walk around on all fours, and the computer software changes them into an animal,” explained Martin Parsons, Head of Studio at the Centre for Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research & Applications (CAMERA). “What we want to do is to look at the movements of the human actor and then use a kind of translator to look at a library of real animal data to make the character on the screen move in a realistic way. It works a bit like a puppeteer, with the actor using their whole body to drive the animal avatar.”
Video Credit: University of Bath