Types Of Computer Animations

What are the types of computer animations? Over decades, artists have used various types of computer animations to enable the process to photo editing or movie making be easier, faster and more cost effective. Computer animations have led to realization of some realism that was difficult to be accomplished during animation drawing in the old film making animations. There exist different types of computer animation that serve varieties of purposes and they include:

Computer Assist

Various old animations for commercial purposes had employed sequential drawn animations which employed computer assistance. These computers could produce images which connected similar series of images given by the artist. These types of computer animation were first used in 1986 for Disney’s film called ‘The Great Mouse Detective’.

Script and Control

Today these types of computer animations use motion control systems in which the artist operate and move created object in a series of poses. This shows motions that eventually lead to the image being in motion.

Actor Script Animation System (ASAS) is the scripting system that first did motion control animation. Here the computer programmer or rather the artist writes down the codes with computer language so as to produce the object and impart movement to the object.

Through usage of more abstract interface, animators are capable of having interactive systems that enable more interaction with the object and images. Based upon the animator’s input, codes can be generated automatically making it possible to use the visual interface and manipulate the object using the mouse, keyboard and other devices that can input.

This is also used where older film techniques of animation work. Earlier times of cinemas, photographed images were added some animated elements like the backdrops or models were used and had to be carefully, diligently and attentively blended in with the other live footage. This made it a lengthy process to come up with a single image and become costly thus quite often it was used in highly sponsored films.

Since the invention of green and blue screens, it has replaced all these tedious activities involved in film-making as it operated images and selected portions that were to be removed using computers and inserted images from other sources; either some pieces of animations or photographs.

Motion Capture

These are other types of computer animations which have attracted attention recently. Their working is based on some pretty small sensors which are attached on actors’ body at different points. As the actors are in movement when performing their movements are captured by the camera which locate the sensors and follow their course of motion.

Then a computer-designed figure input the motion so as to produce the precise moves in the same way the actors did. Motion capture has been very vital in bridging the new technology to the old film-making approaches. This type of computer animation is noticeable in the film ‘Beowulf’ of 2007.

Flash Animation

Flash animation production are the final types of computer animations. Its production is inexpensive though it has limitations in style and movement. It is widely used in advertisement and on websites as video content. It produces movement by using vectors through using software that has the object apropos information and generate a formula which describes its movement.