Computer Animation

  • Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
  • Daniel Thalmann
Part of the Computer Science Workbench book series (WORKBENCH)


Although computer plays an ever-increasing role in animation, the term “computer animation” is imprecise and can sometimes be misleading. This is because the computer can play a variety of different roles:
  1. 1.
    In the creation of drawings
    1. i)

      Key drawings can be digitized.

    2. ii)

      Key drawings can be created with an interactive graphics editor

    3. iii)

      Complex objects can be produced by programming

  2. 2.

    In-betweens can be completely calculated or complex motions can be directly generated by the computer

  3. 3.

    In coloring

    Drawings can be painted using an interactive computer system or complex and realistic images can be generated.

  4. 4.

    In shooting

    A physical camera can be controlled by computer, or virtual cameras can be completely programmed.

  5. 5.

    At the postproduction stage

    Editing and synchronization can be controlled by computer.



Computer Animation Graphic Editor Virtual Camera Animation System Interactive Computer System 


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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Tokoyo 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
    • 1
  • Daniel Thalmann
    • 2
  1. 1.MIRALab, CUIUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Computer Graphics LabSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland

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