Chapter 6 Computer-Based Animation

To animate something is, literally, to bring it to life. An animation covers all changes that have a visual effect. Visual effects can be very different attributes: positions (motion dynamics), form, color, transparency, structure, and texture of an object (update dynamics), as well as changes in lighting, camera position, orientation, and focus.

This chapter covers primarily computer-based animation, since this type of animation constitutes a “medium” of integrated multimedia systems. Today, computer-based animations are produced, edited, and generated with the help of a computer using graphical tools to create visual effects. Naturally, the discipline of traditional, noncomputer-based animation continues ...

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