Computer Graphics World

JUNE 2010

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Customized Power The Mac Pro Workstation featuring Adobe® CS5 Chronophotograph by Étienne-Jules Marey capturing the skeletal movement of an athlete. tiple albums containing these on the shelves of nearby bookstores—invaluable references for all animators. Another significant figure of early motion capture, and a friend and competitor of Muy- bridge, was Étienne-Jules Marey, a French scientist and chronophotographer. He was obsessed with human and animal motion, and developed new, innovative techniques to aid his studies. His revolutionary idea was to record several phases of movement on the same photographic plate. In order to achieve this, he needed a fundamentally new kind of instrument, and built his high-speed “chrono- photographic gun” in 1882 that was capable of shooting 12 consecutive frames a second. Using his device—which he later improved significantly—he studied horses, birds, dogs, donkeys, sheep, elephants, fish, and more. He was the first to capture how birds and insects fly—a significant accomplishment employed by aviation engineers not much after. Marey also conducted a study about cats always land- ing on their feet, and found that without any external force, they are indeed capable of twist- ing their body in air. Chickens, rabbits, and puppies were subjected to the same test, but only the rabbits came out on top.... Being a man of medicine, Marey became fascinated by the internal movements of the body and studied blood circulation, respira- tion, heart beats, and skeletal movements. For the latter, he used a similar technique to current optical motion capture: He attached reflective markers to the joints of actors wear- ing a black suit so he could capture the skel- etal movement during walking and running cycles. While Muybridge was primarily a pho- tographer with great engineering and scientific skills, Marey was an educated scientist execut- ing innovative measurements. 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