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Animation Made Easy


The new software offers novice animators the possibility to bring characters to life.

Researchers from ETH Zurich and Disney Research have developed software that makes it easier to animate characters.

Credit: Disney Research

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and at Disney Research have developed software that makes it easier to animate characters in the entertainment industry.

Using conventional animation methods, characters' temporal and spatial transformation must be animated separately, which makes the process complicated.

The ETH Zurich researchers counteract this problem by integrating MoCurves, a specially developed tool, into the animation process. Each MoCurve represents the movement of an animated item, and this movement can be decelerated or accelerated via the extension or contraction of the curve at specific points.

The team already has successfully tested the software, as five inexperienced test subjects were able to create various motion sequences after completing a 15-minute introduction.

In addition, the researchers received positive feedback from professional artists, who said it made creating animations significantly faster.

"Our easy-to-use software gives anyone and everyone the ability to tell animated stories," says ETH Zurich researcher Loic Ciccone.

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