Computer Animation

Computer Animation : Algorithms and Techniques

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Driven by the demands of research and the entertainment industry, the techniques of animation are pushed to render increasingly complex objects with ever-greater life-like appearance and motion. This rapid progression of knowledge and technique impacts professional developers, as well as students. Developers must maintain their understanding of conceptual foundations, while their animation tools become ever more complex and specialized. The second edition of Rick Parent's Computer Animation is an excellent resource for the designers who must meet this challenge. The first edition established its reputation as the best technically oriented animation text. This new edition focuses on the many recent developments in animation technology, including fluid animation, human figure animation, and soft body animation. The new edition revises and expands coverage of topics such as quaternions, natural phenomenon, facial animation, and inverse kinematics. The book includes up-to-date discussions of Maya scripting and the Maya C++ API, programming on real-time 3D graphics hardware, collision detection, motion capture, and motion capture data processing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 194 x 236 x 30mm | 1,478.7g
  • Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Approx. 390 illustrations
  • 0125320000
  • 9780125320009
  • 540,507

Table of contents

1. Introduction

1.1 Perception
1.2 The Heritage of Animation
1.3 Animation Production
1.4 Computer Animation Production
1.5 A Brief History of Computer Animation
1.6 Chapter Summary

2. Technical Background

2.1 Spaces and Transformations
2.2 Orientation Representation
2.3 Chapter Summary

3. Interpolation

3.1 Interpolating Values
3.2 Controlling the Motion of a Point Along a Curve
3.3 Interpolation of Orientations
3.4 Working with Paths
3.5 Chapter Summary

4. Interpolation -Based Animation

4.1 Key-Frame Systems
4.2 Animation Languages
4.3 Deforming Objects
4.4 3D Shape Interpolation
4.5 Morphing (2D)
4.6 Chapter Summary

5. Kinematic Linkages

5.1 Hierarchical Modeling
5.2 Forward Kinematics
5.3 Inverse Kinematics
5.4 Chapter Summary

6. Motion Capture

6.1 Motion Capture Technologies
6.2 Processing the Images
6.3 Camera Calibration
6.4 3D Position Reconstruction
6.5 Fitting to the Skeleton
6.6 Output from Motion Capture Systems
6.7 Manipulating Motion Capture Data
6.8 Chapter Summary

7. Physically Based Animation

7.1 Basic Physics - A Review
7.2 Spring Meshes
7.3 Particle Systems
7.4 Rigid Body Simulation
7.5 Enforcing Soft and Hard Constraints
7.6 Chapter Summary

8. Fluids: Liquids & Gases

8.1 Specific Fluid Models
8.2 Computational Fluid Dynamics
8.3 Chapter Summary

9. Modeling and Animating Human Figures

9.1 Overview of Virtual Human Representation
9.2 Reaching and Grasping
9.3 Walking
9.4 Getting Dressed Up
9.5 Chapter Summary

10. Facial Animation

10.1 The Human Face
10.2 Facial Models
10.3 Animating the Face
10.4 Lip-Sync Animation
10.5 Chapter Summary

11. Modeling Behavior

11.1 Knowing the Environment
11.2 Aggregate Behavior
11.3 Primitive Behaviors
11.4 Modeling Intelligent Behavior
11.5 Crowd Management
11.6 Chapter Summary

12. Special Models for Animation

12.1 Implicit Surfaces
12.2 Plants
12.3 Subdivision Surfaces
12.4 Chapter Summary

App A. Rendering Issues

A.1 Double Buffering
A.2 Compositing
A.3 Displaying Moving Objects: Motion Blur
A.4 Drop Shadows
A.5 Billboarding and Impostors
A.6 Summary

App B. Background Information and Techniques

B.1 Vectors and Matrices
B.2 Geometric Computations
B.3 Transformations
B.4 Denevit and Hartenberg Representation for Linked Appendages
B.5 Interpolating and Approximating Curves
B.6 Randomness
B.7 Physics Primer
B.8 Numerical Integration Techniques
B.9 Standards for Moving Pictures
B.10 Camera Calibration
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"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in computer animation programming or for anyone who simply wants to get under the hood of their favorite animation application." -Mike Caputo, President, Animation Bureau
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"There is no serious competition for my course. Parent is by far the best text out there. A new edition would be great. If not, then please keep the first one in print!" Christian Darken, Naval Postgraduate School
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About Rick Parent

Rick Parent is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches computer graphics and computer animation. His research in computer animation focuses on its relation to modeling and animating the human figure, with special emphasis on geometric modeling and implicit surfaces. Rick earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Ohio State University and a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Dayton. In 1977, he was awarded "Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award" (one of four given nationally) by the NCC. He has served on numerous SIGGRAPH committees, in addition to the Computer Graphics International 2000 Program Committee and the Computer Animation '99 Program Committee and is on the editorial board of the Visual Computer Journal.
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