The Computer Animation Dictionary: Including Related Terms by Robi Roncarelli

By Robi Roncarelli

Dr AIvy Ray Smith government vice chairman, Pixar The pOlyglot language of machine animation has arisen piecemeal as a set of phrases borrowed from geometry, movie, video, portray, traditional animation, special effects, desktop technology, and publishing - actually, from each older artwork or technology which has whatever to do with photographs and imagine making. Robi Roncarelli, who has already established his foresight by way of officially settling on a nascent and addressing his laptop Animation publication to it, the following back makes an invaluable contribution to it via codifying its jargon. My excitement in interpreting his dictionary comes also from the various ancient notes sprinkled all through and from shock entries akin to the only relating Zimbabwe. simply as Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language used to be an incredible strength in stabilizing the spelling of English, probably this one will serve the same function for machine animation. of my pets are "color" for "colour" and "modeling" "modelling", less than the rule of thumb that the shorter authorized spelling is usually greatest. [Robi, are you interpreting this?] [Yes, AIvy!] Now I commend this publication to you, even if you be a newcomer or an oldtimer.

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Fractals are mathematical descriptions of irregular shapes that occur in nature (ie: trees, mountains, coastlines) that nevertheless have sufficient regularity to be programmed into a computer using simple recursive or iterative functions. An important concept is that images are self-similar at different magnifications. This branch of geometry can be used to describe many natural Objects more efficiently than with plane and/or solid geometry. See also, Mandelbrot, Mandelbrot Set. frame - One complete image displayed on the face of a CRT, or produced onto photographic film, or videotape, by a camera.

51 GRAFEDIT - A graphics editor program, developed by a group under the direction of Nadia Magnenat-Thalman in 1981. graftal - A type of procedural modeling that creates plants and trees by describing them in mathematical terms, using algorithms developed by Alvy Ray Smith (which he based ultimately on math by Lindenmayer). graphic display device - A display terminal or monitor used to display data in graphic form. The most common type of graphic displays are direct view storage tubes (DVST), raster refresh devices and vector (or vector stroke) refresh devices.

Fractal - A term, coined by Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, for defining certain types of geometry. Fractals are mathematical descriptions of irregular shapes that occur in nature (ie: trees, mountains, coastlines) that nevertheless have sufficient regularity to be programmed into a computer using simple recursive or iterative functions. An important concept is that images are self-similar at different magnifications. This branch of geometry can be used to describe many natural Objects more efficiently than with plane and/or solid geometry.

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