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Published May 22, 2023, 5:20 a.m. by Arrik Motley


In the early days of animation, before the days of computers, each frame was drawn by hand. This was a time-consuming process, and it was often necessary to use shortcuts to get the job done. One of these shortcuts was the use of rotoscoping.

Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace over live-action footage to create their animation. This was often used for walk cycles and other repetitive motions. It was also used to create the illusion of movement in objects that didn’t naturally move, like trees and rocks.

The first rotoscope was invented in 1915 by Polish-American animator Max Fleischer. He used it to create the rotoscoped walk cycles in his popular “Out of the Inkwell” cartoons.

Rotoscoping was used extensively in the early days of animation. It was used in Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Fantasia”, as well as in Fleischer’s “Popeye” and “ Betty Boop” cartoons.

Rotoscoping fell out of favor in the 1950s as animation techniques improved. The introduction of xerography, which allowed animators to photocopy their drawings onto cels, made rotoscoping unnecessary.

However, rotoscoping has seen a resurgence in recent years with the advent of computer-generated animation. cgi animators often use rotoscoping to create realistic human movements.

Rotoscoping has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the early days of animation. Today, it is an essential tool for cgi animators.

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