Computer Animation,
Edition 3 Algorithms and Techniques
By Rick Parent, Ph.D.

Publication Date: 29 Aug 2012

Driven by demand from the entertainment industry for better and more realistic animation, technology continues to evolve and improve. The algorithms and techniques behind this technology are the foundation of this comprehensive book, which is written to teach you the fundamentals of animation programming.

In this third edition, the most current techniques are covered along with the theory and high-level computation that have earned the book a reputation as the best technically-oriented animation resource. Key topics such as fluids, hair, and crowd animation have been expanded, and extensive new coverage of clothes and cloth has been added. New material on simulation provides a more diverse look at this important area and more example animations and chapter projects and exercises are included. Additionally, spline coverage has been expanded and new video compression and formats (e.g., iTunes) are covered.

Key Features

  • Includes companion site with contemporary animation examples drawn from research and entertainment, sample animations, and example code
  • Describes the key mathematical and algorithmic foundations of animation that provide you with a deep understanding and control of technique
  • Expanded and new coverage of key topics including: fluids and clouds, cloth and clothes, hair, and crowd animation
  • Explains the algorithms used for path following, hierarchical kinematic modelling, rigid body dynamics, flocking behaviour, particle systems, collision detection, and more
About the author
By Rick Parent, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State
Table of Contents




Organization of the Book


About the Author

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Motion 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 Summary


Chapter 2. Technical Background

2.1 Spaces and transformations

2.2 Orientation representation

2.3 Summary


Chapter 3. Interpolating Values

3.1 Interpolation

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


Chapter 4. Interpolation-Based Animation

4.1 Key-frame systems

4.2 Animation languages

4.3 Deforming objects

4.4 Three-dimensional shape interpolation

4.5 Morphing (two-dimensional)

4.6 Chapter summary


Chapter 5. Kinematic Linkages

5.1 Hierarchical modeling

5.2 Forward kinematics

5.3 Inverse kinematics

5.4 Chapter summary


Chapter 6. Motion Capture

6.1 Motion capture technologies

6.2 Processing the images

6.3 Camera calibration

6.4 Three-dimensional 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


Chapter 7. Physically Based Animation

7.1 Basic physics—a review

7.2 Spring animation examples

7.3 Particle systems

7.4 Rigid body simulation

7.5 Cloth

7.6 Enforcing soft and hard constraints

7.7 Chapter summary


Chapter 8. Fluids: Liquids and Gases

8.1 Specific fluid models

8.2 Computational fluid dynamics

8.3 Chapter summary


Chapter 9. Modeling and Animating Human Figures

9.1 Overview of virtual human representation

9.2 Reaching and grasping

9.3 Walking

9.4 Coverings

9.5 Chapter summary


Chapter 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


Chapter 11. Behavioral Animation

11.1 Primitive behaviors

11.2 Knowledge of the environment

11.3 Modeling intelligent behavior

11.4 Crowds

11.6 Chapter summary


Chapter 12. Special Models for Animation

12.1 Implicit surfaces

12.2 Plants

12.3 Subdivision surfaces

12.4 Chapter summary


APPENDIX A: Rendering Issues

APPENDIX 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 Optimization

B.10 Standards for moving pictures

B.11 Camera calibration


Book details
ISBN: 9780124158429
Page Count: 542
Retail Price : £50.99

Kerlow: The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects, 3e (2003, $60.00, 0471430366, 464 pp, Wiley)

Parent: Computer Animation (2001, $78.95, 1558605797, 552 pages, Morgan Kaufmann)

Parent: Computer Animation, 2e (2008), $73.95, 9780125320009, 594 pp, Morgan Kaufmann)

Students studying computer animation in courses with an emphasis on understanding algorithms and programming. Technical directors, animators, artists, and game developers looking to understand the foundations of animation to improve studio work