Virtual camera planning: A survey

Marc Christie, Rumesh Machap, Jean Marie Normand, Patrick Olivier, Jonathan Pickering

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Modelling, animation and rendering has dominated research computer graphics yielding increasingly rich and realistic virtual worlds. The complexity, richness and quality of the virtual worlds are viewed through a single media that is a virtual camera. In order to properly convey information, whether related to the characters in a scene, the aesthetics of the composition or the emotional impact of the lighting, particular attention must be given to how the camera is positioned and moved. This paper presents an overview of automated camera planning techniques. After analyzing the requirements with respect to shot properties, we review the solution techniques and present a broad classification of existing approaches. We identify the principal shortcomings of existing techniques and propose a set of objectives for research into automated camera planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-52
Number of pages13
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2005
Event5th International Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2005 - Frauenworth Cloister, Germany
Duration: 22 Aug 200524 Aug 2005

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Christie, M., Machap, R., Normand, J. M., Olivier, P., & Pickering, J. (2005). Virtual camera planning: A survey. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3638, 40-52.