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rotoscope

[ roh-toh-skohp ]

noun

  1. Movies, Graphic Arts. a device that traces live-action footage and transforms it into animated sequences, used mostly in the 20th century before being replaced by digital technology.
  2. Digital Technology. a software application that merges live-action footage with digital animation and other graphics to create composite images.


verb (used with object)

, ro·to·scoped, ro·to·scop·ing.
  1. Movies, Graphic Arts. to trace (live-action footage) and transform it into animated sequences.
  2. Digital Technology. to merge (elements of live action and digital graphics) by utilizing a software application that creates composite images.

rotoscope

/ ˈrəʊtəˌskəʊp /

noun

  1. a projection device that allows images from live-action films to be traced to create an animated sequence


verb

  1. tr to create (the outline of an object) for manipulation in an animated film sequence

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rotoscope1

First recorded in 1935–40; roto ( def ) + -scope ( def )

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