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rotoscope

[ roh-toh-skohp ]
/ ˈroʊ toʊˌskoʊp /
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noun
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.
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.
Movies, Graphic Arts. to trace (live-action footage) and transform it into animated sequences.
Digital Technology. to merge (elements of live action and digital graphics) by utilizing a software application that creates composite images.
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Origin of rotoscope

First recorded in 1935–40; roto + -scope
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British Dictionary definitions for rotoscope

rotoscope
/ (ˈrəʊtəˌskəʊp) /

noun
a projection device that allows images from live-action films to be traced to create an animated sequence
verb
(tr) to create (the outline of an object) for manipulation in an animated film sequence
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