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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2006 Vol.7 No.7 P.1141-1151

http://doi.org/10.1631/jzus.2006.A1141


Schematic interface of sound creation for computer animators


Author(s):  TONG Kam-pang Maya, WONG Kam-wah

Affiliation(s):  School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Corresponding email(s):   50346861@student.cityu.edu.hk, smkam@cityu.edu.hk

Key Words:  Computer animation, Multimedia, Digital media, Schematics, Physical simulation, Aesthetic, Sound effects, Soundtrack


TONG Kam-pang Maya, WONG Kam-wah. Schematic interface of sound creation for computer animators[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2006, 7(7): 1141-1151.

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Abstract: 
As an audiovisual medium, computer animations require superior image quality and professional soundtrack to lead audiences into their fascinating virtual world. Without sound, the impact of storytelling is reduced or the story is even not understandable. Despite the importance of sound, most animators are unfamiliar with sound editing software. Limited budget projects such as independent or student works have difficulty hiring sound professionals to create tailor-made soundtrack. Therefore, we need a suitable sound tool to express their individual ideas. In this paper, we propose an approach using schematic for both computer animation and sound. Our approach provides (1) physical simulation on sound through animation parameters and (2) a new channel for animators to add aesthetic values in sound through their experience of using schematics in existing animation software. We demonstrate our idea through several examples, such as Doppler shift, obstacle effect, importance, energetic, and sputtering effect.

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