As passionate and lucrative a career in animation may look like, it’s several times more tedious and time –consuming. Animating every detail- cloth, hair, makeup, every instance is a greatly labor-intensive job. Thanks to the era of Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence – this industry is smoothening over time.
The first name that comes to our mind when we hear ‘animation’ is Walt Disney. Walt Disney is now a company worth billions, which was developed on pure hard work devoid of any support of AI. Back in those days, the animation used to be a very labor-intensive job and animators or cartoonists had to manually draw each second’s scene to film the entire production. Gradually, the planet saw the emergence of 2D and then 3D animation that rapidly changed the face of the animation industry. However, even with the advent of these, animation still needed manual inputs from animators and cartoonists.
To reduce the workload and make the process of production more efficient and a thousand times more productive, Artificial Intelligence has been introduced in the market. Now, this may not be an unfamiliar concept among many but for those who don’t know exactly what it is and how it impacts the industry of animation, here’s the guide to it.
AI algorithms are rapidly being introduced by animators in their creations. AI challenges the conventional forms of animation and changes the way innovation and creation to unseen levels. AI algorithms take over the entire process of animation drawing from manual mode to digitalized, machine-made mode, and leave a cut edge competition in the market. The way AI is implemented in cartoon drawings, character movements, and in planning consecutive steps shows how graceful the animation platform can be made.
AI algorithms have proved to decrease the time requirement and preciseness of the characters as compared to manual drawings. AI algorithms are specialized to take care of every possible math involved in animation – starting from geometry, pixel, 3D animation and modelling effects, story integration, texturing, and every other detail. AI crafted characters often seem so surreal that an inexperienced eye will fail to distinguish between real and animated. Evidently enough, AI has implanted significant bonuses to this market.
AI has redefined the resolution game completely. AI-based rendering generates greater resolution and sharper pictures using fewer pixels. DLSS 2.0, an improved deep learning neural network that enhances frame rates to generate crisper images and increase output resolution. This is extensively used by game developers today and gives space for creating up to even 4X resolution in the game. These supercomputer based techniques of enhancing animation quality also make use of a unique approach of predicting future images or frames called ‘temporary feedback’. Game elements such as posters, maps have seen remarkable evolution with these techniques.
AI use to needs human handling but thanks to the technology itself, it has significantly curbed the workload and manual labor that the animation industry had to employ for so many years. AI is now used in almost every animation company – from producing video games, 3D trailers, to short films, actual cinemas. Companies are coming up with sophisticated algorithms and higher tech-enabled AI’s now and then. Such highly sophisticated technologies are making work-life simpler every second. AI is capable of handling visual effects, to plan a production, to escalate production rate, innovate new concepts, make calculations faster and simpler, consult regarding business matters related to animation and whatnot.
Essentially, that day isn’t far enough when we see a fully automated factory where producers, animators, workers, consultants all are housed by a single roof – the AI.