Digital Media: Lecture 3

I found this Lecture really interesting, we learnt about mashups, something which I have been constantly using in my life and never realised it. Mashups do what it says on the tin, they take 2 or more things and mash them together.

The most common mashups are face mashups. Monoface being the most famous, it lets you mash up parts of the face to create surreal photos.

Perhaps one of my favourite types of mashups in Rotoscoping, again something I had constantly seen yet never knew I was witnessing it.

Wikipedia’s description of rotoscoping

Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action film movement, frame by frame, for use in animated films.[1]Originally, recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope, although this device has been replaced by computers in recent years. In the visual effects industry, the term rotoscoping refers to the technique of manually creating a matte for an element on a live-action plate so it may be composited over another background.

Another Rotoscope was invented by LeRoy Wottring for orthoptic training. See patent 2316139. The device was manufactured by the Wottring Instrument Company of Columbus, Ohio. In 1950, American Optical purchased the assets of Wottring Instruments and continued to build and market the product. Orthoptic training was used for a variety of eye conditions including amblyopia.

Listen to these 2 TED videos on mashups…


Perhaps the most addictive mashup is the UK Police. This allows you to see where crimes have been committed anywhere in the UK. You can check your postcode.

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