Definition of rotoscope in English:


Syllabification: ro·to·scope
Pronunciation: /ˈrōtəˌskōp


  • 1A device that projects and enlarges individual frames of filmed live action to permit them to be used to create cartoon animation and composite film sequences.
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    • Using a computerized rotoscope, the descendent of technology used in Gulliver's Travels, or that weird Lord of the Rings cartoon, the simplicity of this movie is devastating.
  • 1.1A computer application that combines live action and other images in a film.


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  • Transfer (an image from live action film) into another film sequence using a rotoscope.
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    • The 8-ball crusty had to be manually rotoscoped out, frame by painful frame.
    • He has returned here to the form of animation he first used in Waking Life, rotoscoping a mixture of live action and animation.


1950s: origin obscure; perhaps the same word as 19th-century rotascope, denoting a kind of gyroscope.

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