Definition of pixilation in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪksɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
(also pixillation)


[mass noun]
1A technique used in film whereby the movements of real people are filmed or edited in such a way that they appear to move like artificial animations.
Example sentences
  • He reinvented a technique (usually called pixillation) for the animation of live actors that had been used in the early days of French cinema for trick effects.
  • The credit sequence was designed, and hand-made, by Bass, using animation, pixilation, and live-action photography.
  • He did not draw characters on celluloid sheets but rather used the process of pixillation, filming puppets in different poses to illustrate motion.
2The state of being pixilated.
Example sentences
  • When nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, he asks why women are still in a state of collective pixilation about weddings.
3 variant spelling of pixelation (see pixelate).
Example sentences
  • Worse is TiVo's pixilation problem, reminiscent of the early days of DirecTV when its digital pictures would freeze up and tiny pixels would appear on the screen.
  • The pixilation around the right side of the dog's jaw is also a giveaway that this picture has been modified.
  • There's some evidence of banding and pixilation, although the colors match well what you see on the screen.

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