The FX History of the Dinosaur Input Device!

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Modelmaker and fabricator Sean Charlesworth shares a rare piece of special effects history: a Dinosaur Input Device (DID) made by the stop-motion animators at Tippett Studio to help in the animation of the first digital movie creatures. Here's how this unique device bridges the transition from physical animated puppets to the digitally rigged characters that appeared in groundbreaking effects films like Jurassic Park!

Read more about the history of the DiD here: vfxblog.com/dinosaurinputdevice/

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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

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    Watch this episode in VR here! www.oculus.com/experiences/media/802834256715296/314731960227532/

  2. Eliot Brown

    Eliot Brown

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    Extraordinarily cool.

  3. Sean Charlesworth

    Sean Charlesworth

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    Also checkout the 2012 Tested video with Phil Tippett discussing the original Jurassic Park D.I.D. irface.info/my/fy-lm-h-y/j6eneqaVdJed3KQ.html

  4. Peter Konig

    Peter Konig

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    Craig Hayes got a technical Oscar for the DID invention, just a note. (I was an animator on Virus, btw and was there on JPark) Cool to see this.

    • Sean Charlesworth

      Sean Charlesworth

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      Thanks for the info! Do you happen to know if the Virus DID actually got used on the film? No one left at the studio seems to know.

  5. Toby Wild

    Toby Wild

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    The prop store auction that is coming up has a D-I-D from Starship Troopers in it.... oh how I wish...

  6. Diego Wolfe

    Diego Wolfe

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    This was so interesting and I loved the old Ray Harryhausen stop motion movies and to see this little piece of cinema history and the bridge between the old world and the new when it comes to movie effects!

  7. GHILLIES ARCADE

    GHILLIES ARCADE

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    Cool

  8. David Evens

    David Evens

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    I recall when they made the US Godzilla film, one of the baby Godzillas had exactly the same motion as one of the raptors from Jurassic Park. And it looked horrible because the animal had a very different weight layout.

  9. jmalmsten

    jmalmsten

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    It does make me wonder though. If maybe one could make a modern one cheaper. But instead of basing it on optical encoders and the physical limitations and mess of wires that entails. Maybe instead one could essentially build a desktop motion capture studio but instead of having it based on human movement you could put the tracking points on an armature that corresponds to the IK rig in the computer to get a similar workflow as with the DID?

  10. Sam EDM

    Sam EDM

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    R.I.P Velociraptor Suit build

  11. GuanoLad

    GuanoLad

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    I like that there was a transitionary way to ease stop motion animators into the CGI work flow. It's a vanishing art, even Aardman and Laika heavily augment their films with CGI, so it's become a welcome delightful surprise to see stop motion in a commercial or short film.

  12. N.S. Matthews

    N.S. Matthews

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    It was actually known as a 'Digital Input Device,' even though it was developed for Jurassic Park; both Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett have referred to it as such, in previous documentaries on JP.

  13. Dominic Lindus

    Dominic Lindus

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    Tested, thank you so much for this video! I am literally a research assistant looking for more info on the D.I.D and this was the most informative source that I have seen. Great video!

  14. Tester 316278

    Tester 316278

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    God, just a week ago I watch all the Tippett studio related videos, and now they gotta spoil me with this? Thank you!

  15. J3tzt bassman

    J3tzt bassman

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    Interesting

  16. Earthenfist

    Earthenfist

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    Got to see a screening of Tippet's "Mad God" with him in my hometown once. He's a neat guy, and the stuff he can do with practical effects are, well, MAD.

  17. Wayne Bakken

    Wayne Bakken

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    the best/ worst dinosaur supervisor.

  18. Bonzulac

    Bonzulac

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    "Alumni" is plural. "Alumnus" is masculine singular; "alumna" is feminine singular. This is not difficult. You don't even have to be an obnoxious pedant like myself to know that.

  19. Mark The Cruel

    Mark The Cruel

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    I totally got this confused with the go-motion dragon moving device from the movie dragonslayer but I guess that's another video.

  20. GrandpaEwan Builds

    GrandpaEwan Builds

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    Damn it. I read Dinosaur and thought it was about the Velociraptor.. Sadly not.

    • I_C_E Beats

      I_C_E Beats

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      Same here. Really hope they didn’t have to completely scrap that series

  21. Russ Etheridge

    Russ Etheridge

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    Oh man is love to see this working, I bet it wouldn't be so hard to make a new one with modern inputs

  22. Randy Hightower

    Randy Hightower

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    I think it would really cool to see a video on the Digital Puppetry Studio over at Henson. It lets them do some really cool real time cgi programming. It would be neat to see an updated video on their tech and productions.

  23. 2000jago

    2000jago

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    You forgot the most important piece of information here: How did you come buy this? Do you own it? Is it on loan from a collector? More context as to how it ended up in your hands please.

    • jackdoud

      jackdoud

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      It helps that Sean's working for Tippet.

    • Toyger Tiger

      Toyger Tiger

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      @Errhka the one he has is from the movie virus, not Jurassic park, which is why it looks different

    • Sean Charlesworth

      Sean Charlesworth

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      @Errhka There's a Warrior Bug one too - propstore.com/mobile/product/starship-troopers/lot-766-entertainment-memorabilia-live-auction-phil-tippett-collection-dinosaur-input-device-d-i-d-electronic-warrior-bug-stop-motion-armature/

    • Errhka

      Errhka

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      There are two that I know of - one was bought for the academy museum (t Rex) and the other was unsold (velociraptor). This doesn't look like the ones I know though

  24. Internatube

    Internatube

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    I think this is called a WALDO Human Input Device, invented by Jim Henson in the early 1980s for Dark Crystal/ Jim Henson Hour.

  25. Patrick Connors

    Patrick Connors

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    Sean is one of maybe five other people I know using Cinema 4D in conjunction with 3D printing. I would love, love, LOVE him to do a C4D tutorial, even if it's just to go over his workflow.

    • Patrick Connors

      Patrick Connors

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      @Sean Charlesworth probably because reasons and IRface. Thanks for the reply, and will do. You're not off the hook, though. We still want more Sean content. Like when you briefly showed off some of the interesting bits you collected from your days repairing cameras. Fascinating stuff, but way too short a segment.

    • Sean Charlesworth

      Sean Charlesworth

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      Huh - my reply got deleted - check out our friend Darrell's page - Broken Nerd - his info is in the header above. He also uses C4D and is much better than me and has posted some modeling walkthroughs.

  26. matt scott

    matt scott

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    So rad!! I've wanted to play with those since I first saw the making of JP sooo long ago.

  27. VdevoV

    VdevoV

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    We need more than two Sean videos a year!

  28. Peter Charles

    Peter Charles

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    What!? We didn't get to see it move?! :(

    • Sean Charlesworth

      Sean Charlesworth

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      As far as I know there is no working setup with the computer interface, software, etc which would be needed to see it actually work as it did originally.

    • Dan Gamble

      Dan Gamble

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      He was moving it the entire time dude. Do you mean the animation output? It's an input device. Not and animated puppet. Give it 1000 hours or so and you might see a few seconds of animation... Or just watch the movie.

  29. Bassquake

    Bassquake

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    Cool. I wonder if something could be done with a raspberry pi and encoders with a modular kind of design to input into Blender??

    • Earthenfist

      Earthenfist

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      Blender's got Motion Control stuff already, so I imagine so.

  30. Walpurgis Nux

    Walpurgis Nux

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    I think Dinosaur Input Device may be the coolest name for a piece of animation technology I've ever heard.

    • Tree Carcass Mangler

      Tree Carcass Mangler

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      Sounds like the name for an underground alt-rock band.

    • Adam Savage’s Tested

      Adam Savage’s Tested

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      Rights?!

  31. Gustavo Figueiredo

    Gustavo Figueiredo

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    Very interesting.

  32. Jack

    Jack

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    Ive always wanted to see how one of these worked. I wanted to build one when i was doing my animation degree.

  33. Wheel333

    Wheel333

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    I thought you had recreated it in technical lego from the thumbnail.

  34. Teeth Laboratories

    Teeth Laboratories

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    Dang that input device was and still is extremely expensive. I'd know I just bought a ton of Nema 11's recently and needed optical encoders, those are like 3000 rpm optical encoders. A single 3000rpm optical encoder is around 35-55 dollars. There are 14 DOF on that DID, 14 x avg $45 = $630 for the encoders alone. For the 74 DOF DID, that's 3330 dollars. .__.

    • Matt Dayton

      Matt Dayton

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      “Spared no expense.”

  35. vishnu K tech

    vishnu K tech

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    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  36. vishnu K tech

    vishnu K tech

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    🙏🙏🙏🙏

  37. Joe Moyer

    Joe Moyer

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    Phil Tippett: Dinosaur Supervisor

  38. zaptronic

    zaptronic

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    Talk to Trey Stokes, he is familiar with this. @TreyStokes on twitter.

  39. ML Tharme

    ML Tharme

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    I'm going to listen to this as soon as my boss has finished his meeting, I'm so pumped for this episode!!!! EDIT: Dam that was a great episode, in all my years of study in animation degrees and Masters, I have never learned of any other film beyond Jurassic Park and Starship Troopers using DID's, this just opened up a world of study for me now... THANKS TESTED, YOU HAPPY NOW!!! haha but seriously, great episode and so happy to hear so much on the subject. Mike Tharme, Animation Toolkit Armature Fabricator.

  40. JT Motenz Channel

    JT Motenz Channel

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    Not first

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