One of the many misconceptions I get from my viewers and community is the difference between visual fx and motion graphics. Visual fx and motion graphics are incorrectly used interchangeably and I wanted to clear some differences out.
First off, visual effects are as stated, effects that are visual. Visual effects are primarily used on actual video footage or images and is done in post production. Examples of visual effects are explosions or lasers you see in a Hollywood movie. Visual effects usually require some compositing work or rotoscoping to match the scene the effects are taking place in.
Motion graphics can also have ‘effects’ but they aren’t necessarily ‘visual effects’. Motion graphics is basically graphics in motion like shapes, vectors, text, etc. Animations like anime and cartoons are a few other examples of motion graphics. The official Wikipedia definition: Motion graphics are graphics that use video footage and/or animation technology to create the illusion of motion or a traotion graphics are usually combined with audio for use in multimedia projects.
So the next time you discuss or reference visual fx and motion graphics, make sure you use the correct terminology. Using the right terminology will make you sound slightly more intelligent and will better help you get your point across. So what do you guys think? What is visual fx and motion graphics to you?