I am curious to know how, or if, the rest of you are using video reference.  I occasionally film myself to plan a shot and pick my favorite poses and retime them to better suit the animation.  What I am really looking for is to see how to not only study the primary movement but the secondary actions that better describe the inner character and deeper emotion of the character.  I feel like that is the next step in my animation path but am not sure of how to move forward.  Advice? Experiences? 

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I asked a 2D animator friend of mine who uses video reference on every shot what it is she looks for.  For her, it is mostly the details and the sequence of weight distributing through the different parts of the body.

That's great advice Jason.  I've been following up with this question on my own time and think, I am starting to get an understanding of it.  One of the recurring themes is that the video reference offers a quick way for you to act out the shot and check that what you are imagining actually works.  Secondly, it lets you check out the details that happen in reality that you would miss when just visualizing or even acting out in the mirror.  

Sometimes when I wanna know how a creature or a person moves I look at the photos of Muybridge. He's a 19th century photographer that would tie up several ropes connected to cameras and let people and animals walk over them, capturing their movement. It was like film before film existed. I try to sketch em over and over again to see if I get a better understanding of how the movement works. That helped me a lot.

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