AskDefine | Define commotion

Dictionary Definition



1 a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused" [syn: disturbance, disruption, stir, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle]
2 the act of making a noisy disturbance [syn: din, ruction, ruckus, rumpus, tumult]
3 confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits" [syn: whirl]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • From commotio < commotionem (from commotum, past participle of commovere.



  1. A state of turbulent motion.
  2. An agitated disturbance or a hubbub.


state of turbulent motion
agitated disturbance or a hubbub
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Extensive Definition

Commotion is a visual effects application, originally released by Puffin Designs. Puffin Designs was founded by Scott Squires (an award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic) to market Commotion.
Commotion set a very high standard for a rotoscoping application, introducing rotosplines and offering features like motion tracking and motion blurring for masks.
Puffin Designs was later acquired by Pinnacle in 2000. After another release, Pinnacle let the program languish. Pinnacle has since been acquired by Avid, who shows no signs of reviving the product.
The last release was version 4.1.
Apple Computer briefly bundled a limited version of the program with Final Cut Pro.
commotion in Japanese: Commotion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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