Saturday, August 17, 2013

10 Second Pencil Test

This was a flip book I made in 1987. I was wondering if it was possible to convert a flip book to video, essentially treating the video like film. I can only get 10 frames a second. Film is 24 frames a second, but typically a drawing goes for 2 frames, so that's 12 drawings a second, so it is close.


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Is there a way to scan it in and edit it to add frames?

zencomix said...

I scanned in the the individual pages of the flip book, then placed the scans one after the the other in the movie software, adjusting the time each scan was on the screen to the lowest setting they have, a tenth of a second. It's a little clunky, as traditional films are 24 frames a second, or 12 frames if you do 2 frames per drawing. 10 frames a second is doable from an experimental point of view, though.

I've been mulling over (for several years) getting some digital drawing tools so I can make drawings that are more easily manipulated in computer animation. I'm an old fashioned guy, though, and resist change, so I'm just procrastinating by playing around with the old technology/new technology combo.

I told myself I can't invest in digital drawing tools until I finish drawing the comic I working on now, The Boy With The Spirograph Eyes. Aside from resisiting change, I'm also a frugal guy. Ok, ok ... that's just a polite way of saying I'm cheap! If I can make an animated cartoon I'm happy with using what I have instead of investing more money in gadgets, then that what be good. I'm working on something, maybe 20 (200 frames!) seconds long, might take a couple of weeks.

watermolecule said...

I remember that flip book! Awesome cross media conversion. It's like a time machine with an inverted therblig!