Thursday, August 10, 2006
Flip Clips makes 10, 15, and 30-second long flipbooks out of any digital video digital video formats (including MOV/QT, AVI, DV, MPEG4, MPEG2, Motion JPEG, and 3GPP).
I heard about Flip Clips (http://www.flipclips.com/) today via a post at Photojojo. I'd heard of flipbook software for years but someone, and likely other companies, have done gone and made manufactured professionally produced books all custom and quick now. Not cheap, at $9 for the smallest/shortest book, I still immediately seized upon this as The Way I'd Like To Promote Or Even Distribute Halfland™.
I now have fixed my mind on somehow producing my eventually finished Halfland scenes in this low-tech, retro, charming form. I would like to see the rich colors and characters of Halfland come to life in hands, without electricity. A couple of downsides would be that here wouldn't be any music, watching each scene in the short burst of individual books wouldn't create much continuity, and if selling as a 12 volume set, even at the volume pricing, material cost would be $72 bucks, which is sure to limit buyers to the diehardiest animation collectors.
Still, when the day comes that the clips are finished, I'll take a look around at the state of the world at that time and see what might be done to make this wish happen.
Update: There are many other companies I see. There's a short motion greeting card that gives the idea here: http://www.fliptomania.com/new/flipbooks.php?type=4&book=21
Looking around a bit I came across what has to be THE Flip Book resource site (http://www.flipbook.info/typology.php#pub) It's a French site in translation. It's loaded with history, uses, and tons of book animations. Check out the artist book section about 2/3 down the Typology page. And at the bottom, a mention of what has to be one of the all time coolest concepts; A "stamps' plate published by the Maldives to commemorate the 100th anniversary of cinema in 1995. The cut out stamps make a (short) flip book."
Wow. I'm more into this than I was earlier.
Imagine, if you will, A custom designed flipping image viewer like those shown here (from the fabulous French site by Pascal Fouche mentioned above on his Viewers page http://www.flipbook.info/viewers.php) loaded with Halfland scenes, maybe even with a little red velvet curtain pulled back on the opening of the box style version, like a widdle cinema. I sure can.