Flipbook Handheld Animations

Before movies were invented there were a number of optical devices that produced animation effects. With weird and unpronounceable names such as thaumatrope, phenakistoscope, zoetrope, and praxinoscope, these devices let you view a spinning card with small images on it, each like a single frame in an animated movie. As the series of images spins by, it appears that the image moves because persistence of vision blends the individual images into a continuous stream as it does in the movies. It is possible to buy or make these early devices, and their odd but very unique names make it easy to search for information about them on the Internet. For example, search for “phenakistoscope” and every site the search engine finds will have something to do with the device.

Another device that has long been used to show animation is the flipbook, and early low-tech version of animated GIF files. You might be familiar with these books that you hold in one hand and flip through the pages with the other. A series of drawings turns into an animation when the pages are flipped smoothly at the right speed.

You can make your own flipbook using any printer and a series of digital images. There is no reason why you couldn’t print the series of images in the upper or lower right corners of a multipage report, so people could flip the pages to see the animation. It might be one way to get people’s attention. In most cases however, you’d want to do a stand-alone flipbook. Here’s how to begin:

1. Capture a series of images using your camera’s continuous mode. You can also shoot movies if you have the software to extract and save individual frames.

2. Design your flipbook so you can easily place and print a number of images so they are aligned and the same size. It may help in assembly if the pages are numbered. The flipbook can be any size, but smaller ones are easier to flip through. The size of a business card or slightly larger works well. In fact, you might want to purchase and design for widely available business card stock. Be sure to leave space for the binding on one edge of the layout. The side you leave it on depends on whether you are left or right handed.

3. Lay out the flipbook pages using a program designed for the purpose, or with a word processing, desktop publishing program, or photo-editing program. Many programs have templates for Avery and other products that do basic layout for you. Just be sure you can use a different picture for each card. Many business card programs assume you’ll want to use the same image on all cards. Up to a point the more pages you have, the smoother and longer the animation will be.

4. Print the flipbook on the heaviest white paper your printer will accept (60 lb is recommended) and then cut out the individual frames. If your printer won’t handle thick enough paper, you can print the images and then glue them onto stiff paper.

5. Arrange the pictures in order and bind the flipbook using staples, rubber bands, or glue. Some people prefer to flip with the first image on the bottom of the stack, and the last on top. You might want to experiment.

6. Holding the end of the stack that has the binding margin, fan through the pages and watch the image move.

Source: ShortCourses Flipbooks


Flipbooks: Interactive Party Favors

Have you heard of the latest trend for wedding favors, party favors, and corporate event favors? Well, if you haven’t heard about or seen flipbooks at a wedding, party or corporate event you have been to, then you’re missing out.

A Little Scene Flip Books, based in San Diego, is helping make events more memorable and entertaining with interactive party favors! A Little Scene is a mobile flip book studio that can produce professional and personalized flip books of your event guests. Basically, they shoot a 6 second video and capture the frames and print them. From there, they take the printed sheets of paper and cut them to produce your personal flipbook. They even wrap the flipbook in a custom cover to add to the keepsake. It’s definitely a party favor that will never be thrown away.

It’s fun to create your scenes and give the books a little flip!

Not only is it great to see the finished flipbook product, it’s a great time to gather around the flipbook studio and laugh as other guests make their little scenes.

Flipbook Studio at a Wedding, Creating Wedding Party Favors

Flipbook Studio at a Wedding, Creating Wedding Party Favors

The Official Flip Book Lens

As you know by now and with the title of this blog, flipbooks are the focus. Well, as I always am, I was searching online for new ways to promote flipbook ideas and samples.

During my search I came across “The Official Flip Book Lens“, located on Squidoo.

Basically, this flip book lens is setup to be a documentary about one person’s flip book business success. It’s in the early stages of a dialogue, but it looks very promising.

There is a new way to make flip books and this lens talks about how flip books were rejuvinated in the process!

The History of Flip Books

Today I found a very resourceful flip book website – flipbook.info. Flip Book Info provides a comprehensive database of Pascal Fouché’s flip book collection of more than 4,900 flip books.

Also, on Fouché’s flip book website, flip book fans and users can find a historical overview of flip books. This information includes:

  • The origin of flip books
  • The different names for flip books, flick books, and Abblätterbuch
  • Flip book formats, dimensions, etc.
  • Among other historical flip book information

Flip Book Info is a concise website that is a great resource.

The flip book sample videos are a real treat:

What is a Flip Book?

A Simple Definition of a Flip Book

In its simplest form, a flip book is a small book with a series of printed images which create the illusion of motion when the pages of the book are rapidly flipped. Generally, a flip book is held in one hand while the thumb of the other flips through the pages, and the viewer focuses their eyes on the middle of each page. The flip book relies on a basic optical principle known as persistence of vision to create an animated image. In addition to being amusing, flip books also laid the groundwork for motion pictures, and could be considered one of the earliest forms of animation.

Flip Books and the Human Retina

Before exploring the flip book’s history, it may help to know how persistence of vision works. The human retina actually retains an image for a brief instant. When a series of images are rapidly presented to the retina, it smooths out the gaps, creating a streamlined animated image. This principle is what allows people to perceive the series of frames in a motion picture as a movie, rather than a set of still photographs. You may have noticed that changes in frame rate and illumination may change the way the animation appears, creating a flicker which can be quite distracting.

Flip Book History

The first flip book was released in 1868 as a kineograph, literally a “moving picture.” The developer of the kineograph realized that images could be presented in a linear sequence, rather than being mounted on a circular drum or disc and rotated. The idea rapidly caught on, and many companies started releasing flip books for children and adults alike. Although many modern flip books are given away for free as promotion items, children’s gifts and other giveaways, earlier flip books were considered miraculous by many people.

Many flip books consist of a series of illustrations. Small differences between the illustrations make a brief animated picture when they are rapidly flipped. Others rely on a series of photographs, much like the frames in a movie. The theme of a flip book may vary, depending on the intended audience; it may illustrate a short story or a brief event, or may even be used in an advertising campaign.

Flip Book = Flick Book?

In some parts of the world, a flip book is better known as a “flick book”, especially in British English. Whatever they call it, many aspiring artists draw their own, and bored school children may ornament their notebooks with flip books as well.

Flip Books in the Digital Age

There are also computer programs which can be used to create a flip book, stringing together a series of images from a trip, for example. Also, you can create flip books from a short web camera video. Then chop the video into still frames and print in sequence. Very cool and innovative way to make a flip book.

Some of this information was provided by: Wisegeek.com

The Human Flipbook

Has anyone seen the Human Flipbook for Erbert & Gerbert’s?

Well, let me first start out with a little information about Erbert & Gerbert’s. Erbert & Gerbert’s is a growing of sandwich shops in the Midwest. Looking for an innovative way to advertise their brand and sandwich shop, their creative team developed the Human Flipbook.

Check out the making of the Human Flipbook commercial below.

What it takes to make a human flipbook? Well, in this case it takes a whole lotta t-shirts and some pretty steady hands on the camera. Very creative job!

Other ideas for human flipbooks would be a flip book with a hat, shoes, jackets, etc. It would be cool to transform a cool clothing designers clothes into a flipbook and make it a promotion. I suppose there are tons of ways to use flip books to make scenes, advertisements, and other promotions.