We had to make something for the Christmas exchange this year that was $10 and under. I looked to the cinema for inspiration, and found the flipbook. A flipbook is a stack of paper hinged at one side with "a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change." (Wikipedia)
Many of the flipbooks from the early 1900's were promotional items or something cartoonists would make on their own or to sell. Today, you can still find these old flipbooks on eBay or at antique shops.
It's the perfect gift that blends old technologies with modern appliances. All you need is a video recorder**, a printer, and some leather and screws. You can see my flipbook video and learn how to make one yourself following the steps below. While my Flipbook was made for a Christmas present you can make one for any occasion.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
You will need the following:
- Video Editor Software. You can use a simple one like iMovie or QuickTime Pro or a more advanced one like Final Cut. Here, I used QuickTime Pro.
- Microsoft Word
- Your digital movie. (I used a Flip Cam to make mine)
- Color printer with lots of ink
- 3-hole punch
- #10, 1 1/4” Long Bolt and Nut
- Small scrap of leather
- Cardstock or cover weight paper
- X-Acto Knife & straight edge
- Download the SWITCH FLIPBOOK WORD TEMPLATE
Step 2: Trim and Prepare Your Video
Open your digital video in your video editor software. Find a 5 to 6-second section you would like to use for your flipbook. Following the directions of your editor, trim your video down to this selection. Make sure to save it as a new movie so you don’t loose your original.
Step 3: Export Images From Your Video
Export your movie to a JPEG Image Sequence with an option of 10 Frames per Second. This will export about 90 to 120 images depending on the length of your movie (in QuickTime selecting File/Export does this). Make sure your images are exported with a numbered label, like 001, 002, 003, etc…. In QuickTime choose “Image Sequence” in the Export dialog box and select "options" to select the 10 Frames per second.
Step 4: Scale Your Images
Use an image editor such as PhotoShop, Preview, or Paint and scale ALL of your images to be 3” wide and 2.25” high with a resolution of 120 dpi (dots per inch). If you want a high photo quality image, you need to set your resolution to 300 dpi when scaling your images.
Step 5: Import Your Images Into the Template
Open the SWITCH Flipbook Word Template in Microsoft Word. Drag and drop all of your images in consecutively into the correct table cell (see image below). You should be able to fit 8 images per page, making a total of 15 pages. The leather binding will cover up the text and numbers.
In the last cell write whatever you would like for the cover of your flipbook. We said “Have some fun this holiday season!”
Step 6: Print and Cut Your Images
Using an X-Acto knife and a straight edge, cut out the pages along the dotted lines. It is important that all the vertical edges are as even as you can make them. Stack them on their side to see where you may need to trim.
Remember, the numbers and text in the cell to the left of the image will be covered up with the leather binding later, so don’t worry about it right now.
Step 7: Make the Holes With a Hole Punch
Using a three-hole punch, move one of the punches over to adjust the spacing to fit your flipbook. Center two holes on the numbered side of your cut pages.
Step 8: Stack and Secure the Leather Binding
Using your X-Acto Knife, punch holes in the top and bottom of the leather directly over the holes in the cards. Put the bolt through and tighten down the nut on the back side.