How to make a digital flip book

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How to make a digital flip book
Flip books make ordinary pictures come to life. (photos image by danimages from Fotolia.com)

Traditional flip books are small books of sequential pictures. When the pages are flipped, the illusion of animation is seen. This novelty was once popular with children before being replaced with television and video games. However, technology has brought them back and you can create your own digital flip books to share with family and friends. With a little time and the correct software, you can make your still pictures come to life.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose a subject for your flip book. Your subject should be a moving object such as someone walking or dancing.

  2. 2

    Take the photos. Using a digital camera, take photos of the subject you wish to feature in your flip book. The camera's shutter speed should be set at a high rate. Keep the camera still and take pictures of the object in motion. Use a tripod to keep the pictures uniform. Take the pictures as rapidly as possible as the more photos you have the better.

  3. 3

    Upload the photos to your computer and put them together in a file.

  1. 1

    Use a program on your computer. A common program used to make flip books that you may have on your computer is QuickTime Pro. Open QuickTime, click "File" then "Open Image Sequence." Select the first picture in your file and a window will pop up asking you to define the frame rate for the sequence. The frame rate should be set to between one and three frames per second depending on how fast you want the action to go. Click "OK" and your flip book will be generated. You can add audio to your flip book by clicking "Edit," then "Add Audio," then select an audio or music file on your computer.

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    Download a free program. There are many flip book making programs that can be downloaded such as Flip Book Maker 1.0.6, Flash Flip Book for Adobe Dreamweaver, Flip PDF 3.0 and Flip Image 2.4. You can download Flash Page Flip Free Version 1.0 for free. Consult Resources for more information.

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    Use video editing software. You can use a video editing program such as Windows Movie Maker to create your flip book. Open the program and import your photos. Drag them in order onto the time line. Trim the photos on the time line until they flow at the desired speed when you press "Play" in the preview window. Add music or audio to the project by importing the audio file then dragging it onto the audio track on the time line. Under file click "Make Movie File."

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