We were approached by ACMI to develop a new permanent interactive at their museum. The interactive is one of the first things visitors would see as they enter the museum, so they wanted a solution that would be fun and engaging. Based on this we were tasked with creating an interactive for users to create a digital and physical flipbook that captured their image in motion in a unique and interesting way. This would involve allowing users to stand in front of a large touch screen and camera and generate a motion graphic which contains themself along with an interesting visual effect. The user would then be able to review the video and re-capture or print the output into a physical “flipbook”, whereby they can flip through the pages to “playback” the animation.
The project required the development of real-time photo and video manipulation that worked well for digital and print purposes in a flipbook style.
The first stage of the project involved prototyping various visual effects that looked interesting and were similar to the design concepts, while maintaining real time performance. This resulted in about 20 to 30 different effects which we then tested against various lighting conditions and user skin tones. While these prototypes produced some interesting results none of them were usable in their current form, either due to not being close enough to the design concepts, performance issues or concerns relating to various skin colours. We anticipated that we would need to use the additional computation resources to reduce visual noise in the background to isolate the user in clear and recognisable frames.
Role and responsibilities
- App Development
- Stop motion rotoscoping
- Jamie Foulston – Digital Designer
- Pete Shand – Lead Developer
- Liv Howard – Producer