Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining frame size for a Phonotrope guide, part of Motion Graphics Loops: 3 Analog Techniques, the Phonotrope.
- [Voiceover] The frame by frame guide…created in Photoshop is great for making…nearly seamless animation frames that are spaced out evenly…and involve minimal prep to get them on the turntable…and ready to shoot.…First, we need to determine how long our guide needs to be…so it's roughly the same circumference as a record.…Then, use that to determine what the individual size…of each frame should be.…To do this, we'll once again have to do a little bit of…math.…Let's just get this over with.…
A record's diameter is just short of 12 inches…so we'll round that up to 12 for now…and down a little later.…To determine the circumference of a record,…we'll need to use a little bit of geometry.…We'll just use this equation.…C equals two Pi R…or the circumference is equal to…two times 3.14159…times the radius…and the radius is just half the diameter,…so six inches.…This gives us a circumference of about 37.6 inches,…which I'm going to round down to 36 inches…so it will rest on top of a record player nice and flat.…
Okay, last bit of math.…
You'll get hands on and color, cut, paste, and draw and, along the way, learn about the logistics of player speeds, frames, video capture, and lighting. In the final chapter, you'll get tips and inspiration for taking your Phonotrope to the next level with transparency and mixed media.
- Introducing the Phonotrope
- Understanding frame and speed settings
- Experimenting with drawing and play dough
- Using Illustrator and Photoshop to plan a Phonotrope guide
- Preparing After Effects for a Phonotrope animation
- Shooting, lighting, and editing animation footage