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Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

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Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Chris B » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:46 am

The process is basically in two parts - first to create “Pages” and second, the scene. I created my movie in widescreen mode because that’s the format of my telly - also the pages can be “wider”.

First the pages

Find a book background. I put “book” into Google images and used the first one!

Find the colour of the books’ pages (RGB or whatever) I did this using MSPaint but I’m sure Photoshop will work as well. For each video construct a full frame “page”. Each page must be made one at a time and exported (Movie > export). I constructed the pages so that the odd pages were to the right of the centre line and even page to the left. I used a colour matte of the colour obtained above as my background.

The Scene

Create a new project and add your pages and book to the media bin. Place the book on the timeline with its centre line in the middle of the frame. At any given time up to three pages are visible. Two pages in the book and the page being turned. At the start and end there are less pages. I’ll describe a mid-section (Turning page 3 over to reveal pages 4 and 5). For the start and end you can remove one or the other end pages.

Page 2 should be placed on the book and cropped (50% right) to fit on the page. Likewise for page 5 except cropped 50% left. Page 3 is cropped as page 5. Apply “Basic 3d” to page 3 and keyframe “Swivel” from 0 to 90. Then replace page 3 with page 4 on the timeline and keyframe from -90 to 0. Rinse and repeat. Once you have one page tun red you can “paste attributes” to the appropriate other pages to save a lot of time.

I have a colour matte as the background because my image is not quite big enough and I exported the whole movie so that I could speed up the result. Add a quick bit of music and Robert is your father’s brother - as they say.

I found that if crop was below basic 3d in the effects, then the video moved around strangely but when it was above it, everything was OK.



I hope that this helps someone,Chris B
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Helen » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:38 pm

Thanks will give this a try
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Dave McElderry » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:05 pm

Good information. This one is bookmarked.
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby TreeTopsRanch » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:34 pm

It asks for a plugin to view demo. Exactly what plug in is required. I have SO may video plugins already.
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Paul LS » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:29 am

Do you see a drop down at the top of your browser screen asking to install a Microsoft Plugin... accept the install and you should be OK.
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Francesco Carzedda » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:52 pm

I too must download the plugin, but I'm on Mozilla in an Ubuntu environment and I don't know which one, no alert on my browser.

Just as a curiosity, i recently have created flipping images with real paper square sheets and I have enjoyed a lot the imperfection of the stop motion: squares seem to move (because of the position of the sheet when shot by the camera) and I felt more amused this solution to the clean, fixed square sheet created with the image editor.
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Chuck Engels » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:36 pm

I have no problems with IE but with Chrome the plug in has been discontinued. It is a simple Windows Media Player plug in, not sure why that is an issue for Chrome other than it is for a Microsoft product :)
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Francesco Carzedda » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:52 am

This is my very simple flip-book created with still photos:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV26TsBcZms[/youtube]
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Chuck Engels » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:01 pm

Sorry Francesco but I do not see a book flipping or page turn in your video :-k
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Re: Creating a Flipping Book With a Great Page Turn

Postby Francesco Carzedda » Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:34 am

Chuck, ehm, no, there is no book :conf: .
I have only obtained the image output showing fast the sheets in sequence.
I wanted to show as moving squares create a different effect from a fix sheet.
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