stop motion animation on linux

Tim Abell · March 27, 2008

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A quick howto…

  1. Take a series of photos on your digital camera.
  2. Copy them onto your linux box.
  3. shrink the photos to a more managable size: mogrify -verbose -resize 600x400 -quality 60% *.JPG
  4. Preview the animation with animate: animate -delay 8 *
  5. Optionally rotate the image to match the exif information from your camera (mine was sideways): exiftran -ai *
  6. Convert the jpg files to png: mogrify -format png *.JPG
  7. Create the flash animation from the PNG files: png2swf -r 15 -o flower2.swf -v -X 399 -Y 600 *.png
  8. Create an html file to hold the animation containing the following:
    <param name="movie" value="flower2.swf" />
    <param name="loop" value="true" />
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
    <embed src="flower2.swf" width="399" height="600" />
  9. Write a blog article to tell everyone about it ;-) “history” is a handy command for reviewing your activities for writing up your achievements.

And here it is, providing I’ve kept up with my hosting fees and not been slashodotted:

Update, that was an embedded flash file ^ which isn’t really a thing on the internet any more.

The original flash file: flower2.swf

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