Animation using DigiCel Flipbook: Tutorials and Notes
Digicel Flipbook Cheat Sheet
Creating a new Scene:
Click on Flipbook Desktop icon, or open flipbook 4.5 from the programs menu.
In the options window, choose (Flipbook Pro w/Autoscan))> (OK).
In the options window, choose (Create New Scene).
In the options window, check:
Frame Rate (24)
Number of Levels (How many characters in scene? Any Backgrounds?).
Number of Frames (Give yourself enough frames to cover whole scene).
Using the Overhead Camera
If shooting a scene with overhead camera, then click on the camera icon in the window, or choose (File)>(Capture).
In the new options box, check:
Live Image overlay (Off).
(Settings)>(Rotate Image 180 degrees)
Then make sure you are starting on Frame 1/Level1 Hold(whatever you choose as per your timing).
Click (Capture) and repeat for each drawing.
You will see the drawings populate in the “x-Sheet”.
If the overhead camera is not working, and you get an error message (No Video Hardware Detected), then look for a small grey box on the desk next to the camera stand. It is the hardware codec converter box. Make sure the (power button) is on, and the (analog-in) button is lit green.
Using the Scanner
If shooting a scene with the high speed scanner, then click on camera icon in the window, or choose (File)>(Scan).
In the options Box, Then make sure you are starting on Frame 1/Level1 Hold(whatever you choose as per your timing).
Check Rotation (None). Note: The setting get changed from time to time due to different users preferences, you may need to adjust these as necessary).
If you are scanning a Background element, then check (Auto Hold). This will expose the drawing for the entire length of the scene.
An options Box will appear: Click on (Standard) in the top part of the window for doc type).
Then click on Original Scan Method: (ADF) Automatic Document Feeder.
The Settings on the right side of the screen should look like this:
Original Size: Letter (81/2 x 11in)
Orig. Orientation :Short Edge
Orientation: 180 Deg.
Scan Settings 1 sided (Front)
Put the entire stack of animation in the doc feeder, with your first drawing on top. The drawings should face up, and the peg holes should face to the right. This is the opposite way than you usually flip a scene.
Click (PREVIEW) to make sure it looks like you want it. Check your settings one more time.
Then replace the drawing back on the stack and press (SCAN).
The drawings will begin to appear on your x sheet.
If an error message pops up and says (Twain error has occurred), then the software is not locating the scanner, or the scanner driver, or scanner is not present. Notify tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on file>export>avi.
Make sure to select your start frames and end frames, as well as start level and end level.
Click on codec, select (Microsoft video 1)
Click on (create)
Choose location to save.(make sure to rename the file. There should be no extension after the name)
Save and it should be exported.
Sometimes it is necessary to repeat the steps, and it will work the second time around.