Early technology and use of computer art and computer animation for communication, advertising, motion pictures.
United States USA Date:1972 Duration:3 min 44 sec Sound:Yes
Computer screen showing animation of a silhouette of a man running. Narrator states that the first such image was generated at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey in the early 1960s. More views of the so called "Olympic Runner" generated by the Bell Laboratories newest digital computer. Colors like pink, blue and red are used in the animation. Men seated in a control room, interacting with the digital computer and other animation and recording hardware. Views of computer screens and discussion by narrator about various visual forms created by the analog computer. Various computer generated images are shown on the screen. Engineer stands in front of video tape machine where the images are being recorded. More computer and animation hardware is shown including an Animation Aid. Narrator describes process of photographing analog computer art work onto motion picture film. Engineer is seen operating camera, and then a close up view of motion picture film running on machines and on reels. Animation and color consultant in discussion as they stand over some frames of the film that they have isolated. Sample work of early computer artists is shown, with moving animated art seen on screen, combining color and motion in new ways that were not possible before the digital computer. Another view of the video tape machine operating. Narrator discusses use of the computer also in development of the music that accompanies the visual images. Animated clock is seen. Different kinds of animations are seen.
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