FlipBook, a low-cost animation solution that has a lot of high-end users, has just gotten better. DigiCel Inc. has released FlipBook 4.0 promising more speed, power, ease-of-use and affordability. Virtually every aspect of the program has been enhanced.
Scenes open up to ten times faster and the new preview modes composite at least 300% faster. Mid-scene start and stop points let users concentrate both compositing and playback to any part of the scene. And the full-screen playback and real-time WYSIWYG video output lets users preview what a movie will look like on a PC or a TV.
"(The software) has come a long way in just a few short years," says Kent Braun, president and co-founder of DigiCel. "With the release of FlipBook 4 anyone who wants to create their own animated cartoon can use the same tools the pros do." Braun adds that FlipBook is used by students and teachers at top schools and professional animators at the Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Klasky-Csupo and Film Roman. FlipBook 3 was used in the making of The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Rugrats Go Wild, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Disney’s Teachers Pet and many Disney TV series and direct-to-video features. Universal Studios is also using it for its upcoming Curious George feature.
Camera moves, painting and special effects are all available as affordable add-ons to FlipBook. FlipBook and FlipBook Paint sell for $299, FlipBook Camera and Special Effects add-ons for $199 each. FlipBook Pro is $999. FlipBook Lite is still only $99. Competitive upgrades are also available to anyone who is still using a competing product. For more details on DigiCel FlipBook 4 please visit the DigiCel web site at digicel.net.