Burst Mode = Flipbook

Ideas,Observations January 27, 2015 11:33 am


Action shots are notoriously hard to time– the kid whizzing by on a bike is usually a blur and trying to catch a jump shot in mid-air usually results in multiple takes. That’s where “Burst Mode” for iOS users comes in handy. Burst Mode allows users to take photos at a rate of 10 frames/second, which makes it perfect for capturing movement.

Because you’re capturing multiple moments when you use Burst Mode, you can scroll through a mini timeline of the action when you select the best shot. But what if you didn’t want the single best shot, but a montage of the moment? My friends and I were playing around with Burst Mode on New Years Eve, trying to capture the perfect “confetti-throwing-celebration” shot when it hit me… wouldn’t these pictures be better as a flipbook? (spoiler alert: the end of the sequence ends in a kiss)

In this series, my friend took 18 photos of us, starting from when we threw the confetti in the air until we ended with a kiss and hug. A perfect flipbook! Yet when I went searching online to create a flipbook, I came up with… crickets. The closest I came to an actual flipbook was a service from Snapfish, which was really disappointing. The “flipbook” from Snapfish is large and spiral bound, meaning you can’t really “flip” through the pages like with a real flipbook.

It seems a simple enough app for someone to build– especially since it fits into the newly revived trend of printing photos– Polaroid resurgence, anyone?  And please… if I can print my favorite Instagram photo on a marshmallow, it can’t be that hard to create a flipbook.

Now who wants to help me build a Flipbook app? Also, BRANDS. One idea: For the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon, finishers receive a branded flipbook that captures their run across the finish line. All races photograph runners as they near the finish line, why not string these photos together to really see the runner in action, rather than send them a static shot? Could also be really great for fashion shows; brands could mail fans printed look books, which would help to show how garments move and flow down the runway.

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