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Collaborative Online Game Creation by Naveena Aswadhati, Nanu Swamy

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Animating the Robot

You need to think about the flip book–based analogy to understand basic animation. In a flip book, images are drawn on different pages that, when flipped in sequence quickly enough, look like an animated movie. In the GameBrix Animator, you will be using the same technique, except that instead of drawing on different sheets of paper, you will be drawing on the digital equivalent of sheets of paper. Each sheet of paper used is termed a frame. Movies are made using several million frames, where each frame is slightly different from the previous one. The eye sees one picture and then sees the next picture. If there is some difference between the two, the brain handles these as if the difference between them were a smooth transition. ...

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