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This animation moves at 10 frames per second.
This animation moves at 2 frames per second. At this rate, the individual frames should be discernible.

Animation refers to the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. When the frames are strung together and the resulting film is viewed at a speed of 16 or more frames per second, there is an illusion of continuous movement (due to the persistence of vision). Generating such a film is very labour intensive and tedious, though the development of computer animation has greatly sped up the process.

Graphics file formats like GIF, MNG and Flash allow animation to be viewed on a computer or over the Internet.



Animation studios

Animation studios of the past

Animation studios of the present era

Styles of animation

See also: Animated series, Anime (Japanese animation), List of movie genres


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Last updated: 10-19-2005 04:28:36
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