Video Preview of the Movie Wheel

New (February 2009) I have finished an instructional video--including an introduction of what it's all about--here http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8976904076638457272&hl=en (Google Video).

 

Shortcut to the movie wheel page

These are very short: only 5 seconds long. If you don't know how to play them, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

This isn't exactly the project in the instructions, but it is related. I made a giant movie wheel as an exhibit for the local children's museum (tested in my middle school by visiting first grade students). You will see the kids looking through the slots in the wheel, and the reflection of the other side of the wheel. Normally you would have to look through the slots at the reflection to see the jumping figure, but because of the strobe-effect of the video camera I was using, you can actually see the jumping if you look carefully. The strobe effect of the camera also explains why the slots don't appear to be rotating the was the rest of the wheel is. Here is a closer view.

Here is an animated GIF that shows something similar to what you will see when you use the movie wheel. You will have to color your movie wheel pictures if you want color in your movie wheel.

 

To the Movie Wheel introduction page

Back to the Science Toy Maker homepage.

If you have a fast internet connection, you should be able to simply point and click to play the short MPEG movie. If the picture is halting the first time through, click play on your media player and it ought to play smoothly the second time.

You will almost certainly have to hit play a second time if you have a dial-up internet connection. If you still can't get it to run smoothly, you will have to right-click, then "save file as..." or something similar to that. Take note of where you are saving it. They are short and highly compressed, so they won't take long to load. Even with a fast connection, save the file like that if the picture is jerky. To play the file, find it and double-click on it. It will play in the default media player.