#930: FilmFill

Animation is now often performed by computers semi-automatically. An artist supplies first and last key frames and the machine interpolates as best it can.

Foveola is a shape recognition engine which embodies an effective measure of similarity.

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Supplying the system with a small shape will automatically generate a list of all shapes in the database which are sufficiently alike, in order of similarity.

Today’s invention is to employ this to create animated movies. If the user enters a start and an end shape, they are regarded by the system as key frames. For example 9 might retrieve 8,E,F and 0 might retrieve 9PRF.

This then allows the following ‘film’ sequence to be created automatically, by reversing the second sequence and joining both together to fill in the gap between key frames: 98EFRP90.

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