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Make 3D Light Animations With Your iPad

Using Apple’s device as an electronic paintbrush.
September 15, 2010, 2:03pm

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

We’re suckers for anything 3D over here at The Creators Project, so we’re impressed by this: 3D light painting using an iPad. We already told you about creating portable 3D hologram videos using an iPad, OpenFrameworks, and MaxMSP. Well now here comes 3D painting using Apple’s latest must-have as a digital paint brush. The film was commissioned by creative communications agency Dentsu London as part of their Making Future Magic project, and made by BERG, a design consultancy. They discuss the project in the video above, but it really gets interesting around 1:40 when the world gets invaded by word-ghosts from an alternate dimension.

We’ll leave them to do the explaining as to how it all works: “We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3D light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.”

If your brain’s not straining to understand what that actually means and you want more, head to BERG’s blog.

So, when’s the app coming out then?