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1971 Demonstration of Key Frame Animation Software [Historical Video]

We sometimes take for granted all the wonderful computer animation software and hardware we have today, but what was it like during the early days? This historical video from 1971 shows a demonstration of Key Frame animation software, the hardware it ran on, and serves as an illustration of just how far the technology has come since then.

Key Frame Animation [via Neatorama]

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  • Published 04/19/12

Comments (11)

  1. Rob

    that HAS to be how the text effects were generated in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory!

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  3. infmom

    The PBS series “The Ascent of Man” used this kind of animation extensively. It was an absolute marvel at the time. (The series is well worth watching for a lot more than just the special effects.)

  4. oktboer

    Awesome! The graphics as well as the music! :)

  5. Keith

    “Sorry, your comment has been blocked because you used a word normally reserved for spammers. If you are not a spam peddling robot, you can hit the back button in your browser and stop using spammy words. ”

    I don’t know what word got my comment blocked. I still don’t know.

  6. jocky

    good music

  7. @Keith

    LOL awesome.

  8. Keith


    Couldn’t this gaff have been corrected by now?

    Otherwise, great video. I’d heard of key frame animation but no idea how it worked. Thanks.

  9. sudobash

    If you want a modern free equivalent to this software I use Synfig Studio; however, I must say I envy the simplicity of this program :)

  10. ramnemesis

    It may be old but the animations look like my first attempts at Flash.

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