Production of Computer Animated Films from a Remote Storage Tube Terminal

  • R. L. Phillips


In the few years since Knowlton1 first discussed his BEFLIX language for producing computer animated movies, film-making under computer direction has been employed in a variety of disciplines. Not only have high quality films of a tutorial nature been produced2 but many researchers have found computer animated films to be an invaluable method for presentation and study of new data3. Also, several investigators have recognized the advantages of computer animated films for educational purposes. Indeed, Huggins4 found that in some cases students felt it was easier to perceive basic physical phenomena from computer generated movies than from actual laboratory experiments.


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© Plenum Publishing Company Ltd. 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Gas Dynamics, LaboratoriesThe University of Michigan, College of EngineeringAnn ArborUSA

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