Booby Trap
January 26, 2002 2:28 AM   Subscribe

Booby Trap is a fabulous Flash video set to a Chemical Brothers song. I was blown away (altho I may be easily impressed). Another wonderful use for Flash is the Control Group's web site. Never heard of 'em? Try an MP3. Check out the video.
Link via Off On a Tangent.
posted by ashbury (15 comments total)
WOW! That is one of the coolest things I have seen on the web this year. I wonder how they rotoscoped the live action into Flash? Do you happen to know what CB song that was?
posted by viama at 2:37 AM on January 26, 2002

I say Top Banana
posted by ajbattrick at 3:13 AM on January 26, 2002

There's another one here, that I think might have been mentioned before, though I can't find it now.
posted by viama at 4:11 AM on January 26, 2002

Ohh Eva is awesome..
posted by stbalbach at 7:24 AM on January 26, 2002

Cool, cool, cool! It's great to see the powers of Flash used for good.
posted by Dane at 8:30 AM on January 26, 2002

You guys should check out Banja. It's a really stylish Flash game by team Chaman. Really, the word "game" doesn't do justice to what Banja is. Check it out!
posted by wfrgms at 10:08 AM on January 26, 2002

A warning on Banja ...
Don't bother unless you have a computer with at least 500 Mhz and a broadband connection.
But if you do... you _need_ to see it.
posted by Mihai at 11:08 AM on January 26, 2002

I wonder how they rotoscoped the live action into Flash?

There are several different ways to take live action, chop the framerate, and vectorize each frame. And they all end up looking cool ;)
posted by jragon at 11:24 AM on January 26, 2002

Whew. Incredible. The creativity of Flash/Shockwave authors
never fails to impress me. That was amazing-thanks ashbury.
posted by Lynsey at 12:18 PM on January 26, 2002

Egomedia uses a similar effect on their site (warning: full screen, and plenty of orange.)

I believe that Adobe LiveMotion is useful for achieving this kind of effect.
posted by mkn at 12:26 PM on January 26, 2002

a lot of video editing software will let you dump a clip out as individual frames in numbered sequence. flash 5 can convert bitmap to vector, but it's likely you'd have to mess about with contrast in some other application to get the effect seen on boobytrap.
posted by juv3nal at 1:06 PM on January 26, 2002

If you are curious about the process, there is a tutorial done by The Chopping Block at the Adobe Studio(registration required). They use Streamline to do bulk bitmap->vector conversions.
posted by ry at 3:11 PM on January 27, 2002

Last I looked, Streamline hadn't been updated in years. Have they done anything with it? That and Freehand's autotrace were both pretty ineffective tools--at least, if you wanted fairly "realistic" results. But I haven't kept up with the b-to-v "space".
posted by rodii at 3:22 PM on January 27, 2002

it's always a bad ass situation when someone says somethign is great, and it really is. thanks for finding and posting!
posted by goneill at 6:20 PM on January 28, 2002

Flash has its own bitmap-to-vector tools built in nowadays. They work pretty well for solid-colored images (e.g. logos). If you posterized video captures in Photoshop before taking them into Flash, that'd probably do the trick.
posted by kindall at 6:58 PM on January 28, 2002

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