TIME/SPACE experiment on YouTube

I’ve been meaning to convert some of the output of my TIME/SPACE experiment on YouTube for a while now. Unfortunately the current incarnation of that project is a Flash movie, and Flash doesn’t let you simply save the images you generate. At least not very conveniently.

I’d been looking into complicated stuff like mmsave, when it dawned on me that there are plenty of tools out there that let you simply record whatever’s on your screen. I ended up using Windows Media Encoder to grab these and VirtualDub to crop and convert them. Took just a few minutes.

The movie above is a shot from Aeon Flux with the time and X axis reversed. You’re basically seeing the every moment in the shot at once, while traveling along the X axis (whereas usually you’d see the full width while moving through time). Here’s what that does to Finding Nemo’s turtle scene:

And to a scene from Out of Sight.

The reason I wanted to put these on YouTube is be able to post them on my blog without the risk of my server being overrun. The web page I put up for this experiment is very heavy and could potentially cause high server loads. However, if you feel you absolutely must play with the effect yourself, please feel free to take a look.



  1. Stumbles onto your site and discovered some one has been thinking along the same lines.
    I did this video a while ago:

    Thanks for working on this stuff. I think it is pretty fascinating and it is pretty clear you have been giving it some serious thought.

    Comment by tocs2 — March 9, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    • And here I was hoping I’d finally had a truly original idea 🙂 (actually, the whole slit scan photography idea turns out to be about as old as photography itself).

      Comment by Roy — March 9, 2009 @ 5:03 pm