When one imagines a flipbook, they usually picture stick figures drawn on the corners of a notebook page, moving about as you watch the pages fly by. But with Flickbooks by Netcetera AG, users can turn their own videos into a published flipbook simply by uploading their footage to this easy-to-use application.
Upon startup, users will discover the main menu, which provides three buttons: New Flickbook, My Flickbooks and How It Works. How It Works acts as a great starting point, for it plots out the three easy steps it takes to create your own Flickbook.
First, users must select a video. For those starting a new Flickbook, you may choose to either record a new movie right within the application, or you may choose an existing movie by uploading your footage and waiting for Flickbooks to process and slice your movie into the pages that will form your flipbook. Be sure, though, that your footage length is between six and 15 seconds, for nothing shorter or longer can be processed. To crop your footage to the right length using the most important segments, position the beginning and end where you’d like the book to start and finish, as you will be able to preview your pages. If you don’t like what you see, simply shake your device to start over.
Next, users can design their books cover by choosing the background color and text. Users may save the flipbook as a draft to return to later or proceed to the ordering stages of the process. The printed flipbooks (100 x 56 mm, 50 pages) are made of high-quality paper, guaranteed to be durable and of the highest standard. Users need only have access to a Wi-Fi network in order to successfully transfer their footage to the Flickbooks printers. Including postage and packaging, Flickbook costs start at EUR 12.90 and arrive between 12-15 working days.
Stemming from a rather clever idea, Flickbooks allows users to immortalize short portions of their recorded memories in the form of a creative, personal flipbook. And though this may appeal to many, the pricing seems a bit high for such a small object, inevitably acting as a deterrent. However, this does not defeat the fact that Flickbooks promises to provide a unique service and product.
Flickbooks [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone (3GS and 4) and iPod Touch (4G). A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.