Creative Optical Illusion Animations Using a Turntable

We often share cool slow motion or time-lapse videos here on PetaPixel, but this video is a bit different. YouTube user brusspup uses a turntable spinning at 45RPM to create amazing optical illusion animations. To a human eye look at the turntable, everything looks like a blur, but record it at 24 frames per second, and amazing animations appear!

In the description, brusspup writes:

The images of the guy jumping is me. I recorded myself jumping in the living room then took 30 frames from that footage and traced the images in photoshop and filled with black. Then printed out the 30 images and cut each one out. I used 30 wooden blocks and glued them to a piece of construction paper then taped the images of the jumping guy to the clear sheet and aligned them with the blocks.

The idea is similar to what a zoetrope does.

  • HippyKev

    Inspiring young Sir. Excellent work;-)

  • davidlantner

    This same effect is used by many turntables to show the listener that the platter is rotating at the appropriate speed. For example, the Technics SL1200 has a built-in strobe light (the red light under the power switch, above the square-ish start/stop button) that shines on the metal dots on the platter:

    A particular line of dots should appear motionless at a particular speed. In this video, you can see a similar effect achieved by the vertical lines in the platter when filmed – they “move” as the speed is adjusted (e.g., between 0:45 and 0:50 in the video).

  • seegullmedia

    This is really cool! I was blown away by the last one of the guy jumping on the boxes. I love the style. It almost looks like stop motion, but I know it’s not.

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  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it _exactly_ what a zoetrope does?

  • Logo Design Canada

    Never seen this type of amazing video i like this creative illusion work art.
    Thanks i share this video on facebook with my friends also.