2021-05-04 NEWSFLASH -- MacFlim ][ is in preparation. It contains SOUND and is very effective. You can see the May the 4th tech demo video here!
2021-04-04 NEWSFLASH -- ENCODING TOOLS AND APP SOURCE CODE RELEASED on github!
Demonstration video of MacFlim
This is the first public release of MacFlim, the Macintosh flim player. Whichever Macintosh you have, if it is a 512x342 one with ample disk space, you will be able to admire many flim clips, in their glorious silent black and white.
MacFlim can play 21 frames per second on a SE/30 and 10 on an upgraded Mac 128k (1Mb + SCSI)!
Just double-click on MacFlim to use it!
Open up to 8 flims and play them in windows or fullscreen!
Export your favorite images as StartUpScreens, or open them in MacPaint or in the new Photoshop!
Beware, flim files are big. How big? Well, think huge, but bigger than that. You want a SCSI2SD (if you can make sense of the different models), or a RaSCSI (if you like soldering), or a BlueSCSI (if you don't live in the EU) to store them. There is alos the MacSD which I know nothing about, but looks neat.
Download any of the below:
You can then download a few sample flims, in various dowload format (the content is identical, just choose the format the most appropriate for your setup).
A very short cinemagraph, with Coco Rocha & Behati Prinsloo. You may want to test your download setup with this one, as it is a relatively small download.
Relive the excitment of 1984 almost exactly as if you were there, in all its silent black and white glory!
A must watch! The beginning sequence of the mythic Star Wars...
Will the empire be able to repeal the terrorist attack on its flagship? Revive the excitment of this jaw dropping sequence (spoilers) !
One of the coolest action sequence ever, on your mac.
The first ever Flim, as exciting as ever!
Even with no sound and no colors, Buster Keaton keeps all its original charm! (A youtube compilation from Don McHoull)
Adrian Black in black and white, in its Digital Basement, the most genuine retro-enthousiast out there! Pop your Haribo's and let's get right to it, on the bench...
The intro of the 8 Bits guy, maybe the most famous retro youtuber.
Another retro-computer enthousiast, Noel and his retro-lab. Strangely, it looks like he never showed any Macintosh...
Joe's Computer Museum, another super cool retro-channel. Needs to be checked, he made quite a number of #Marchintosh videos.
Perifractic and his Retro Recipies.
Last, but not least, part 1 of Coastermelt, from @scanlime. Who said hacking wasn't an art? (ok, without sound, it isn't that great :-), but I couldn't resist, this pure genius, and one of my favorite youtube video).
Probably not the best showcase for MacFlim as it doesn't have a lot of grayscale, but a nice flim nonetheless!
Here is a version of Matrix Bullet Time at 12 fps ONLY, compressed with Stuffit! 1.5.1. This makes it a smaller file, 9Mb compressed and 11.4Mb uncompressed, that can useful to test on low end mac.
Beware, due to defects in MacFlim 1.0, you need to:
A) Launch MacFlim, open "Flim/Tuning..." and choose 5 for the buffer size. This will make the app require only 218880 bytes for playback buffers. Closing the dialog will quite the app.
B) Launch the app, and SELECT "Flims/Prefers Fullscreen" and UNSELECT "Flims/Prefers High Quality". This will make MacFlim open the correct (and only) stream from the file. Preview (windowed mode) will be gray, as it displays a lower resolution stream that is not included.
C) Open the file once by pressing the COMMAND key and using "File/Open Any File As Flim..." once (if you downloaded the file without its type).
D) Playing from the UI, or double-clicking the file in the Finder should launch the flim. Let me know how it goes.
As you may have noticed, there is no flim on cyclimse. This is as expected.