Nintendo will be launching a free program that allows a user to create cartoons or animated movies on their DSi handheld.
One single Flipnote animation can have hundreds of frames, meaning there is plenty of scope to get creative – but Nintendo claims that the software remains simple to use and no technical knowledge is required in order to create an animation.
The tools are very simple – a pen, eraser and paint brush, with three colours available: black, red and blue. You can adjust the speed of the Flipnote, copy and paste pages or ‘frames’ and even import photos as black and white images from the Nintendo DSi Camera Album.
Once an image is imported, its contrast and saturation can be adjusted using a slider system for different visual effects and an outline effect can be applied to make an image made up of outlines, as if drawn into the software.
Users can also use the Nintendo DSi’s microphone to record sounds for your Flipnote, such as music, speech or sound effects. There are some additional tools for expert users – such as layering, shrinking, enlarging and advanced recording – and you can save your animation to an SD card to play on a friend’s Nintendo DSi.
Using the Flipnote Hatena with Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, you are free to trade, grade and save animations from all Flipnote Studio users. It is even possible to continue a Flipnote created by another user. User-created Flipnotes can also be watched, evaluated and commented on devices such as a PC via the Nintendo DSi: Flipnote Hatena website. (http://flipnote.hatena.com/)
Two users of Flipnote Studio may share Flipnotes using the Wireless Communication feature of the Nintendo DSi, and when Flipnotes have been shared between users, they can save each other as friends on the Nintendo DSi system and on Flipbook Hatena.
This new software is available for download on the Nintendo DSi Shop starting August 14.