Graphical Animation of Dynamic Finite Element/difference Program Output Data Onto Video Tape

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$170K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptek, Inc.
1257 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THIS PHASE II WORK WILL DEVELOP AND DELIVER A VIDEOTAPE ANIMATION SYSTEM THAT WILL BE USED BY WES EMPLOYEES TO MAKE COLOR COMPUTER GRAPHIC MOVIES OF DYNAMIC FINITE ELEMENT AND FINITE DIFFERENCE OUTPUT DATA. THE ANIMATION SYSTEM WILL CONSIST OF A COLOR COMPUTER GRAPHICS TERMINAL, A VIDEO IMAGE ENCODER, A VIDEOTAPE RECORDER CONTROLLER, VIDEOTAPE RECORDER, A TELEVISION MONITOR, A COMPUTER GRAPHIC SOFTWARE PACKAGE AND THE VIDEOTAPE RECORDER CONTROLLING SOFTWARE. OTHER TOPICS OF THIS PHASE II WORK ARE: 1) DEVELOPMENT OF A NEURAL FORMAT FOR INTERFACING THE MANY DYNAMIC FE AND FD CODES AT WES TO THE ANIMATION SYSTEM, 2) DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-QUALITY TEXT FONT THAT WILL DISPLAY READABLE TEST ON A TV MONITOR, 3) DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAPABILITY TO UTILIZE COMPUTER GRAPHIC IMAGES FROM MANY COMPUTER GRAPHICS SOFTWARE PACKAGES, 4) THE INVESTIGATION OF THE TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTROLLER AND HOST NECESSARY FOR FRAME GRABBING, AND 5) THE INVESTIGATION OF AUDIO RECORDING OF NARRATION, SOUND EFFECTS, ETC. ONTO THE VIDEOTAPE.