Splash Animation - Mobile Showcase Application (Android)
This requirement is for a short animation. The animation will be displayed as a video on an Android tablet, and is a splash animation that will be played on entry to a showcase application.
The target device is an Archos 70 (8GB) tablet: this is a 7” Android-based touch-screen tablet with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It should be noted, however, that the animator does not require any Android / Archos-specific knowledge, as the device should be capable of displaying any video that uses a standard codec.
Stage 1: Choosing a format / codec for the animation
The Archos accepts a range of codecs and file formats; the technical specifications list the following capabilities:
• MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps)
• MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps)
• [url removed, login to view] HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps)
• WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 fps@10Mbps)
• M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP
Initially a very simple, brief animation needs to be produced and tested on the device, in order to determine the best codec / format for the animation. The criteria for what is the “best” codec / format combination are as follows:
• It plays on the target device – an Archos 70 (8GB) Android tablet.
• It plays on other Android-based tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer etc.
• The resolution of the video / animation exactly matches the device size – 800 x 480. This is to avoid the need to perform any scaling.
• The size of the video file is minimised, whilst still providing reasonable quality.
Note that the animator will not be expected to test that the video works on the target and other devices – this is something that I will do myself.
Probably the best way of achieving this is for the animator to produce a handful of short videos using different codecs / formats, and then for me to test these on the devices. The final format can then be agreed.
Stage 2: The animation
The animation itself is a short sequence that combines the Sturnus logo and the Android robot.
The Sturnus logo can be seen in the web banner here: www.sturnus.co.uk. It consists of a symbol - two blue lines, followed by the text: “sturnus”. Together, the symbol and text make up the logo.
Whilst the logo in the animation should be based on the logo from the Sturnus web site, for the animation it should be enhanced to make it stand out: it should be 3D and more ‘clean’ - possibly glossy or shiny.
The Android robot should be a 3D version of the flat one shown on the branding page here: [url removed, login to view]
The sequence of steps in the animation, and storyboard, are described in the document in the accompanying ZIP file.