I’ve been surfing through youtube quite a bit lately as part of a larger post I’m working on and have found a few unrelated jewels thanks to a few particularly good user accounts (I’m looking at you crystalsculpture, crystalsculpture2, and crystalsculpture3). One such find includes the above animation featuring a talking floppy disc with a barret describing himself as computer graphics application software program. Even in 1985 PC graphics were remarkably ugly.
On a related note, some of the comments in the youtube thread are fairly informative. I’ve posted them below for the tech geeks and video artists in the crowd.
Q: Is this real time or prerendered?
A: It was done in real time. Not pre-rendered. The Mindset had an ‘overlay’ box that could combine live or taped video with the graphics from the Mindset. Some scenes, like the schoolroom were pre-recorded on videotape. But, most, like the doll-house furniture and the typewriter used live video with a programmed animation.
By 1992 there were a lot of options for animation. The Amiga had been introduced and the PC Clone performance was at least a little improved. The problem was that any PC based animation almost always had to be pre-rendered because of the lack of a custom chip to move the bits in hardware rather than software.
Q: This can’t be from ’85!!!
A: There were better pre-render systems in 1985 based on Compaq and Targa. But, there were really only two machines capable of doing real-time animation. The first was the ZGrass, which I also owned, and the second was the Mindset. The Amiga wasn’t introduced until a bit later than this. And, even that mostly relied on pre-rendering animation.