System for selectively buffering and displaying relevant frames from interleaving frames associated with respective animation sequences stored in a medium in response to user selection

  • US 5,734,862 A
  • Filed: 05/31/1994
  • Issued: 03/31/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/31/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for creating an interactive production on a medium having a spiral data track, comprising the following steps:

  • creating a first animation sequence of digital frames showing a first action;

    creating a second animation sequence of digital frames for selectively display in place of the first animation sequence, wherein the second animation sequence is a selectable path in the interactive production and shows a second action;

    writing the first and second animation sequences of frames to the medium by interleaving the frames of the first animation sequence with the frames of the second animation sequence to create the interactive production; and

    wherein a computer system is used to play back the interactive production, wherein the computer system comprises a processor, user input device, display screen, and a drive for reading the medium, the method further comprising the following steps performed under the control of the processor;

    continuously reading the interleaved frames from the medium;

    displaying only the frames of the first animation sequence on the display screen to play back the first animation;

    accepting signals from the user input device selecting the second animation sequence; and

    in response to the signals from the user input device, displaying only the frames of the second animation sequence on the display screen to play back the second animation.

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