Artifact Details

Title

Early digital paint systems demonstration - narration by Alvy Ray Smith

Catalog Number

102737979

Type

Moving image

Date

1977-07-18; 2015-09-21

Participants

Smith, Alvy Ray, Narration

Duration

00:18:00

Format

MOV

Description

Designed between 1972 and 1974 by Xerox PARC engineer Richard Shoup, SuperPaint was an early graphics paint system. The system used a Data General Nova computer, and an early form of frame buffer created using 16 shift registers. Alvy Ray Smith, who had worked with Shoup on creating SuperPaint, narrates this video that demonstrates the capabilities of the system, starting with Shoup using the paint system to create images using the toolkit. Shoup’s images include some of the earliest color computer animation, created by Shoup using a graphics pad. SuperPaint was used to create graphics for KQED television, and the Pioneer Venus project. Shoup was awarded an Emmy for his work in the 1980s, and shared a technical Academy Award with Smith and Tommy Porter.

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7611.2016
 

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