Perhaps you can explain better what a Flip Clock effect is.
If you can find such a thing in Flash Professional 5, you could import the animation effect from there. From the InDesign Animation panel menu, choose Manage Presets. In the Manage Presets dialog box, you have the option to load an XML file exported from Flash Pro.
I am guessing it is one of those old style clocks before LED Clocks were on the market. The Hour, 10's and 1's minutes were metal plates that flipped to the next number.
This would be a good use for a 3d app or maybe Photoshop/After Effects, not sure though...
Hi Steve and Silkrooster,
Thanks for your reply. I should have been clearer about what the flip clock effect was! It's exactly what Silkrooster has described. I believe it's also been used at airports for the flight timetables, before LEDs were used. According to Wikipedia, it's called a split-flap display (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-flap_display)
Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of Flash Professional 5 at work. I'll ask around and see if anyone's got a copy of it.
What I was hoping to do was to integrate it into the existing artwork and exporting it all straight from InDesign. Any suggestions/advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Do you have Photoshop CS5 Extended?
Is that the only way to achieve this effect?
Not really, it was just wishful thinking on my end. You either need to create 3d mesh objects or fudge it using a 2d image. Its just easier with 3d. Do a google search for free 3d apps. One is called blender at ( http://www.blender.org/ ). It is over kill for what you need, but it can do the job. Not can only model the number plates, but the entire clock if needed. Plus it can can be animated and exported as an animation file (avi,mov) This file can then be imported into flash and converted into an flv file, if needed.