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Video-2-Slit-Scan allows you to create a slit-scan image from a video. It provides a graphical interface for adjusting slit position and size. Video-2-Slit-Scan can support very large videos with modest RAM since it streams in the input video and writes out the output image to disk in chunks. Released for Windows and macOS (Mac/Apple/OS-X) as free software under the MIT license and makes use of FFmpeg binaries licensed under the GPU v3 see LICENSE.

Slit-scan generated from Wellspring Fords video slit-scan generated from Wellspring Fords video, 2017




Intel version tested on macOS Sierra 10.12.6. Silicon version tests on macOS 12.6.3 on an Apple M1


Tested on Windows 11 x64

Linux x64

Tested on Ubuntu amd64

Note on Keyframes

The latest release no longer has keyframing capabilities, please download release v0.2.4 or earlier if you need this feature.


  • Launch the App
  • Click Open Video File, choose a video
  • Output file should get auto-populated, but if not, click Set Output File to choose a save location
  • Click Generate Slit-Scan Image, a slit-scan image with default settings will saved to your Desktop (or output file location)


app screenshot

app screenshot


  • Given an input video, create a single output TIF (or PNG) grabbing a single vertical slice from each frame
  • Adjust position and size of slit
  • Manually adjust slit position as video plays (versions 0.2.4 and earlier only)
  • Create moving slits over time by specifying slit position at keyframes and interpolating between keyframes over time (version 0.2.4 and earlier only)
  • Performance. Video-2-Slit-Scan Should support very large input videos and very large output images. Videos are streamed in as needed, output images are not stored entirely in memory, but instead written to disk in small chunks (so you doo need sufficient disk space available). NOTE, that this allow previewing the output image in real-time using your OS image viewer during generation.


Slit-scan photography, imaging and cinematography have a long history in film and digitally. This app allows you to experiment with one particular slit-scan technique: digitally converting a video to a single ultra wide image. This app was originally commissioned by Jan Kubasiewicz who has created many beautiful works exploring various slit-scan techniques.

See also Strip photography for a more technical discussion on various techniques and history. Also known as streak images, streak photography, slit camera and slit scan camera.

Developer Notes

New Developer Setup

  • Install Java JDK 17+
  • Install Eclipse 2023-06 (or later)
  • run
  • Import Project Into Eclipse
  • Create a new run configuration with Video2SlitScan set at the main class

Build Installers:

Set JAVA_HOME environment variable to a Java JDK 17+ installation (so Gradle can run). All installers will be generated in the build directory. NOTE: the macOS installers open and edit GUI windows during the build so do not use your mouse or keyboard during the building process.

On Mac Silicon (M1/M2) run:

./gradlew createDmgArm    

On Mac x64 (or Silicon with Rosetta) run:

./gradlew createDmgIntel    

On Windows: - Install - add C:\Program Files (x86)\Inno Setup 6 to your PATH environment variable

./gradlew createWindowsInstaller64

On Linux x64 run:

./gradlew createZipLinuxAmd64

NOTE: first download JDKs for the platform you are building on:

unzip to: jdk/jdk-17.0.8_macos-aarch64.jdk/Contents/Home

unzip to: jdk/jdk-17.0.8_macos-x64/Contents/Home

unzip to: jdk/jdk-17.0.8_windows-x64.jdk

unzip to: jdk/jdk-17.0.8_linux-x64.jdk

Debug Windows build.

To get additional JVM logging, launch Video-2-Slit-Scan from the Command Prompt:


Debug Mac build.

To get additional logging, control-click on application icon, click Show Package Contents, browse to Contents > MacOS and double-click JavaAppLauncher. Logging will show up in the Terminal window.

Create or Update App Icons


  • Create PNG image 1024x1024
  • Convert to iconset folder with Icon Generator
  • Tweak individual icons if need be rename icons to Apple's latest scheme
  • Rename folder to icon.iconset
  • Convert to icns file with iconutil -c icns -o icon.icns icon.iconset then copy into icon.icns into the doc/ directory


  • Create PNG images (see windows docs for latest sizes), currently 16,32,48,256
  • Convert to .ico using ImageMagick convert icon-16.png icon-32.png icon-48.png icon-256.png icon.ico
  • Copy .ico file to doc/ directory


Video-2-Slit-Scan allows you to create a slit-scan (slitscan) image from a video







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