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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Simon Tytherleigh's discussion First test for DIY moco rig
"Here's a little video of the rig in action. The first shot shows it resetting to first position, which is when it moves quite fast. The second shows it going through a test move, when it captures the live view image.  The next task is to…"
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Simon Tytherleigh's discussion First test for DIY moco rig
"Here are some pics of the rig itself. A bit homemade, but it works. "
2 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Simon Tytherleigh's discussion First test for DIY moco rig
"The challenge for getting a nice smooth motion seems to be animating between keyframes. Haven't got my head round this yet. It's simple enough to program a straight move, but an arc needs intermediate keyframes, and these can introduce all…"
9 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Simon Tytherleigh's discussion First test for DIY moco rig
"I think I have sorted the backlash problem by fixing the motor more securely. Will get some photos of the rig to post, and some video of it working. Although the shot looks fast, it does move very slowly! I will do a thread on how I made it sometime…"
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First test for DIY moco rig

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 1 hour ago. 7 Replies

At long last I have finally got my moco rig working, thanks to a busy weekend with Roos Mattaar. It's a 6 axis rig with a crane arm and a 1.5m track. Connecting everything up has been quite a challenge, and I probably will be modifying some of the gears to improve performance.But the ArcMoco interface with Dragonframe is excellent. We managed to produce a couple of moves, which have exciting potential. These are just the rough videos made from the live view, not proper shots, and we just slung some scenery and props in there to point the camera at not to create a particular scene. had to forego the focus control, as the driver was playing up and I managed to fry one (don't buy the Chinese copies!), and the tilt also took a holiday. Severe backlash from the rotation, which will be addressed somehow. Any suggestions gratefully received.The track operates with a ballscrew, a bit slow but very positive. Rotation is via 25:125 gears. Crane uses belt drive, which seems good once tensioned. Pan and tilt are 25:100 gears and focus uses a 40 tooth gear onto a flexible 0.8mod gear ring.But the great news is, after all this time it works!Continue

Budget home studio?

Started by Monica Broadley in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Monica Broadley 12 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hi, I'm in the process of setting up a semi-professional workspace for animating, in the spare room of a rental apartment. Hoping for advice about lighting options and blocking out windows and stuff? My previous experience at Uni was with professional film equipment, way out of my price range, so I'm hoping you guys know of some ways to get decent results without the multi-thousand dollar price tag. I'm in Australia, if that makes any difference to your suggestions. Thanks in advance for any help, this is something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

Stop Motion Blockouts

Started by leah appleton in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi , im currently a student studying animation who's specializing in stop motion. For our academic writing we have to discuss the media we have chosen to specialize in, talking about the process in depth as if we where presenting a seminar on the very subject. One of the areas that i'm struggling to find any real in depth information on is the process of 'Blocking out' the sets and creating a blocked out animatic. To me this process is just as important as story boarding and I want to be able to convey in as much detail as possible why and how the process is done. From what I have gathered its a thrown around term and many company have different names for it but the overall result is the same - Sets build from cardboard and characters animated pose to pose.  I was wondering if anyone here had any resources with more information on the process or if you would like to share with me your experience on the topic, any more information can get would be greatly appreciated. *Not sure if i've put this in the right topic but I figure it adheres to animation as a wholeContinue

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Puppet head Mechanical

Started by Greyguy in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy yesterday. 4 Replies

Interview I did at the NFB on the Film The Awakening

Under The Apple Tree wins at Dragon Con Film Festival Atlanta 2016

Started by Erik van Schaaik in FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. Last reply by Greyguy on Saturday. 8 Replies

77,000 people, one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world, and yet ANOTHER WIN for Under the Apple Tree which has been awarded the FIRST PRIZE ANIMATED FANTASY at the 2016 Dragon Con Film Festival Atlanta (USA). Thank you very much, dear Dragon Conmen, and a big thanks to the Man from Atlanta!http://www.undertheappletree-movie.comContinue

Tags: dragon, con, schaaik, award, tree

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 316 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a new episode of LIVE CHAT hosted by Marc Spess on at 8pm Central time. Set you computer's alarm so ya don't forget! Here's a link to the live show page... Click Here!Continue

Backup your Photos

Started by Anthony Scott in SITE FEEDBACK. Last reply by Anthony Scott on Wednesday. 5 Replies

I am in the process of archiving content on the site. I've exceeded the 10gb limit by 4gb and need to delete/archive the older content. Most likely your Photos. So if you have posted any photos, please make sure you have a backup in case I can't save them. I will begin removing the oldest photos in one week.I was having no luck installing the latest version of the Ning Archiver Tool. Luckily, I located an older version which seems to be working now.Continue

New and seeking guidance about 3D printing.

Started by Erik Stickley in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Sep 19. 1 Reply

Hello, everyone! I'm new to this site, and new to Stop Motion in general. I don't even have my first puppet made.Speaking of my puppet, I have a 3D printer, and I wanted to know if it would be efficient to use 3D printed joints for my armature. No doubt full metal armatures work best for animating, but since I don't have the means to do any form of metal work or machining, I was hoping that 3D printing was a viable option.Thank you for help!Continue

Animating stone eroding over time

Started by Jasper Kuipers in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by Jasper Kuipers Sep 19. 11 Replies

Ok, I have been pondering over this one for a while now and can't seem to come up with a solution. I need to animate a couple of shots of limestone/ sandstone eroding as if we were looking at a time lapse. The shots have to range from one that looks like hills or mountains (but without any plants)but also close ups of a stone statues face.I thought of casting in Some way with sand paired with something else to hold it together enough to keep its shape but soft enough to work on with a stiff brush frame By frame untill it crumbles.Any idea's anyone?Continue

Tags: time-lapse, effect, practical, erosion, Stone

VHS Degradation

Started by Ryan Strochinsky in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS. Last reply by Ryan Strochinsky Sep 19. 3 Replies

I was wondering if anyone's experimented with VHS degradation as a post production effect in their stop motion work. I know a lot of musicians, especially in the ambient world will use tape to add a sort of lo-fi character to their work. I am interested in making a film with slower/longer landscape shots, and I've realized that in live action film their is a lot subtle movements in nature that give these shots life. Perhaps the unstableness of vhs would be a way to compensate for this? Are there other similiar ways to affect video?


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