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StopmoNick replied to Pell Osborn's discussion Is there a better frame-grabbing program for Macs than Frame Thief?
"Dragonframe is the professional choice for framegrabbing on a Mac. (It also runs on Windows.) It does the basics well, and a lot of stuff I don't have the budget for like lighting control and motion control. Unlike Framethief, it is not free,…"
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Jason Whetzell replied to Jason Whetzell's discussion I want to use Dragonframe's motion control (Is this what I need?)
"Hi, This item was grouped on amazon with a 24 volt power supply will that not work for me? Will I need resistors for this bigger driver (and also is that driver sufficient) that I have or are they built in? Thanks for letting me know…"
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Jason Whetzell replied to Jason Whetzell's discussion I want to use Dragonframe's motion control (Is this what I need?)
"Hey, thanks so much for the reply! Can you explain the importance of 1/16 microsteps?  I have one of these green block drivers.   This will be revealing of my lack of knowledge with electronics; should the current or pk current match…"
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Light Stuff & Flicker

Started by Serge Taganski in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick 13 minutes ago. 1 Reply

hello fellows!here is my question, but first some explanation.i use fluorescent softboxes & dslr, and its works perfectly fine, but for some pictures, i would like to use webcam (dont ask me why :D) and faced with a trouble - just cant work with this light, so, what do you advise for imitation of a daylight for webcam? oh, p.s, i use ms lifecam studio, for example.Continue

Is there a better frame-grabbing program for Macs than Frame Thief?

Started by Pell Osborn in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by StopmoNick 24 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Greetings.We need to update our frame-grabbing system for shooting art work for our LineStorm Animation programs.For smooth, traditional hand-drawn animation projects, we use the streaming rate of ten drawings for every second of screen time. This creates an appealing, loose look... See "Six Simple Machines, animated at MIT"   The capture process is time-consuming, of course, but for the past ten years, we've been using Frame Thief, with great success, and we've made the capture process as fleet as possible.Tragically, our faithful 14-yr-old Power Mac G5 Tower just bit the dust. And Frame Thief hasn't been upgraded for 10 years. So, we figure it's a good time to move on to the next best program.Is there a better frame-grabbing program for Macs than Frame Thief?If someone could advise us on this, we'd be much obliged.With best of luck on all your projects, andThanks in advance,Pell OsbornMotionArt Studios, BostonContinue

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I want to use Dragonframe's motion control (Is this what I need?)

Started by Jason Whetzell in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Jason Whetzell 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm hoping someone has some experience with this.Here is what I want from it.-I just need a single axis for now-I want to be able to key frame and then with each frame the motion advances automaticallyI have an arduino setup with a stepper motor, I know that is the first step.I then found this on amazon.  I never considered a worm gear, I always thought a belt drive was the only method on a budget. Will this item work for what I want?'m assuming I can just rig a camera mount on top and run an arduino uno to it and connect it via dragon frame.  Is there more to it?Thanks everyone!P.S.This is the best tutorial I've found so far, I'm just a little confused on the functionality and if it is automated or not because on the dragonframe site there is a lot of talk on Real Time vs Non Real Time and I'm not sure what that is exactly.Continue

Good tripod for stop motion?

Started by Twin Tales in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 8 hours ago. 7 Replies

Howdy!My brother and I are looking for a new tripod. What are good tripods for stop motion animation? We currently got the velbon df60 which have worked okay, but the weight is a bit to light so it's not that sturdy and easy to bump, which tend to be annoying. And some parts are now broken.We were thinking of getting a geared head, it is supposedly better than a ball head, cause it is more precise? We do alot of camera movements in our films, alot of tilts and pans etc...andwe like to have the ability to do that.Our budget is around 500 dollars.Any thoughts? Thanks!Continue

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Anyone have a Live View correction cap?

Started by Andrew in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Nick Rowley yesterday. 15 Replies

So I just tried to order the Live View correction cap from Dragonframe for my Canon body but apparently they are out of stock until sometime in February. Is there anyone here that has one they could ship to me, let me recalibrate and then ship I it back with a crisp $20? (I could also just kick some money via PayPal)Or if anyone has a work around...Thanks!Continue

Tags: cap, LV, Dragonframe, view, Live

How to add cgi work to stop motion

Started by Bobby in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StampMotionStudio on Saturday. 1 Reply

When doing stop motion, i want to use mouth shapes like laika and aardman. how do i do this?Continue

Teen Animation Festival International

Started by Anthony Scott in FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS on Saturday. 0 Replies

I was contacted by The Walt Disney Family Museum regarding the Teen Animation Festival International. They are currently looking for short animated films. Visit their website for more information.DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:      Friday, March 17th DATE OF EVENT:                                 Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017    This event is open only to TAFI participants, their families, and teachers. The museum will host 2 days of programs including self-guided tours through the museum galleries, a panel discussion with industry professionals, a talk by a noted animator, screenings of selected submissions in our state-of-the-art theater, and an awards ceremony. Check back in April for the day of event schedule. Continue

Dragon Frame's Lens Correction Cap reviews?

Started by Andrew in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Andrew on Saturday. 6 Replies

I am using a Canon 40d EOS with the Dragon frame program. I have a non-digital, manual Nikon lens (with adaptor). They have a new product advertised as the "lens correction cap", which allows a "zeroing out" of my digital camera's settings. My impression is that this will allow a better live view exposure during animation. Perhaps I will no longer have to deal with the very dark live view screen. Dragon Frame's website claims that my camera will remember the last f-stop setting of any digital lens that was mounted on my camera body. So...Couldn't I just briefly attach a digital canon lens with auto-focus, open up the aperture to lowest setting (2.5 or whatever) , then re-attach my manual nikon lens for animation? Wouldn't I be re-setting my camera body's aperture setting to 2.5? Then Dragon Frame would take it from there, and my live view screen could be brighter?I am just thinking of a way to avoid spending the $65 on a cap that I will only use once. Perhaps I could put that $65 towards a digital lens for non-animation use. Any reviews of this lens cap or possible solutions will be appreciated.Thanks,AndrewContinue

Tags: Correction, Cap, Nikon, Lens, EOS

'So Late So Soon' Short film

Started by Jake Dudas in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT on Friday. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone, This is my first attempt at stop motion for a uni project, have only ever made props etc beforehand. I know the lighting needs some work and its not the most refined but I would love some feedback!, -JakeContinue

Tags: handmade, cut, paper, stopmotion

Talking Sandwich Mixed Media?

Started by Calin Johnson in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Calin Johnson on Friday. 6 Replies

Hey everyone! I've been trying to figure out how to create a realistic talking sandwich - in the sense that it looks physically real - for a few months now. Originally, I thought I would cut the bread thick enough to manipulated it with fingers, like a hand puppet. However, once I rewatched the Florida Orange juice commercials from the late '90s, I really wanted to mimic the quality of mouth articulation they pull off. question is how do you think they pulled this off? Is this stop motion, claymation, and puppetry combined? The bread and toppings look real to me except the olives appear to be clay, I assume. The way the bread moves makes me question it's realness though.Can anyone give me some insight or tips to attempt this? Thanks!Continue



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