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Twin Tales replied to Twin Tales's discussion Good tripod for stop motion?
"Thanks for the tips Simon and Nick! Do they still make Manfrotto 075B? I can't find any info about it at all. I took a look at the 055 series and they look very good and so does the  Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head. Haven't thought of…"
7 hours ago
StopmoNick replied to Twin Tales's discussion Good tripod for stop motion?
"You can get away with a normal tripod (not a light travel one for putting in your backpack, but not heavy either), provided you don't touch the camera to take the shots (which you won't, using a frame grabber) or bump into it when…"
15 hours ago
Charles Jensen posted a discussion

Looking for specific type of armature hardware

Does anyone know where I can find an assortment of mounting hardware for 1/4 metal rod?I am looking for something I can screw machine screws into. So something that clamps to the rod and then you can screw into. Plastic with metal threaded parts would be ideal. Cheaper the better.See More
17 hours ago
StampMotionStudio commented on StampMotionStudio's video

Stamp Motion Extra - Channel Trailer

"Well there are many ways of rig removal. Stop Motion Pro has a built in "Rig Removal" tool, yet I use DragonFrame. I would either import the images into Adobe Photoshop to paint out the rig, or more likely use Adobe After Effects by…"
23 hours ago


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Good tripod for stop motion?

Started by Twin Tales in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Twin Tales 7 hours ago. 3 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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Looking for specific type of armature hardware

Started by Charles Jensen in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT 17 hours ago. 0 Replies

Does anyone know where I can find an assortment of mounting hardware for 1/4 metal rod?I am looking for something I can screw machine screws into. So something that clamps to the rod and then you can screw into. Plastic with metal threaded parts would be ideal. Cheaper the better.Continue

Advice 4 Choosing First Camera

Started by Cadmus Rimbaud in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Cadmus Rimbaud yesterday. 4 Replies

Greetings!Thus far in my animation career I have done all of my work using my iPhone 5 and whatever apps fit the job. I've been more than pleased with the quality I've been able to achieve. However, the time has come to upgrade partly due to the need to expand and grow aaaand partly due to irreparable damage to my phone's camera lens...I have some projects I'd like to get a move on with asap, so in the next few weeks I'll be looking into digital cameras that work for stop motion. I'm not nearly as technologically savvy as I ought to be, so any advice is very welcome.I've heard about Canon DSLR's being used in stop motion, so I feel that might be a good place to start. I'm looking to spend $180-300 to start. I may go up to the $450 range if need be. Anyone have recommendations?...If the camera can also film live action as a separate function then great! In addition to camera, I'll also need some kind of frame-grabber software and or editing software I imagine. Any ideas? As much as it bums me out, Dragonframe is way out of my budget. Thanks!-CadmusContinue

Are My Characters Original?

Started by Natalie Grammer in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 8 Replies

Hi guys I'm new here and am very excited to be in this awesome stop-motion community :)Basically, I am working on a stop-motion short film until about May for my senior project at my university. Today I met up with my professor and she gave me quite a scare because she said my characters looked oddly familiar to her. She couldn't put her finger on it but I wanted to do some research. Obviously I don't want to plagiarize someone else's hard work. If you think these characters look too similar to another animated character from somewhere else, please let me know! I'm only interested in making unique characters and I don't want to copyright. Thank you!!Continue

Anyone have a Live View correction cap?

Started by Andrew in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by John Lewis yesterday. 4 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

puppet diy costs

Started by Hannah Garcia in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Evan DeRushie on Tuesday. 5 Replies

I'm wondering how much it will cost me to create a puppet after purchasing a ball socket armature. I see that the armatures can fall around the 100/150 range and that fits our budget. I'm wondering what the next steps would be and how much they would on average cost. and how long the process takes. sorry for all the questions. really desperate :( Continue

Tags: ball, diy, cost

Is asking 300$ for a ball and socket armature puppet (from scratch) enough?

Started by Hannah Garcia in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Evan DeRushie on Tuesday. 16 Replies

Hi!I'm hannah. I'm new here and am looking to pitch my final thesis project as a short stop motion film. I'm so happy to have found this site. I emailed some puppet fabricators yesterday that do custom work. I asked if 300$ for a puppet with ball and socket armature is doable. she hasnt replied and im kind of worried! Was i way out of line? I cannot find average doll prices anywhere i look!Thanks!Continue

Tags: average, general, price, cost, puppet

Please help! Dragon wont recognise my Canon 5d mark ii

Started by Adam Dowling in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Adam Dowling on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Please help! Dragon wont recognise my Canon 5d mark ii! My pc finds it but Dragonframe wont?Ive tried reset connections and still nothing. Any help will be really appreciated.ThanksContinue

Tags: frame, Dragon

Talking Sandwich Mixed Media?

Started by Calin Johnson in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by StopmoNick on Tuesday. 5 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

Felt Cowboy Hat

Started by Stuart Bury in HAIR & COSTUME. Last reply by StopmoNick on Tuesday. 8 Replies

I'm trying to make a Boss of the Planes style cowboy hat. I've been looking and looking for some very thin felt fabric but can only find very thick fabric. Does anyone know of a material that could look similar? My google-fu has turned up nothing.I thought about making out of chipboard and covering with grass flock, then painting it to the color I wanted. Has anyone used grass flock for anything besides grass? I guess I'll try it out and get back to you guys.Continue



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