This is a quick shot from a 30 second short that I am working on. I'm trying to get a more natural feel to the animation in this one. Your feedback is welcome. Thanks.There's some strobing which I'm pretty sure is caused by the heater turning on and sapping power. What's the least obtrusive fix for that? I'm renting the place and can't mess with the wiring.

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Animation looks good, but I couldn't understand the last bit of the dialog.  "Do yo think it's cuffy Mayan?  Copy Ma'am?"

What do you mean by strobing?  I didn't see any flicker (image getting brighter or darker) which can be caused by the lights dimming due to the mains voltage dropping slightly.  And something switching on that draws a lot of power can do that.   I had to put in a double-conversion UPS to smooth out the power, to stop my lights changing brightness as the voltage varies all the time. 

Otherwise, "strobing" is usually used to describe how the illusion of movement doesn't quite work when you move the puppet too far from frame to frame, with no blurring.  I saw a couple of small twitches in the clothing, moving because the puppet is being handled, but no real pops in the animation.  I think it looks good.

Thanks for the feedback Nick.

Sorry, I meant flicker. I did my best to get rid of it in after effects but I can't seem to get it completely gone.

The last bit of dialog is "copy mine" but it gets cut off going into the next shot. It's a clip from Juno.

There's some strobing which I'm pretty sure is caused by the heater turning on and sapping power. What's the least obtrusive fix for that? I'm renting the place and can't mess with the wiring.

The simplest way to fix it without messing with wiring is to put on a layer or two of clothes and shut off the furnace until the shot is done. That's for shots you haven't already done of course. 

Ok, watched it a few times for flicker. I see it but only in the shadows on the lower face and below it, on the upper shirt. Not on the brightly lit walls behind the puppets at all. So I don't think it's furnace flicker - looks more like you might be standing in a spot where you're reflecting light onto the puppet (or blocking it) for a couple of frames. 

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Ok, maybe not, it's hard to tell. 

haha. Yeah, I wish the furnace was heating my studio. I'm out there with ice sickles, happily animating away with frosty toes, but the heat goes inside to warm my family. I agree though, no furnace turning on solves the problem.

Thanks Strider. I'll see what I can do.

Send the fam to stay with friends during Animating Time!  

"This house is closed during the hours of..."

Haha - ok, maybe not.. Hey, I wonder if you could run an extension cord out to the shed (or is it a garage?) from a different circuit that maybe isn't affected when the heater kicks on? Or is there any such circuit? I've found in my house that an extension from the kitchen seems unaffected - I'm assuming the kitchen needs a very stable circuit to protect the food in the Frigideezer. Anyway just a random thought. 

What I've done before is wait until the furnace stops running, then shoot a few frames, and if it's on when I'm ready to shoot I wait. Of course that's dependent on being able to hear when it's running, and I'm in the basement right next to it. 

Nice! My wife just laughed. I'm probably going to have to wait in between furnace cycles like you suggested. Thanks for the tips you guys.

"Copy my answers", is what I got from this because I could hear the next syllable starting before it cuts off. 

Double-checking, 

http://www.getyarn.io/yarn-clip/123b87e8-b4a6-433e-bcb8-4e745c0cb058

Juno actually interrupts him in the movie: 

http://www.mwavs.com/php/sounds/?id=bst&media=M4RS&type=Mov...

Always good to shoot an extra 20 frames with maybe black screen at the end, similar to how some framegrabbers smash to black and continue to play the audio afterwards.


I tested for flicker caused by the voltage changing, by clipping a multimeter to the power, and placing it in front of the camera. Other houses and factories in the neighborhood could affect the voltage, not just what is happening in my own house. But to make sure, I switched my 1200 watt foam baking oven on and off. When the frames looked darker, I could see the needle go down in those frames, and it went up by half a volt or a volt in the brighter frames. Voltage was much steadier between 1 and 5 am, with the factories shut and nothing much swithing on and off, but I didn't want to do all my animating in the wee small hours.
An alternative is the use of a Variac and a voltage meter. Reduce the voltage slightly with the variac, then manually adjust it before taking each frame to make sure the output to the lights is the same.
Othwise, non- dimmable fluorescent lights don't change brightness with very small power fluctuations. If you dim the power way down the flicker and go out altogether.
The worst for flicker fixing in post is a mixture of dimmable lights, that vary, and lights that don't vary. If you correct for the light that got dimmer, the one that didn't change gets too bright.

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