Hello everybody,

This is my first post so I hope I am in the right place.

Some time ago I used Honestech Stopmotion to capture my garden cabin being built. All seemed to go well until I asked it to save and replay.

When I try to replay now, I simply get the first 4 or 5 frames (can't remember exactly) and then it stops. The project says it has over 3000 frames but I cannot get this to play.

I asked Honestech for the expected file format as I am competent to use a binary editor to see if I can find the error but their reply was, in effect, "we don't know what the format is". Does anyone else have this problem? If so, have you been able to overcome this? Or does anyone know the proprietary format of the files?

Many thanks in advance,

Kevin

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I hadn't heard of Honestech, so I looked it up.  Found this under tech specs.  https://honestech.com/main/stopmotion-studio-40.asp  

According to their website, these are the video file formats their Stop Motion Studio can save movies in:

  • Image input : JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Audio input : MP3, WAV
  • Video Output : WMV, MPEG1, MPEG2, HD MPEG, iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP, YouTube, Facebook

So I guess it could be any of those.  The frame grabbers I use (formerly Stop Motion Pro on PC, now Dragonframe on Mac)  save image files as you go, in Raw or Jpeg format, and sometimes Tiff for some cameras.  There is normally a folder for the high res DSLR images, and a matching one for the lower res Live View preview images. The folders of images are still there in the project folder after you've finished and quit the program, as well as any video you might choose to export.  This program says it works with the Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Live View, but possibly it only captures the live preview or video feed, since it doesn't say anything about still image formats saved.  It has still image import formats, but no mention of still image exports.  If there is a sequence of stills, they could be imported into After Effects or QT Pro 7 or many video editors and turned into a movie format.  

Sorry if this doesn't help, I'm not competent to use a binary editor (whatever that is) so you know more than I do.

Many thanks for your reply. As it happens, it is not really the output format in terms of video which I require, It seems that the software saves all the images in a single file of some apparently proprietary format. There are no separate images that I can see in any of the sub-folders. It is this proprietary file which appears to be corrupt.

I appreciate your thoughts though, as this has given me some ideas which may help me split the main file and see if there are still images within.

Regards

StopmoNick said:

I hadn't heard of Honestech, so I looked it up.  Found this under tech specs.  https://honestech.com/main/stopmotion-studio-40.asp  

According to their website, these are the video file formats their Stop Motion Studio can save movies in:

  • Image input : JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Audio input : MP3, WAV
  • Video Output : WMV, MPEG1, MPEG2, HD MPEG, iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP, YouTube, Facebook

So I guess it could be any of those.  The frame grabbers I use (formerly Stop Motion Pro on PC, now Dragonframe on Mac)  save image files as you go, in Raw or Jpeg format, and sometimes Tiff for some cameras.  There is normally a folder for the high res DSLR images, and a matching one for the lower res Live View preview images. The folders of images are still there in the project folder after you've finished and quit the program, as well as any video you might choose to export.  This program says it works with the Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Live View, but possibly it only captures the live preview or video feed, since it doesn't say anything about still image formats saved.  It has still image import formats, but no mention of still image exports.  If there is a sequence of stills, they could be imported into After Effects or QT Pro 7 or many video editors and turned into a movie format.  

Sorry if this doesn't help, I'm not competent to use a binary editor (whatever that is) so you know more than I do.

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