I am looking for help in operating Dragon Frame 4 in my studio north of Toronto Ontario. I am ready to start shooting an short film, but am very worried about the frame grabbing side of this project. I know absolutely nothing about how to organize my stills within the program, how to export them in the proper file type, what the best settings would be within Dragon Frame for capture/exporting...I don't even know what I don't know!
I am, however, willing to pay to have someone on site to help me get up an running. I own an outdoor advertising company , which will be funding this project. If you live anywhere near Toronto or surround area, and are willing to help I am offering $30 hr + travel expenses and food allowance. If you have already have a studio, I am willing to travel to you to learn this software.
Thanks in advance and continued success to all of this discussion board, what a great resource!
I can't help in person as I am in Australia. But the frame grabbing should not be that difficult. Dragonframe will organise the stills for you. If you shoot Raw it will create a folder for your Raw images and another for Jpegs. If you shoot high quality jpegs it will just make a folder for those. There is also a folder for the video assist frames that you see while you animate. Raw is best for your original images, it allows much bigger corrections in colour and brightness.
I don't export from Dragonframe, I open another program and import them. If you use After Effects or Photoshop they convert Raw images to something they can work with. Then After Effects can export in a movie format that your editing program works with. I mostly use Apple Pro-Res Quicktime .mov format. I edit in Final Cut Pro or DaVinci Resolve.
Hope you find someone who can help at your studio or theirs. I find software can be difficult at first, once you know it you forget how hard it was to find some things you use all the time. Someone who knows it can save you a week of looking for some function that's tucked away. But if there is no-one close by, people on this board can probably help with specific questions if you get stuck. There are also some video tutorials online for using Dragonframe and the people in their forum are helpful.
they always helpful, and quick to reply..