I'm one of the developers of OpenToonz, a free and open source 2D animation program. I recently overhauled the stop motion capabilities of the program.
Please test it out and let me know what works and what needs tweaked. It supports webcams and Canon DSLR cameras.
The test version is only released for Windows right now, but we have also tested on Macs and it works too.
You can try it out here:
Recently I got a pen display "Huion pro 16" and configured if for working with Opentoonz without problems. I'll continue learning the use of the program. As you said, it's not easy; is very different to other software but it's worth
Hey Jeremy, good luck with all of this.. I don't know if I got time to test it anyway, have to see.. I'm just about getting use to DF now.. it took me a while.. but now I'm whizzing around doing what I need it to do.. I felt that was a bit of a steep learning curve for me.. but now it seems everything has settled.. I'm trying to learn 'Incremental Editor' on DF now.. new tool for me.. and still haven't got use to how they load movies and images in.. thanks for explaining.. when software lie Toonz is released at ' open source ' does that mean anyone can develop it into a new software like what your doing right?
It makes sense to stick with Dragonframe. It is a great piece of software. I'm just making this software to help those who can't afford Dragonframe. It has a few features that aren't in Dragonframe like the ability to use your screen as a colored light, and easier live view focus check picking.
The license of OpenToonz is what's called a permissive license. This means that anyone can take the code and make a different version with it.
Jeremy, yeah thanks I agree.. arghhh I understand now.. it's great your giving more people out there a cheaper different option.. one of the ladies on my puppet fabrication course the other day couldn't afford DF she was asking is there any other cheaper options.. your definitely going to help a lot of people out there... that soun ds cool using your screen as a coloured light.. and the focus checking option, if I understand you properly, that's awesome.. it strains my eyes to hell trying to set the focus in DF cinematography window before starting the animation.. I wish they had an automatic checker on there.. that's an excellent idea...
and thanks for the quick education on open source..
I managed to get a slider built that will brighten or darken the live view while leaving the final image as is. It will be in the next version along with a new tab that will take and hold test shots so you can test before placing anything in the timeline.
Great! I wait impatiently!
I shot a little scene yesterday and all worked ok. I did test shots directly in animation and erased them after. A separate test shot line is a great idea.