Re-posting as this was posted in the wrong place..

We have made the animation below and I would like to post process it to:

1. Add a simple effect of making the eyes on the face move. This will involve frame by frame erasing the pupils and replacing them with black dots in different locations.

2. Crop the whole of the main middle section of the video (red noses painting the face) to remove the edge on the left (which I believed to be out of shot when shooting, but is now on the video). Ideally some way of editing multiple frames would be ideal.

http://stimsonstopmotion.com/2015/03/08/red-nose-animation/

The video was shot on 'Stop Motion Studio/Remote Camera' using 2xiPod's (and 2 kids :-)).

The equipment I have for post processing is a Windows 7 PC (ideally) or an iPad. 

I know that there is a lot of software out there, but can anyone recommend any low cost (or even free) software to do this kind of basic video editing?

Thanks

Richard Stimson.

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Have you looked into a free trial or subscription of Adobe After Effects?

The program I mostly use for that kind of work is TV Paint, which unfortunately is not even cheap, let alone free.  The trial version has a watermark, and doesn't let you save, so that's useless.  

Check to see if Adobe After Effects trial version is more useful.  

These days, instead of purchasing it and owning it, they do a sort of monthly rental subscription.  That could work out if you saved all your post production work and did it all at once over a one month period.  I like to do each shot as soon as I've finished it, so I have stuck with an older version of AE that I paid for for those few things that I can't do more easily with TV Paint.  I can't justify paying $40 a month for Photoshop and AE month after month, but as a one-off thing it seems more reasonable.  You might need to allow some time to learn it, so maybe 2 months is more realistic.  I only use a tiny fraction of what AE can do, and that doesn't include any frame-by-frame painting - mostly I use it for green screen keying, which it doe really well.  But there are a lot of tutorials on the web, including lots of video tuts at Youtube, for most things you might want to do.

I think there is some free stuff but I haven't used any of it, and can't think of the names of any of the software that has been mentioned from time to time.

 

Thanks guys. Those two are a bit high end for me right now but I will look at Adobe After Effects trial  as that seems to have a really good reputation. 

From a look around, this page has a few options - some of them Linux based but that may a possibility for me. http://techland.time.com/2013/10/17/the-best-video-editing-software...

Also, this one may be worth looking in to: http://lives.sourceforge.net

Has anyone use the basic stock ones - iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. I know they will be fairly limited but they may be good enough for what I want. Any comments from people who have used these would really help.

Thanks

Richard. 

I don't know what kind of files your animation program produces, but if they're quicktime clips or standard image files (like jpegs or tiffs etc) then you can do the cropping with quicktime 7 pro. You'd need to first download the free quicktime 7 player and then pay $30 to upgrade it to Pro. And for painting in the dots for eyes you could use Gimp, which is a free Photoshop substitute. 

Thanks Strider. The version of SM studio I used for this project only exports .mov files, so I need something that imports .mov/MP4. QT7 Pro sounds like it should do the job but the reviews on Apple Store are really bad - have you used it?

Ok hold on - I just opened a movie file and played around with it, and I can't figure out how to crop it!! I can swear I used to be able to do it - but now all it will do is squeeze it or stretch it. It could be I've forgotten how I used to do it - it's pretty hard to find your way around in there. Or maybe my memory has betrayed me and I never was able to crop in QTpro..

Sorry, I seem to only have wasted your time!

Ok,it's no problem. I really appreciate you taking an interest and helping me work through this one. I'm sure its possible without spending a fortune!
I'm going to try VirtualDub and Avidemux. Has anyone used these? Any other recommendations?

These two are free:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/fusion

http://natron.inria.fr/

Although, if you're not used to using post processing suites and are not technically inclined and not used to learning new interfaces quickly, then you might be better off just going with After Effects. It's ubiquitous, so there's tons of plugins for it and it'll be easy to find lots of tutorials.

Hi Chris, thanks for those. Just had a look and they look like they could be good. Fusion looks amazing for free. It does pretty involved but I have a technical background so I'll give it a go.

VirtualDub looks good but doesn't import .mov files so looking for a mov/avi convertor now.

Cheers
Rich.
I can now import .mov files in to virtual dub using http://sourceforge.net/projects/fcchandler/files/Virtualdub%20Quick...

And the virtual dub plugin from ffdshow.

I can play and crop the video which is a good start. My main issue now is that when its exported to avi, it's around half speed - I'm not sure why. It has twice as many frames as it did when it was exported from sm studio, possibly because I exported it as a 720p .mov file.?? Is this related to the playback speed?

Also, it will only play without audio. I think it's a codec issue, but I'm not sure. I could probably just add a new track once I have sorted out the frame rate.

I'm getting there slowly. Thanks to everyone for the help, it's appreciated.

Rich.

720p can be set at 24, 25, or 30 fps in QT Pro (or in other software I use), so I don't see why that resolution would change the playback speed.  But I don't normally export as an Avi, so maybe that has something to do with it.  Not familiar with Virtual Dub at all I'm afraid.  Good to hear you've made some progress at least.

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