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If I want to animate a wide and close-up at the same time with two cameras, does that mean setting up two computers with Dragon? Or is there a way to feed both into the same system. I thought about using the stereoscopic option, but that's probably for one camera with a rack-over change between shots, right?
I think I tried to do it with 1 computer, and I couldn't get Dragonframe to open up in 2 windows. It might work with 2 different frame gabbers, like DF and Stop Motion Pro, but it's also likely that 2 cameras connected by USB to the same computer would interfere with each other.
If only one camera is connected to Dragonframe, that still lets you gauge the moves in DF. A second camera could be placed at a different angle, but you aren't actually connecting it to the computer. You just capture on the camera's internal memory card, then load the images after you are finished. Use a remote shutter release so you don't move the camera. The other camera does save to the computer, and that is the one you look at while animating.
I've set up a second camera to shoot time-lapse for a behind the scenes shot, but it could also be used as a second animation camera. Sometimes the move that looks perfect from one point of view won't read as well from another angle, but mostly it works.
Yes. you can take 2 shots with one camera, like you would for stereo 3d with a slider, but that wouldn't be a very big difference in camera position. Probably not the answer.
With a hi res image that is many times bigger than the HD footage you want for your animation, you could shoot with a wide lens, and then zoom in and crop to get a close-up from the same footage. But it is easier to gauge small moves if you are seeing it up close, so that isn't ideal. Also, if you cut from wide to closeup, you generally want a slightly different camera angle as well, not a sort of jump-zoom into a closeup at exactly the same angle. So it's probably not what what you want.
That leaves you with the option of 2 computers, running 2 copies of DF. I believe you can install on 2 computers, so you don't have to buy it twice. I did that for a few shots, a camera connected to each computer.
There are also cheap or free frame grabbers that run on phones and tablets, and you could set that up at a different angle, purely to see your moves from that angle, with a camera set up next to it for high res images. That way you use one computer, 2 cameras, and a phone/tablet to help see what it looks like from the second camera's pov.
Thanks! That helps. Just wanted to make sure 2 cameras at once into Dragon wasn't an option.