I'm sorry if I'm posting a really obvious and very boring question, but I'm a complete newbie to all of this.
I'm trying to make a stop motion video at the moment and I just can't seem to find anything simmple enough for me to use.
I'm wanting to make the video from Jpeg files - I've tried dragonframe but found myself utterly lost! I've tried a couple of others too but I have a feeling I'm barking up the wrong tree.
Is there someone out there who can help me with this? I just need a program that's fairly simple...(I'm a Windows 7 user).
Well, for absolute beginners, I guess you could try http://www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html
-Stamp Motion Studio
Hi there! A very simple and straightforward frame-grabber to use is AnimatorDV Simple. And you can combine the frames you grab into a simple, no-hassle compiler called JPGVideo.
AnimatorDV doesn't detect USB connections very well though, so you'll need a camera with Live-View (or just a video mode on standby) and some sort of auxiliary output like AV cables, firewire, hdmi, etc...
It does onion-skinning, so you can overlay previous frames to help when animating. It's super easy to delete frames. The interface is incredibly basic. There aren't many features at all really, but that makes it perfect to learn to with.
Another good one is Monkey Jam, but I feel like even that has a slight learning curve because it uses Xsheets and everything about the interface is very unique to that specific software. Learning Monkey Jam won't necessarily help to learn other programs, but it might click with your taste and workflow.
There are others, but I'm drawing a blank right now. Maybe others here would know of more.
Why is it important to use jpegs?
Are you talking about animating puppets on a small tabletop stage?
Wow, you're all so helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me!
I tried animatordv but I was constantly told that I didn't have enough RAM (despite having plenty and despite the fact it was the only program running - I've seen on a few forums that this is a common problem).
StopmoNick that is excatly it. I already have the jpegs shot and therefore would like to put them together in a film sequence!! I'll give QuickTime a go and see what I can get this evening.
Thanks again everyone, really appreciate it!
IKIT Movie 3 is fairly cheap and easy to use, there is a free, limited time use but fully functioning demo available online. It comes packaged with sounds and music and you can import JPEGs directly to frames.
Give it a try
You can use monkey jam. Simple and Free! :)