Hello all,

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).

Many thanks,

Hbelle

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Well, for absolute beginners, I guess you could try  http://www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html

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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.

Cheers!

Why is it important to use jpegs?

Are you talking about animating puppets on a small tabletop stage?

Do you have the jpegs already shot, and now you want to make a movie from them? It that is the case, you don't need a framegrabber, it is for seeing what you are doing while you capture the frames.
If it is a numbered sequence of images, like Pic001.jpg, Pic002.jpeg, there are many programes that can import those as an image sequence, then export them as a movie. QuickTime Pro 7 is one that I use, on Mac and on PC, and costs around $45 here in Australia, or $30 in the US. The other ones I use, if I want to add effects or erase support wires for jumping puppets, are TV Paint and After Effects, but they are much more expensive.

If you are shooting puppets on a set, then a framegrabber is what you need. It lets you connect the camera, and capture images directly to your hard drive. Most important, you can see what is in front of the camera, then click back to the last frame you took, and see how much you have moved the puppet. You can also play all the images you have shot so far. I use Stop Motion Pro on my old PC for this, or Dragonframe on my Mac, with a Canon DSLR and Nikon lenses. Once I actually finish the shot I close the framegrabber, then import the image sequence into one of those other programs. So, if what you did was shoot off a whole bunch of jpegs around the house or on the streets, you are past that stage where the framegrabber is going to be useful to you.

Hello there,

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! :)


http://monkeyjam.org/features

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