Hi, I'm a newbie, though I've dabbled with animation quite a bit over the years.
I'm interested in being able to start by creating an audio track, which would be a spoken part, then creating the visual to that. I am hoping for software that would let me scrub back and forth and hear the audio and see how the frames are syncing up, and perhaps even give me a waveform view of the audio so I can visually see where the words are occurring. Does anyone know what software I would have to get to do that? Thank you!
I load my audio track into Dragonframe, which is the software I use to connect my camera and capture frames. (It is pretty much the industry standard for stop motion capture.) I see the waveform and can scrub through to hear it as well. It runs on PC and Mac. I use it on an iMac and sometimes my old Mac Pro. https://www.dragonframe.com Price is US $195 for software only, without special keypad (which I never use, since I need to go to my computer screen to see the move up close and the normal keyboard is there anyway).
A tutorial on using Audio in DF: https://www.dragonframe.com/tutorials/#single/0
I have also done the same thing with Stop Motion Pro, but it was Windows PC only, they never managed to make a native Mac version, and my PC died. The current version is called Stop Motion Pro Eclipse. https://www.stopmotionpro.com Price is similar.
I looked at the website for the inexpensive Stop Motion Studio, for phones and tablets, and it has some blurb about dropping in sound effects but doesn't specifically say you can do lip-synch with it. I tested the free version on an iPad a couple of years ago but wasn't looking for audio track reading. The paid version also runs on computers and can use a dslr now, so for around $10 would be a cheap option, but I just can't tell if it loads a waveform and has audio scrubbing or not.
Thank you for that reply. It confirms what I was suspecting.
The spot motion pro app works great indeed, but really not that flexible with audio.
Thanks again for the info, very helpful!
Don't entirely dismiss the remote keypad. I have the wireless version, and it is brilliant for when you are animating one side of the camera and the monitor is the other. I use it all the time!