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Strider's Discussions

Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Sep 25. 16 Replies

I've got a camera that doesn't allow any kind of remote shutter release, mechanical or electronic, and I'd like to rig one up for it. My idea is to use some kind of linear actuator Mythbusters style. I've seen them use these things to push all kinds…Continue

Nice creepy dark carnival type stopmo in American Horror Story: Freak Show opening credits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philmation Oct 18, 2014. 7 Replies

Just saw the premiere tonight, and was amazed to see stopmotion in the credits. Oh, some weird sexual stuff going on, mostly between skeletons - just a heads up. Continue

Institute Benjamenta and Svankmajer's Alice on blu-ray

Started this discussion. Last reply by vitriol Oct 18, 2013. 1 Reply

Why didn't it occur to me to check for this sooner? Blu-ray is perfect for Svankmajer's films, with all their…Continue

Conan the Barbarian - and --- Postmodernism??!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Owora Sep 6, 2013. 10 Replies

I know, Conan as good of a movie as it is has no stopmotion, but this is the Story subforum, and this post is about story. Well, and also about a subject we've talked about many times in the past (this post is dedicated to Uncle LIO )The other day I…Continue

Koura the Animator - Ray's dark alter-ego?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oldschooler Jun 22, 2013. 70 Replies

I just watched Golden Voyage and couldn't help but notice a few things - not sure if anyone ever pointed this out before or not, though I know I'm not the…Continue

Lighting Control Thread

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Jun 8, 2013. 5 Replies

This is an attempt to condense the information from the original massive lighting control thread on the old board, which was long and meandering and filled with a lot of non-essential info (though some of it was quite good). I want to try to just…Continue

Frankenweenie Pistachio commercial

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Feb 23, 2013. 8 Replies


Why are people asking questions on their own blogs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Dec 13, 2012. 3 Replies

Every now and then I browse through the personal blogs on this site just to see what people have been up to, and lately I see a lot of people who have never been on the message board itself (at least never posted there) making a blog and asking…Continue


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Latest Activity

Strider replied to Raven Ocara's discussion DSLR Flickering issues?
"On the Nikon lenses - sorry, I meant to say 55mm micro, not 50. And you need to make sure it's an Ai or Ais. As long as it meets those criteria it will work - doesn't matter when it was made or anything else. The Nikon (Nikkor) 55mm micro…"
Strider replied to Raven Ocara's discussion DSLR Flickering issues?
"Oh shutter speed - another one I forgot! Are you using compact fluorescent light bulbs? Those (or any fluorescent bulbs) flicker really fast, so yeah a longer exposure time can definitely help if that's the issue. Man, I need to keep a list of…"
Strider replied to Raven Ocara's discussion DSLR Flickering issues?
"Oh, another possibility I forgot to mention- are there any widows letting sunlight in? "
Strider replied to Raven Ocara's discussion DSLR Flickering issues?
"There are several possibilities - the first thing that jumps out at me is you're using what I believe is an auto-fucus/auto-exposure lens. To really ensure flicker-free performance from the lens, you need to get a manual one (or maybe 2) -…"
Strider replied to PupCup's discussion Giant Tiff files
"If you have After Effects and Premiere then you probably have a lot more options than I do with Quicktime Pro. But it also means I can't be much help, since I know nothing about how they work. It sounds like a good plan to just render out a…"
Sep 26
Strider replied to PupCup's discussion Giant Tiff files
"What program do you use to turn the Tiffs back into a movie file? I use QTPro, and I don't think it would work with photoshop files. Not sure though, I'd have to do a quick test to find out. I know quicktime will work with uncompressed…"
Sep 26
Strider replied to PupCup's discussion Giant Tiff files
"Is it causing a problem of some kind? I've used massive uncompressed Tiffs - no idea how big exactly, I never bothered to check. But it didn't cause any problems for me, and once you've created your new movie file you can get rid of…"
Sep 25
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"Ok, I was wondering how much power it needs - I just want it to push the button, not punch a hole in the camera! I'm also thinking of dipping the end of the push rod in liquid latex several times to give it some padding and soften the contact…"
Sep 25
Thomas Nicol replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"Yeah, that DC jack does look easier to use! It doesn't fit the power supply I linked from Jameco, but Amazon is recommending a 12V power supply that should fit it.  Note that it's a 1A supply, so if you end up using a 3A…"
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"I see the power supply you linked only has the 2 blades, no ground. I was wondering if three blade plugs were necessary or not, apparently not. Cool, I ran across foot switches without the ground plug as well. "
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"Doh! (mixed meme, I know.. ) Somehow I completely missed your second post!! The one where you answered all my questions, even the ones I hadn't thought to ask yet. Excellent idea - ordering from a reputable seller rather than buying shady…"
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"DC jack adapter - that sounds like the ticket!   Link"
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"Day spent scouring Amazon, Wiki and other sources, and here are my tentative choices. Hopefully somebody can confirm if they'll work or not before I buy: Diode: Here's the alphabet soup listed under it: "Rectifier - Standard RoHS:…"
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release? Mythbusters style!
"Wow, fantastic info!! Very encouraging. I was getting worried because I just bought a new SDHC card and it says to be extremely careful about static electricity, which can stop the camera from working until you discharge it. Must be different from…"
Sep 24
Thomas Nicol replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release?
"Mounting the actuator right on the camera is probably fine, for a couple reasons -- Magnetic fields fall off really fast (I'm sure you're familiar with the inverse square fall-off of light -- magnetic fields have an inverse cube fall-off,…"
Sep 24
Strider replied to Strider's discussion Solenoid actuator as a shutter release?
"Haha awesome! You've covered just about everything, and I feel like I understand it well enough to go soldering things together from Radio Shack! Of course, that's just enough knowledge to be dangerous..  Do you know if magnetism…"
Sep 24

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Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 9:31pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

In past, Uncle LIO went into depth speculating reasons why search engines (their indexing bots) not able to do deep search of Old glitchy forum scripts or some hidden coding gone haywire maybe. Probably why same reason cannot fully detect the deeper pages. If there is any good to that, maybe that not searchable thing has maybe help prevent from being hacked & spammed.

At 10:06pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

Signing-up: I see template has elements of the social-schmocial sites. Not saying that's bad. Signing up, it asks a bit more personal info, such as location and BIRTHDATE. Signing up here, I was not sure my birth or age would be displayed and so I lied when I was born :)  I also tried to put my real birthdate, born in year 2000 (I'm just a kid) and the sign-up form rejected it.

At 10:15pm on June 8, 2012, LIOs Nephew said…

There seems to be 2 ways to post ... one is 1) REPLY & other is 2) COMMENT.

1) With 'reply' type post, a warning about 15 minutes editing minutes left to edit comments.  In the heat of keyboarding emotional debates, commentary, & opinions, many times I know posters have gone back to re-edit, change, or delete. But only 15 minutes window period to re-edit? I feel under pressure :(  Wonder if that editing time can be extended.

2) With 'comment' type post .... it looks like there is no editing feature of your post/comments, BUT it allows you to delete the entire comment. Look at the 'x' in upper right corner. That feature similar to facebook. You just delete comment & rewrite if you want.

At 11:11am on August 7, 2012, trikfx said…

Hi Mike!

At 11:26am on August 7, 2012, trikfx said…

Not too bad.  Took my Son last month to Prague to meet the crowd there; planting seeds in his head...  Opera Season doesn't go full tilt for another month, so I'm home dickering about.  Almost done setting up my little smithy in the garage...  Hope all is well!

At 5:28am on September 13, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

Hi Strider, 

Thanks for all the info, it wasn't overload at all, just what I was looking for.  Andy had told me that there were adaptors for lenses, I have an Olympus e520, and one Canon lens (50mm) a Tiffen 62 mm, and another Canon 135 mm.  These are all really manual, from my old 35mm cameras, so I'm pretty sure they'll work.  Do I have to find an adaptor specifically for canon to olympus, or do they make generic ones?  Just started looking into this, notice they range from $10-150, so there must be some differences..  I wanted to peruse what was allready on here for info before I started a redundant discussion post.  Attempted to get Sophi to do the research part, but she's just into the creative stuff, so it's up to me to figure out the nuts and bolts of this venture, sigh, when I want to make models too!

I'm thinking you were watching the Gumbi show, my eldest daughter is 13, so she started off with the Gumby movie.  Man, I think she watched that movie at least once a day for a solid year when she was a toddler.  Now that I am learning a bit about animation I kind of wish we still had it, I would look at it with a different eye (specifically, that epic swordfight scene...)  

Wish I had more time to research today, but duty calls.

Thanks for your help.

At 2:52pm on September 17, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

Wow Strider, you're doing all the work for me, it's awesome!!  After a very busy weekend (had a bday on Saturday) I'm finally getting back to the project.  So no go on the plug for the camera (the battery does last a long time), I guess I can deal with that.  I was thinking what's the big deal about having a plug, but then I thought, duh, you have to move the camera to change the battery, which means you'd have to do an entire shoot on one battery or else have some discrepancy in the film, correct?  I suppose it's pretty impossible to get it in exactly the same position.  See, it's starting to make sense, it will make more sense when we actually get set up and start doing it, I suppose.

So my only other option is this Tiffen lens that came off my old 35 mm pentax k-1000 (loved that camera!)  It is an FD mount lens, 62 mm, I'll look and see if I can find a converter for it.  I'm pretty sure I have more questions but I'm not thinking of them right now, need to reread and absorb a bit.

Thanks again for sharing your rather extended knowledge.

At 5:34am on September 20, 2012, Laurie MacKeigan said…

OK, thankful that the parts so far are in our budget, going to order the adaptor and remote today.  You were right that was a tiffen filter on the lens, but still can't see a name on this dang lens anywhere, have no idea who made it, hope it works with the adaptor.  My other option was to hit up friends with old cameras for lenses.

So now for the computer part, cringing.  I have a pc here that was recently put together and so has nothing on it, would I be able to use that, or do I need to have a laptop, and what are my options for software (besides Dragon?)

I'm being terribly lazy using you for a reference, I promise I'll do better research myself soon.  I'm a baker and my business is super busy right now (autumn in new england is busy time) plus we homeschool, so trying to get into the swing of things.  As I mentioned before, everyone wants to make models and stories, no one wants to do the boring technical work, sigh.

At 1:56pm on April 7, 2013, Wilker said…

i read your blog virtually the whole afternoon, and wanted to say thanks for all the useful information you share with people!

i wish you all the best and kind regards! 

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Link list - Handy links to useful information on the forum

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Trying something out here - using the blog to list useful links for easier  finding later. This way you can link directly to whichever part of the thread contains relevant info, plus list what the main subject is as opposed to just an often misleading thread title. Can also  list keywords to help refine future searches. 


Using various lenses on a Canon camera:…



Posted on September 2, 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

For anybody who might suffer from internet addiction (as I apparently do) I've discovered a really niftly little app called Freedom, which allows you to switch off your internet connection for a period of time you specify - up to 8 hours at a stretch - so you can actually get some work done. 



Message Board

Copper wire fingers?

Started by Angus Lamont in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 6 hours ago. 7 Replies

HiI recently bought a beautiful looking ball and socket H1 Pro armature from Malvern Armatures. I also bought a pair of hands with it, and the fingers are made up with twisted copper wire. I've never used copper wire for fingers, only aluminium, but…Continue

Tags: copper, armature

Cleaning non digital noise from shots

Started by Waya Malling in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Waya Malling 8 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi I shot cut out animation under a sheet of glass and as a result of the glass I have a lot of "dust" ( not sure what to call it) noise on my shots . Does any one know of an effective way to clean this ?I use after effects CS6 so any method…Continue

Tags: CutOut, AE

DSLR Flickering issues?

Started by Raven Ocara in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by StopmoNick yesterday. 9 Replies

So I have Dragonframe 3.6 and am using a Canon T5 camera with the standard lens that it came with. I am using desk lamps for my lighting and black poster boards for my floor and wall. I have two Lego Bionicle characters trying to talk to each other-…Continue

'soft' steel balls... good idea? + silver solder question

Started by Roos Mattaar in ARMATURES. Last reply by trikfx on Thursday. 17 Replies

Hello everyone,Just a quick question about ball bearings... I came across these ball bearings which say they are 'machinable' and low carbon... …Continue

Live Chat On Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole on Thursday. 260 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

Start of a new puppet

Started by Greyguy in ARMATURES. Last reply by Miles and Jules on Thursday. 56 Replies

Here's a new puppet I startedIt will have mouth open and side to side jaw motionContinue



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