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Tatu P replied to Tatu P's discussion Bearings for moco camera head
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Tatu P replied to Tatu P's discussion Bearings for moco camera head
"I got my moco running! The rail is Neewer and was supprisingly good for 60£. For board I got Mega 2560  with RAMPS 1.4 Controller with 5 A4988 Stepper Motor Drivers. I had to adjust the DFmoco code a bit to get it work with Ramps 1.4. But…"
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Anne Breymann commented on Anne Breymann's video
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"Thanks a lot, Strider and Nick! I'm happy you like it!I love this website, thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge here!"
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StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion wire armature making
"Mine are usually good for a main character in a 5 minute film, sometimes a second 5 minute film.  Generally the foam latex would start to age before the wire armatures gave out.  I suppose with silicone the wire would go first, but I have…"
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"That is a beautiful piece of work!  Thank you so much for posting it here."
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Anybody purchased this armature from eBay?
"I saw one of these a few months ago. They are certainly very good value. The joints felt a bit rough and would need some serious attention to get them working smoothly. The plates are made from mild steel. Having said that, the puppets made on the…"
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Bearings for moco camera head

Started by Tatu P in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Tatu P 59 minutes ago. 16 Replies

Hello wise board of SMA! I am planing to make simple moco unit with Arduino system. I got great help from previous post about the subject and from Simon Tytherleighs comments.Things have developped plesant ways since last time I looked to this subject. Seems that it is possible to do system with ~400€! One thing what puzzles me is bearings of pan and tilt head. I am planning to make U shaped one. Have you used some axial ball bearing for Pan? Maybe something like this:https://www.vxb.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Kit7852Or do you have it without any bearings, just wax or something?How about Tilt?Thank you,-TatuContinue

wire armature making

Started by Count Croc in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by StopmoNick on Thursday. 1 Reply

My wire puppets keep breaking. How do you guys make yours?Continue

Best cameras

Started by Count Croc in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Would camera(s) would you guys recommend for a low/medium price range? All I need is a decent camera with HD images and basic settings. Thanks!Continue

How do you determine what kind of fabric you need for your costumes?

Started by David in HAIR & COSTUME. Last reply by Strider on Tuesday. 3 Replies

I've learned that the fabric you would use in real life for a certain article of clothing is not the same type of fabric you might use for a scaled down 1:6 ratio character. Specifically, because of the stiff or heavy weight of the cloth. Let's say I had characters with Jeans, a Velvet dress, a leather jacket, a sweater, a rain jacket, and cotton pajamas. What would be the materials that people commonly use that translate best to screen for these types of clothing? I've heard Shirt Denim mentioned for Jeans. Do you just go scouting for materials and see what works best with tests? Continue

How should I cast this head?

Started by David in CASTING. Last reply by David on Tuesday. 8 Replies

I'm making a silicone cast using an internal armature to manipulate the eye and jaw expressions, similar to what was illustrated in StopmoNick's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fWdZnQRzB0There's no dialogue, but there are several expressions, so the camera would need to see the teeth in all positions. From the "Ooh" expression where you can't see them at all, to having them gnashed and baring. But I have no idea how to incorporate this. Should I sculpt the teeth into the original sculpt? If I do this, the character would look like he was baring his teeth the whole time, right? Would I just have to animate it with clay? Continue

Basic Motion Control

Started by Cameron Grant in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Sunday. 3 Replies

Hello there,Ive recently completed a project on Dragonframe 4 using the track reading feature. I would like to try out motion control in my next project to expand my skill set. Does anyone know a good motion control kit that isn't too expensive?I was thinking about getting this Arduino kit:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XRBSBMV/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=myanimatedlif-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B06XRBSBMV&linkId=1c936719491f65128b211c9142f95ed7(Sorry about the messy address)Continue

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EVA foam helmets

Started by Simon Tytherleigh in HAIR & COSTUME. Last reply by Greyguy Feb 9. 6 Replies

I thought I would add a couple of pics on here to show some helmets I have made from 2mm EVA foam. They are glued together with contact adhesive, then coated with thinned PVA to fill the texture and finally coloured with acrylics. Rivets are just latex blobs. It has worked really well and the helmets are very lightweight. The trick is to cut the pieces from paper first, then transfer the shape to the foam.Continue

 
 
 

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