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My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:20 am

Rate it 5 stars and comment nice or else you won't be happy. Do it!!! Do it NAUUUUUWHGGHGG


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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by maggosh on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:28 am

1. What program did you use to animate this?
2. Please tape down your sets and camera to avoid set bumps.
3. The first few seconds were very out of focus.
4. The animation was very rough.
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:30 am

maggosh wrote:1. What program did you use to animate this?
2. Please tape down your sets and camera to avoid set bumps.
3. The first few seconds were very out of focus.
4. The animation was very rough.

1. Windows Movie Maker
2. I taped the camera down, not very good I guess. Embarassed
3. What do you mean?
4. How many frames per second do you suggest?
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by maggosh on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:49 am

Mike wrote:
maggosh wrote:1. What program did you use to animate this?
2. Please tape down your sets and camera to avoid set bumps.
3. The first few seconds were very out of focus.
4. The animation was very rough.

1. Windows Movie Maker
2. I taped the camera down, not very good I guess. Embarassed
3. What do you mean?
4. How many frames per second do you suggest?

First of all, Windows Movie Maker is just about the worst program out there to create your animations. It would be better to use a program like MonkeyJam, which can be found at giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com.
Secondly, you have to make sure BOTH the camera and set are secure before you start filming. Otherwise, you will generate several set bumps.
Thirdly, the standard frame rate for beginners is 15 fps.
And it was OUT OF FOCUS for the first half. The second half was OK. What camera did you use?
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Thunder-blade on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:51 am

Yet my test turned out fine didn't it Maggosh? Wink

And I agree with you, Mike you need to have it taped down better, the lighting wasn't bad though.

Just keep on practicing! That's the only way to get better!
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:52 am

maggosh wrote:
Mike wrote:
maggosh wrote:1. What program did you use to animate this?
2. Please tape down your sets and camera to avoid set bumps.
3. The first few seconds were very out of focus.
4. The animation was very rough.

1. Windows Movie Maker
2. I taped the camera down, not very good I guess. Embarassed
3. What do you mean?
4. How many frames per second do you suggest?

First of all, Windows Movie Maker is just about the worst program out there to create your animations. It would be better to use a program like MonkeyJam, which can be found at giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com.
Secondly, you have to make sure BOTH the camera and set are secure before you start filming. Otherwise, you will generate several set bumps.
Thirdly, the standard frame rate for beginners is 15 fps.
And it was OUT OF FOCUS for the first half. The second half was OK. What camera did you use?
An Olympus something....and what do you mean out of focus? :scratch:
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by maggosh on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:58 am

First off, does your Olympus have manual focus? If it doesn't, I suggest getting a new camera, preferably the Logitech QuickCam 4000.

Secondly, here's what I meant about it being out of focus:


This is from the first half of your test.

This is from the second half.

Do you see the difference?
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:01 am

maggosh wrote:First off, does your Olympus have manual focus? If it doesn't, I suggest getting a new camera, preferably the Logitech QuickCam 4000.

Secondly, here's what I meant about it being out of focus:


This is from the first half of your test.

This is from the second half.

Do you see the difference?
I know, they were 2 different tests. Wink And I'm not sure if it has manual focus or not... Laughing
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by 80-0 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:05 am

If you want to make truly good stop motion(and I say this NOT with the experience of a stop motion maker, but with the experience of a self-proclaimed expert at taking picture) you will want to get a pod, tri, bi, or whatever, and stand up the camera so it will stay neat and steady. Turn on macro and flash if necessary, and try and keep the motion within the range of the camera without moving the camera; keep it on the pod. Wink

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Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:06 am

CommandoEighty-Oh wrote:If you want to make truly good stop motion(and I say this NOT with the experience of a stop motion maker, but with the experience of a self-proclaimed expert at taking picture) you will want to get a pod, tri, bi, or whatever, and stand up the camera so it will stay neat and steady. Turn on macro and flash if necessary, and try and keep the motion within the range of the camera without moving the camera; keep it on the pod. Wink
I don't know which to get, or how much one costs! Waaa!
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Thunder-blade on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:10 am

Mike, you don't need a new camera. I believe you made this test because you wanted to see how good you were correct?
The Quickcam 4000 is only for pros who's main hobby is brickfilming.
Now don't get me wrong, getting good equipment greatly enhances your film!
I am just saying that you don't need to get a new camera unless you want to do it professionally.

/rant over.
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Clonecommando007 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:12 am

I made this in the spring.


I think I've improved since then, and the lighting isn't that good. I need to try again sometime. That's with a standard camera - before I learned how to do macro and turn the flash off. Embarassed

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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Thunder-blade on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:13 am

Not bad CC.... it's kinda pointless though... Razz

The animation was pretty smooth though!
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Re: My First Stop Motion Tests

Post by Mike on Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:15 am

Clonecommando007 wrote:I made this in the spring.


I think I've improved since then, and the lighting isn't that good. I need to try again sometime. That's with a standard camera - before I learned how to do macro and turn the flash off. Embarassed

Of all the chances my video ended up having your video in the related videos section. Laughing
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