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Post by Sithassassin on Thu May 28, 2009 5:40 pm

Over the Summer I plan on making a short stop motion video that will be 2-3 minutes long but I don't even know where to start. I need your help! I know I need to do various tests and stuff like that but what do I do?

Many thanks, Sithassassin
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Thunder-blade on Thu May 28, 2009 5:49 pm

First of all, download Monkeyjam. It's a great stopmotion program. Second of all, look here for some great tutorials. Then get on your way!
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Sithassassin on Thu May 28, 2009 6:27 pm

I downloaded it and then took about 40 pics for a test but I can't get the pics to show up on Monkeyjam, what do I do?
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Post by Thunder-blade on Thu May 28, 2009 6:34 pm

File>Import>Images.

Then put the images you want in the left side. Then press Add Files>Import Images.
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Post by commander fel on Thu May 28, 2009 6:40 pm

I prefer to take the pictures, import them into paint to add effects, then change the length of them in movie maker. It is really easy, but I've never used monkeyjam so I guess my method could take longer. Hola Wow!
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Sithassassin on Thu May 28, 2009 6:41 pm

Thunder-blade wrote:File>Import>Images.

Then put the images you want in the left side. Then press Add Files>Import Images.

Done, now what do I do to get it to "play"?
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Post by Thunder-blade on Thu May 28, 2009 6:50 pm

Click F7.

Then it should render a preview and stuff..
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Post by Garet6 on Thu May 28, 2009 7:20 pm

If you plan to make it with a decent plot, try and storyboard the film before you start. Smile
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Post by mazz on Thu May 28, 2009 7:56 pm

Tack lots of photos LOTS. Every time you move some thing a small bit tack a photo.
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Gerrard on Thu May 28, 2009 9:15 pm

Make sure you use a tripod or steady your cam by building sort of a lego structure that holds it to the baseplate. Then thae the pictures, and remember that nothing ever goes exactly right. Wink
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Post by foxrex101 on Thu May 28, 2009 11:17 pm

Definately like Gerrad said to use a tripod and I would suggest to have proper lighting and a decent background. Not one like your room or something Wink .
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Post by Thunder-blade on Thu May 28, 2009 11:18 pm

Filming in your room is fine, just as long as you have extra lamps and stuff.

Try to keep your room as dark as possible (with the exception of the desk lamps you use to light your set of course) that way there are no light flickers.
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Post by foxrex101 on Thu May 28, 2009 11:19 pm

Thunder-blade wrote:Filming in your room is fine, just as long as you have extra lamps and stuff.

Try to keep your room as dark as possible (with the exception of the desk lamps you use to light your set of course) that way there are no light flickers.

I mean if you film on the floor and the whole background is your room.
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by PhiMa on Thu May 28, 2009 11:19 pm

Watch your lighting. Use desk lamps, not the camera flash. Use tape on the bottom of the Baseplate to secure it to the table. I'd think about writing a script.
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Post by pdragon27 on Thu May 28, 2009 11:19 pm

Try and use "white" lights. Not the conventional "yellow" ones...
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by CT44 on Thu May 28, 2009 11:20 pm

Well, I use Corel VideoStudio X2 for editing and Particle Illusion SE for Special Effects. BOth wonderful programs. Smile
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Thunder-blade on Thu May 28, 2009 11:25 pm

Pdragon27 wrote:Try and use "white" lights. Not the conventional "yellow" ones...

And if you don't have white lights, just put white paper over it.
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Sithassassin on Fri May 29, 2009 9:35 pm

I got two done but not on Moneyjam, the preview thing wouldn't work. So I actually made them in Mircosoft Powerpoint. There pretty good but I can figure out how to get them here.
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Post by Thunder-blade on Fri May 29, 2009 9:38 pm

Powerpoint?? That's not gonna work...

I'd use *ugh* WMM if you can't get MonkeyJam to work.
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Halen on Fri May 29, 2009 9:53 pm

Powerpoint is only good for a frame every 5 seconds if i recall correctly. Standard stop motion is 24 frames a second.
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Post by Thunder-blade on Fri May 29, 2009 9:53 pm

Plus, there is now way to convert it to a video file...
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Sithassassin on Fri May 29, 2009 9:56 pm

The slideshow looks good but yeah I cant put it into a video file.

@halen: I new to the whole stop motion thing so I have no idea what that means.
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Post by PhiMa on Fri May 29, 2009 10:00 pm

Well, in the stop-motion world, you measure time in FPS (Frames per second). Halen may have overdone it a bit...I haven't seen many with 24fps, and that's basically only possible with good programms that cost money. On average I'd say it's 15FPS. And use Windows movie maker Sith, just import the pictures, and you can add music. Then to....y'know what? Do what I did. Watch this:



This was the video I watched before brickfilming for the first time. Hope it helps.
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Halen on Fri May 29, 2009 10:04 pm

Yeah, 24 fps maybe a little overkill hehe. I just know that is what's in my animation text book for college.
High fps should make the video look more like a movie then just a bunch of pictures.

Check out this wiki: stop motion
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Re: Stop Motion Help

Post by Sialboats on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:03 pm

Thunder-blade wrote:I'd use *ugh* WMM if you can't get MonkeyJam to work.

Sunvabitch.

Windows Movie Maker, while lacking a lot of the tools I'd like it to have, does not fail. It handles rapid transitions fine (as you would think between the frames of a stop motion), and while it does have a propensity for crashing, as long as you don't Frak with the titles and other effects, it looks professional.
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