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  • “dvondrake” wrote: MediaCoder says it can convert RealMedia to AVIs, but I’ve never been able to get it to work properly. Maybe you guys’ll have better luck.

    BUMP

    Just a couple days ago I stumbled upon MediaCoder looking for RM to AVI conversion after having no luck with media-convert.com nor zamzar.com (for RM conversion). MediaCoder has…[Read more]

    6 years, 8 months ago
  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 6 years, 8 months ago

    Here’s a crazy idea for using 2 QC 9000s: Set the rig up so that one camera is upright and the other is upside down. That would allow the lenses of the cameras to be much closer together than if they were both upright. I’m assuming it would be quite easy to use VirtualDub or something to rotate the upside frames 180 degrees. But it’s an…[Read more]

    6 years, 8 months ago
  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 6 years, 8 months ago

    I’ve also been pondering the notion. I’ve been thinking that to make something of decent quality (stop motion, not CGI), I’ll need two cameras that I can lock down. So I’m thinking about getting a 2nd QC Pro 9000 and put them on one wide camera rig, hinged between the two cameras so they can both be aimed at the primary subject of the shot. I…[Read more]

    6 years, 8 months ago
  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 6 years, 8 months ago

    Here’s an anaglyph 3D brick film from gominimango.com. I find it moderately effective, but am not blown away by its appearance, but maybe anaglyph can’t look much better. This CGI, not stop-motion with two camera angles per frame.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNWzUEYuVlE

    6 years, 8 months ago
  • Here’s a good one by Smeagol on chromakeying in Axogon Composer. It gives you a good idea of how things generally work on Ax Composer and after going through it, I was able to figure out a bunch of other features on my own.

    6 years, 11 months ago
  • “maronislego” wrote: Huh? If you dont like animatinf, well animation is the main focus, not sets…

    My main focus is film-making with stop-mo animation as a slow, painstaking means to an end.

    7 years ago
  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 15 fps in the forum General Brickfilming 7 years ago

    I had been using VirtualDub (free and very powerful, highly recommend it to EVERYONE) to crop my 4:3 images to widescreen images in a batch (all at once). Only today did it dawn on me that I could just as easily export those frames as an AVI. The key is that all your frames have to be sequentially numbered, with no frames missing. In VDub, open…[Read more]

    7 years ago
  • Not too bad, especially if that was your first walk test.

    How many frames did you use for 1 walk cycle? And what was your frames per second (FPS) rate?

    I’d suggest you have him swing his arms when he walks. Walk around your house some and notice how your arms swing in relation to your footsteps.

    Have you thought about having your fig…[Read more]

    7 years ago
  • “MINTYfreshCOJO” wrote:

    How do you do frame averaging with monkeyjam or animatorDVsimple?

    In AnimatorDV, open the Frame Average window by selecting Window/Frame Average… From there, you can set how many images you want the app to use in the averaging. The higher the number, the better the quality image you’ll get, but the longer each frame…[Read more]

    7 years ago
  • “mahj” wrote: I managed to shoot a second short film, this time using the simpler rigging thingamabob

    Hey mahj, I agree w/ Smeagol that that is a darn smooth pan. I’m curious: Did you pre-plan to turn some gear wheel on your rig 1/4 turn per frame (or something similar) to guarantee smooth movement, or did you just eye-ball it?

    7 years ago
  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 15 fps in the forum General Brickfilming 7 years ago

    “MINTYfreshCOJO” wrote: I use monkeyjam and im pretty sure you can import pictures. It would probably be a pain though.

    I capture my frames using CMSC or AnimatorDV and ALWAYS import them into MonkeyJam. It’s quite easy to do. The great thing about using Monkey Jam to create your AVIs instead of other capture software is that it is very easy to…[Read more]

    7 years ago
  • I bought some bulk Lego and Mega Bloks on eBay end of 2007. I watched about 25 bulk lots and collected the data on a spreadsheet because “that’s how I roll”. ;) Anyway, I’ve upped my data HERE. I included shipping cost because some people pad the cost of their items on eBay by jacking up what they charge for shipping. So because it is a…[Read more]

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • Do any of these do “non-linear” zooms? These would simulate a camera push where the camera starts from stationary before pushing in, or pushes in and then slows gradually to stationary just like how grips would push around a live action camera rig.

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • “filmyguy” wrote: yeah, how did you do that? :shock: :D

    The stair climbing or the strange head motions?

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • I’m surprised that some people do 24fps, some 25fps. 24 makes sense if you’re doing a theatrical release. (Anyone? I wish there were, but I doubt it.) 25fps is probably great if you’re in Europe and want to convert your films to DVD or video tape (PAL TV standard is 25 fps). I think 25 makes little sense to use in the North America. I have…[Read more]

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • I’m not sure why Tim’s having a problem with the app, but I just tried using CSMC with my Powershot S2 IS and it seemed to work fine. (Though it did finally crash on me when I was trying to do some zooming with the right and left arrow keys. Since it wasn’t zooming like it does when I move the slider with the mouse, I hit the ‘enter’ key and…[Read more]

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • Nice little film. But 180MB AVI for a 47 second film? Yikes! :) Try compessing using DivX or something similar.

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • I’ve got a different PowerShot, a S2 IS, but I believe they all come with the same capture software. I’ve also tried a program called GBTimeLapse and spoken with the developer of that app. The conclusion of all that was the Canon’s manual focus and SuperMacro functionality can not be accessed by remote control (through USB). I find it all very…[Read more]

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • Animating a mini-fig going up and down stairs is more challenging than I would have thought. Here’s a link to my best attempt so far, but it’s only a 4 frame climbing cycle (at 5fps). I just can’t see a way to insert more frames into the cycle to smooth the motion out a bit. Can anyone take up the challenge to demonstrate how to do a higher…[Read more]

    7 years, 1 month ago
  • Here’s my simple, low-profile design. The camera is locked solid in its lowest position, so to raise the camera, you have to build it up with bricks under the cradle rather than using the camera’s own hinged base.

    You can go here for building instructions.

    7 years, 3 months ago
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