AncientBricks

  • A really lovely film, beautifully filmed, animated and presented. The film has consistent soft-focus look throughout which fits well with the mood of the film.

    The negatives:

    1) In the audio department, the voices were too quiet compared with the gunshot and explosion, and sometimes too quiet compared with the background music. The most…[Read more]

  • A really lovely film, beautifully filmed, animated and presented. The film has consistent soft-focus look throughout which fits well with the mood of the film.

    The negatives:

    1) In the audio department, the voices were too quiet compared with the gunshot and explosion, and sometimes too quiet compared with the background music. The most…[Read more]

  • “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]

  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 7 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]

  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 7 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]

  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 3D in the forum Animation and Effects 7 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

  • 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.

  • “samthelegoman1” wrote: I went to Toys r us last week to pick up Race for the Stolen treasure and guess what I found…Some crappy rip-off bricks! It was some kind of desert Army (War in Iraq?) kind of set. It was HUGE but costs like $30.00.

    I’ve seen that set or similar at TRUs. If I recall correctly, they are “Best Lock” brand. Their…[Read more]

  • Hey Ancientbricks, try downloading and installing the QC 9000’s latest update app & drivers.

  • “Littlebrick” wrote: Twick, I am pretty sure that there is nothing in the Book of Mormon that contradicts anything in the Bible.

    I think this is correct. In fact, I don’t think the Book of Mormon even made any additions to Christian doctrine (though it claims to add historical content). [That has always made me wonder why the Book of Mormon…[Read more]

  • “WAM Breaker” wrote: i haven’t used any compression software i’m just exporting

    If you’re exporting an AVI file, then it is “uncompressed” and it must be massive in size. But an uncompressed AVI should suffer NO quality loss. My version of Pinnacle Studio defaults to exporting compressed AVIs (using Cinepak codec, very crappy) which are quite…[Read more]

  • “WAM Breaker” wrote: i haven’t used any compression software i’m just exporting

    If you’re exporting an AVI file, then it is “uncompressed” and it must be massive in size. But an uncompressed AVI should suffer NO quality loss. My version of Pinnacle Studio defaults to exporting compressed AVIs (using Cinepak codec, very crappy) which are quite…[Read more]

  • Image quality looks good. Lighting wise, I think you might want to add at least one more light, one that’s not coming from right above.

  • I’m a big believer in doing animation tests before you shoot your real shots, because the real shots can take so long, you don’t want to be unprepared for how to animate something in the middle of a real shot, screw up, and have to start the shot over.

    For a walking test, it’s tough to evaluate with only two steps and from a straight-on point…[Read more]

  • “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.

  • Do you guys back up your Uncompressed AVIs, or just your individual frames? My thought is that if a hard drive crashes, you can always rebuild the AVIs from the original frames.

  • “samthelegoman1” wrote: A new Indiana Jones set is coming! :excited:

    That plane looks pretty sweet.

    I saw three other new I.J. sets at Wal-Mart today, but not this one. Unlike the first three, the 3 I saw didn’t seem familiar from any of the first 3 movies, so I figure they might be from the forthcoming 4th film.

    I find these I.J. sets…[Read more]

  • AncientBricks replied to the topic 15 fps in the forum General Brickfilming 8 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]

  • 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]

  • “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]

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