Frame Averaging in Stop Motion Pro 4

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April 25, 2003 at 6:55 am #1485
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hali

Hi everyone. For those interested the excellent animation prog stop motion pro is out with a new version which includes frame averaging! (a first to be included in an animation package on PC)

wow!

http://www.stopmotionpro.com

Hali

April 25, 2003 at 7:04 am #1486
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Cometgreen

Tisk tisk Hali. Lowweek already started a new topic on this. ;)

And that’s great! Frame averaging is something I’m gonna try out soon, and I’m so glad they came out with their new version before I bought it. This is such great timing. :)

Cometgreen

April 25, 2003 at 7:15 am #1488
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hali

sorry. just got back from hols and have not caught up with everything forum wise.

busy reviewing films and getting ready for next update

April 25, 2003 at 1:00 pm #1498
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Yolegoman

“hali” wrote: sorry. just got back from hols and have not caught up with everything forum wise.

busy reviewing films and getting ready for next update

Yay!

I dunno about frame averaging though, I can get pretty good quality film with my Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000…

‘Sides, the “Yolego_Top” (My laptop ;) ) Comes first. Have 900 dough, need 1350 (Shrugs)

April 26, 2003 at 2:06 am #1538
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As this thread is actually different from the other SMP thread (ie frame averaging talk…)

Ok, I downloaded the demo to test out the averaging feature.

In a nutshell: AWESOME!

I guess those who have been using averaging inbuilt in mac progs know this already, but even if you have a good cam (ie. I was using it with my Kodak DVC 325, which gives a pretty good picture anyway) it improves the quality in a noticeable way.

You can select how many frames to average out 5, 10, 20, 50 (maybe more can’t remember). It seems to work really well in low lighting conditions, for example when you WANT to film in low light for effect (like near the end of good company) .

It also really helps with minor lighting fluctuations helping to mask them as well.

and to move away from that. The Onionskinning is WAY more useable than in version 3.5, and seems to work a whole lot more quickly too.

Hali

April 26, 2003 at 3:42 am #1545
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Cometgreen

Hmm, this has got me to thinking. Do they average it by capturing, say, 5 frames, or does it take 5 frames at different times and automatically averages them and saves it as one image file? The ladder would be a lot more hard drive friendly.

Cometgreen

April 26, 2003 at 5:44 am #1547
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hali

When you click the ‘capture’ button it takes the number of frames you have defined in very quick succession. It then averages them and saves them as ONE single frame. It is really quick on my machine in the tests i have done with 10 and 20 frames.

hali

April 26, 2003 at 6:31 am #1548
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Cometgreen

…That is probably the sweetest thing I have ever heard of. 8)

Excellent. Everything is going as planned…

Cometgreen

April 27, 2003 at 3:06 pm #1640
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T

I’ve recently received the licence for V4.

I haven’t tried it to much, but it’s very great if you go for perfect animating.

April 28, 2003 at 3:15 am #1688
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IndyA

What is the point in buying this for quite a bit of cash….whe you can use a free program sma? Can you guys explain to me what is the advantage to this….because i never completely understood… :D
Thanks :-D
Kindest Regards
IndyA

April 28, 2003 at 4:44 am #1689
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Cometgreen

Go to the stopmotionpro website and look at the features. More than 1 layer of onion skinning, rotoscope, and now frame averaging. Those three are well worth $190 I think (or $100 if you’re a student).

Cometgreen

April 29, 2003 at 12:12 am #1752
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IndyA

Well dude…. :D can you explain to me exactly how each of the things you talked about would help my animation???

P.S.
If im a student??? does 6-10th grade count?

April 29, 2003 at 1:41 am #1756
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Cometgreen

Onion skinnning-great to make sure certain objects don’t move, or if you bump the camera, you should be able to align the camera back up correctly. It can also help if you want to move the camera. Just focus on something in the scene and move the camera a little bit every time. Onion skinning will help.

Rotoscope-A GREAT function if you want to recreate human characteristics. You want to have a slow walk? Film yourself walking at the right speed, dump it in, and then have your fig follow your steps.

Frame averaging-gives you a crystal clear picture. It can even make the Legocam useful. Want to film in the dark? Go ahead! The noise aspect of filming in the dark will be virtually cut out.

And yes, for most places, all you need to do is prove that you are a student (grade school, high school, or college) and then you get a special price. You can get Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and Illustrator for $500 at some student discount places. Just make sure you don’t use them for commercial purposes.

Cometgreen

April 29, 2003 at 3:16 am #1762
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IndyA

Ok now i see its worth all that…thanks…i needed that jolt in my brain :D
IndyA

April 29, 2003 at 12:42 pm #1787
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Yolegoman

*Struggles* *Moans* Laptop… Stop Motion Pro… Laptop… or Stop Motion Pro… Laptop…

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