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November 27, 2008 at 7:30 am #403422
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BertL

Most of the beginners start out with a webcam. Because webcams always connect to computers directly, you can easily use (free) animating software to capture your frames with. I didn’t tell you this right away because you said you have no budget, so I didn’t expect you to have a webcam to animate with anyways.

Still, make sure it has manual focus and settings.

November 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm #403433
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meatloafmania12

Please stop posting so many times in a row. there is an edit button you know…

November 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm #403441
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WarrENDeatH

“BertL” wrote: Most of the beginners start out with a webcam. Because webcams always connect to computers directly, you can easily use (free) animating software to capture your frames with. I didn’t tell you this right away because you said you have no budget, so I didn’t expect you to have a webcam to animate with anyways.

Still, make sure it has manual focus and settings.

It has the settings but it doesn’t have a manual focus atleast that I know of. Never used a webcam before. Its a logitech STX 2004ish.

November 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm #403444
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BertL

Yeah, your webcam has fixed focus (which is bad because you can’t un-blur things). A solution like this one might work, though. And it’s free, too! It’ll require some nerves of steel and technical skills though. If you’re willing to break open your webcam and able to “hack and slash” the thing into manual focus without damaging your webcam, you might end up being able to animate very easily.

However, even with fixed focus you can start practicing your animation and set building and everything.

November 27, 2008 at 7:20 pm #403449
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WarrENDeatH

Edit: I read the guide. I’m somewhat confused by the tutorial. Can someone give me a better in depth version of it? I have no experience with webcams so any help would be greatly appreciated.

November 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm #403451
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Hazzat

I read it and it sounds like this:

1. Crack open your camera.
2. Look around for a little blob of glue around the front.
3. Scrape it off without touching the sensor.
4 Be happy.

November 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm #403452
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WarrENDeatH

All I needed mate. :)

November 28, 2008 at 1:36 am #403462
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WarrENDeatH

I opened it up and I don’t see the glue?Its around the camera tip right?I only have one side off and I don’t know what part of the camera is the sensor. Hopefully I haven’t touched it yet.

November 29, 2008 at 3:11 am #403524
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Squash

OK, I’ve never been inside the Communicate STX, so I’m not sure if the solution is applicable to that model or not. Do you think you could use the digital camera to take a picture of what you have so far? I may be able to tell you what the important parts are from that.
The sensor would be the tiny “lens” that the camera is sees through directly, in the QC5K it is soldered to the circuit board, I”m not sure if it is in the STX or not, but if I were to guess I’d say it probably is. Really, touching it accidentally likely won’t hurt the camera, I just put to avoid it, just to be on the safe side.

November 29, 2008 at 5:14 am #403528
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WarrENDeatH

I did what was asked and it came out sharper and stuff is a lot easier to see, however stuff does seem a bit grainy. I haven’t started shooting my film yet but some of the random pictures stuff seem grainy(this might be because I have lack of light around my comp area). I did get the glue off and it works.

November 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm #403540
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BertL

Can you post some pictures to show us what you mean? Grain can be caused by several things.

(If you need an image host service, majhost is fairly easy.

November 30, 2008 at 1:40 am #403575
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WarrENDeatH

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii59 … cture9.jpg

It might just be me.

November 30, 2008 at 2:57 am #403577
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ahnt

What you mean is focus, the minifigs are not “sharp” but the camera in the back is, either you focus it (by turning the lense) or you move the minifis further away from the camera.

The rest is the problem of every webcam, the colors look a little weird, and everything appears to be to pixely, only a higher resolution will help, or a little blur, or frame averaging,

Cheers Arend

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