Who wants to update Anasazi SMA?

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April 8, 2007 at 12:14 pm #274086
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Night Owl

I think it should save images as, well, images. Exporting video files gets pretty useless after a while.

April 8, 2007 at 12:19 pm #274087
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Rich.

Apparently it does, but in temporary folders somewhere.

April 8, 2007 at 1:33 pm #274113
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BertL

Anasazi saves the captured images directly into a videofile. You can find the file in the C: folder.

April 8, 2007 at 6:10 pm #274212
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Mojestic Maffles

I think the big feature to add is to make it easier to scan through, delete, move and manipulate frames.

April 8, 2007 at 6:10 pm #274213
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housestudios

I would like to be able to go back and delete pictures, that’s why I use monkeyjam

April 9, 2007 at 1:25 pm #274406
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fred

Hmm, that code looks confusing. I only know C# and a little at that. I do know somebody who might be able to help though.

April 10, 2007 at 12:09 am #274591
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eventide

“Marc Spess” wrote: We also need to mention you can’t bundle it with software for sale, and that it must remain free.

If compatibility with, say, Linux is desired, this restriction against selling it will make it all but impossible to include in most distributions as many are sold in some form… This isn’t a showstopper, but may make it more difficult for one to install the software.

Some links for my own sanity:

Anasazi Stop Motion Animator
MonkeyJam

As the author of a Linux-only stop motion program also languishing in disrepair, could someone explain what makes updating Anasazi Stop Motion Animator preferable to using MonkeyJam? I am unfamiliar with either program but have looked over the screenshots. Thanks.

April 10, 2007 at 1:28 am #274613
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badgerboy

That sounds like a really great idea. I haven’t used MonkeyJam too much. I really just don’t like it that much. But Anasazi is very easy to learn how to use it. I remember running the program for the first time, and I didn’t read the directions or anything. I just started clicking on grab and soon I clicked done.

I don’t think there should be too many advanced features, because then Anasazi and MonkeyJam would be the same thing. It should have just a few extra things that will make it better, but still be easy to use.

April 10, 2007 at 2:57 am #274643
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Prog Shooter

The main attraction for updating Anasazi would be for the ease of use, Eventide. Monkey Jam, as it’s been said, is a bit unwieldly for someone who just wants to jump right in. With Anasazi, (which has been mentioned in at least one still photography/video magazine) that has never been an issue. The first version of the program is rock solid, and almost bug-free, and it is the easiest of all the animation programs to get the hang of.

April 10, 2007 at 4:10 pm #274768
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BertL

“eventide” wrote: As the author of a Linux-only stop motion program also languishing in disrepair, could someone explain what makes updating Anasazi Stop Motion Animator preferable to using MonkeyJam? I am unfamiliar with either program but have looked over the screenshots. Thanks.

Whereas MonkeyJam ‘looks’ more professional, Anasazi SMA is often praised for its simplicity. You can just setup your set, fire up Anasazi and start capturing. Also, Anasazi has something MonkeyJam hasn’t got: Onion skinning. Last of all, MonkeyJam can be a lot harder to understand for a beginner, I remember all the trouble I had been through before I captured one frame.

However, Anasazi is in need of an update: it has some bugs, and lacks some basic handy tools like Frame Averaging, something MonkeyJam has got. Also Anasazi does not save the captured images as images, but directly as video.

April 10, 2007 at 11:03 pm #274896
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Prog Shooter

Bert, I think the first version of Anasazi is more stable than 1.1. You don’t really need that update. Still, it would be nice to just have the whole thing overhauled, maybe jazzed up a bit graphically…

Is anyone working on it yet. Steffan?

April 11, 2007 at 2:25 pm #275017
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bluejeansummer

Since I have been working on my programming skills recently, I’ll give it a shot. I’m doing a complete re-write of it in Python. Unfortunately, I’m using a Windows-only capture method, so it may not be portable. Now all I need to do is find my webcam…

On a side note, does anyone actually use the Palette feature? I don’t see much need for it, and am wondering if I should just take it out.

— bluejeansummer

April 11, 2007 at 2:32 pm #275019
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Aled Owen

hmmmm, I´m gonna be working on a little way to get Delphi, and then a little other way to learn to progam it. Anyway to the point, while there are great capture programs for all systems, I think it´d be good to try and have a team of people who have different Operating Systems try and program this, so that somebody in need of it should go and find this. I also don´t see the difference with MonkeyJam and this thing you guys are gonna try and cop up, i´m in on the project no matter what anyway.

-Aled

April 11, 2007 at 4:45 pm #275063
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maggosh

Also, Anasazi has something MonkeyJam hasn’t got: Onion skinning.

I don’t fully understand onion skinning.

April 11, 2007 at 4:56 pm #275069
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BertL

Click the link I put on the words Onion skinning.

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