the best way to capture stop motion shots from my camcorder?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Luis ORTEGA, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. Luis ORTEGA

    Luis ORTEGA Guest

    I'm trying to discover the best way to capture stop motion shots from my
    I have Premiere 6.5 and Pro, Photoshop and After Effects 6.5 Pro.
    Apparently, Premiere Pro no longer offers any options for stop motion
    captures like in Premiere 6.5, but even in Premiere 6.5, the process is
    tedious in the extreme. I can't seem to set a default capture length and
    each clip is 6 seconds long, plus saving each clip is a laborious process.
    Photoshop can also capture from my DV camcorder and at least it makes saving
    the stills easier, but their default length is too long and then I'm forced
    to spend tons of time resizing their lengths on the timeline once I have
    them in Premiere.
    I haven't yet tried with AE Pro.
    What I would like to do is set a default rate of perhaps 3 or 4 frames for
    each capture and then have a reasonably easy way to save each capture so
    that I can bring them into Premiere and automate to timeline.
    Can anyone please advise me on whether the software I mentioned has this
    capability? Am I missing something in setting them up for captures?
    I can't afford to buy yet another software at this time, so I just need
    advice on how to work with the software mentioned.
    Thanks for any advice
    Luis ORTEGA, Mar 1, 2005
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    Ryan Heuser Guest

    Like you said, Photoshop might be better for capturing the stills. Once
    you have the stills in a folder, you can import the entire folder into
    Premiere with a set frame length. I believe you can set that in the
    Preferences dialog (something to do with default frame length). Make
    sure you set this option BEFORE you import the stills. Then,
    theoretically, it should be as simple as dragging and dropping the
    folder of the images onto the timeline.

    But this is certainly an intersting question. I am eager to see what
    others have to say.

    Ryan Heuser, Mar 1, 2005
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  3. Luis ORTEGA

    Luis ORTEGA Guest

    Thanks Ryan, but I'm not familiar with the set frame length feature that you
    mention. Is that in Photoshop or Premiere? That would go a long way to
    making the process less laborious.
    Luis ORTEGA, Mar 1, 2005
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    nap Guest

    nap, Mar 1, 2005
  5. Luis ORTEGA

    Luis ORTEGA Guest

    Ryan I just tested your suggestion and for me it's the perfect solution. I
    can capture from my dv camcorder into photoshop and set the still image
    duration default in premiere to say 3 frames and all of those stills come
    into the premiere timeline at exactly 3 frames.
    I think you solved my problem. Thanks a lot.
    The rest of it is just up to me to decide how many animation movements I
    want in a second of screen time and capture that many changes to my
    claymation figures.
    Thanks again.
    Luis ORTEGA, Mar 1, 2005
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    PTravel Guest

    Scenealyzer Live will do motion capture.
    PTravel, Mar 1, 2005
  7. Luis ORTEGA

    Luis ORTEGA Guest

    I downloaded Sceneanalyzer and it seems to work OK but I can't find any help
    files or information in the settings on how to set the number of frames I
    want to capture with each stop motion grab.
    Can anyone please point me in the right direction? Where's the help files?
    How do you set the number of frames to record for each stop motion capture?
    Luis ORTEGA, Mar 5, 2005
  8. Luis ORTEGA

    nap Guest

    LUIS... try this:
    nap, Mar 5, 2005
  9. Luis ORTEGA

    Luis ORTEGA Guest

    thanks, but I can't afford the $200 to $1400 to buy it and I know from
    experience that the simpler, cheaper versions of a software are usually
    missing just the features you need.
    Luis ORTEGA, Mar 5, 2005
  10. BTV is free. istopmotion is free, Aztek is freeware, why not do a
    search at for stop motion animation programs/shareware?
    nobody special, Mar 5, 2005
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