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Monday, 6 September 2021

New version of AnimaShooter 3.8.18 has been released

We are pleased to announce that a new version of the AnimaShooter 3.8.18 has been released, incorporating a bunch of new features and bug fixes: www.animashooter.com

1. New free feature — import of video

AnimaShooter, regardless of version, has stop-motion features that you can use for free at all times — loading and saving projects, shooting frames with webcam or HDMI devices, editing and exporting sequences, filters including chromakey preview, etc. In other words, you don't need a licence to make these features work. Just download any version of the software and get started.   

From version 3.8.18 video import was added to the set of free features. Now using AnimaShooter Capture or AnimaShooter Pioneer you may add video footage (as a sequence of frames) taken from any video file (supported by AnimaShooter) to your project. 

2. Exposure Control for imported or captured RAW footage

The new Exposure Control feature, included in all versions, lets you adjust the exposure of your frames at any time — when you shoot (Capture version), when you import frames (any version), or when you wish if a RAW frame is already included in your project (any version). You can work on a single frame or on all the frames included in your project. This gives you the ability to change the exposure setting whenever you want, not just when you shoot.

3. The new Chromakey Preview filter 

The new Chromakey preview filter allows you to remove the coloured background in your footage and thus check whether everything is okay in your scene if you shoot with chromakey and plan to further remove the background when editing. You can choose any colour as the background for keying your scene, but the background colour mustn't be present on any part of the foreground object. You will usually get the best results with a green background. You can also add a background image that will appear behind the foreground image that has the coloured background removed.       

4. Video Effects

From this version, AnimaShooter has a Video Effects dialogue that allows you to apply one of the suggested effects to the exported video. For frame-by-frame animation, one of the most important effects is Anti-Flicker, an effect that lets you effectively level out jumps in the lightness of a scene or objects in the frame.


Get it: www.animashooter.com

Thursday, 19 August 2021

AnimaShooter 3.8.18 beta version released

What's new?

1. New free feature — import of video

AnimaShooter, regardless of version, has stop-motion features that you can use for free at all times — uploading and saving projects, shooting frames with webcam or HDMI devices, editing and exporting sequences, filters including chromakey preview, etc. In other words, you don't need a licence to make these features work. Just download any version of the software and get started.   

From version 3.8.18 video import was added to the set of free features. Now using AnimaShooter Capture or AnimaShooter Pioneer you may add video footage (as a sequence of frames) taken from any video file (supported by AnimaShooter) to your project. 

2. Exposure Control for imported or captured RAW footage

The new Exposure Control feature, included in all versions, lets you adjust the exposure of your frames at any time — when you shoot (Capture version), when you import frames (any version), or when you wish if a RAW frame is already included in your project (any version). You can work on a single frame or on all the frames included in your project. This gives you the ability to change the exposure setting whenever you want, not just when you shoot.

3. The new Chromakey Preview filter 

The new Chromakey preview filter allows you to remove the coloured background in your footage and thus check whether everything is okay in your scene if you shoot with chromakey and plan to further remove the background when editing. You can choose any colour as the background for keying your scene, but the background colour mustn't be present on any part of the foreground object. You will usually get the best results with a green background. You can also add a background image that will appear behind the foreground image that has the coloured background removed.       

4. Video Effects

From this version, AnimaShooter has a Video Effects dialogue that allows you to apply one of the suggested effects to the exported video. For frame-by-frame animation, one of the most important effects is Anti-Flicker, an effect that lets you effectively level out jumps in the lightness of a scene or objects in the frame.

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Reducing flicker for stop-motion animation

What is flicker?

The common problem is inconsistent lighting or luminance variation between consecutive pictures taken on the same camera, with the same lens and settings.

There are many causes of flicker:

  1. Auto camera settings;

  2. High aperture settings, too fast shutter speeds, Av stepping, Tv stepping;

  3. The type of lens used;

  4. Fluctuating electricity;

  5. Animator's clothing worn, and the materials that are being photographed.

Get the latest AnimaShoter Capture (Beta) and use the Antiflicker effect

Download AnimaShooter 3.8.18. Go to Timing Tab->Video Effects->Antiflicker. Set up the Smoothing algorithm, amount of frames to use in calculation, and click Save & Close. Start encoding.



Disable auto settings (except auto-focus)

Make sure that all auto settings on the camera body and lens are turned off and set to manual. Any auto settings, such as auto-exposure, auto white balance, and light optimizer may cause luminance variations from shot to shot.

Note, you still need auto-focus if you wish to be able to use the Canon zoom feature (x5, x10). Using auto-focus will not cause flicker, but it may cause differences in the focal plane depending on the shot's depth of field and movement.

Use a slower shutter speed

Fast shutter speeds are another common cause of flicker because most DSLRs cannot be consistent from frame to frame when shooting at fast shutter speeds. Keep the exposures to 1/30th of a second or greater.

Use a manual aperture lens to avoid flicker

With a digital lens, the aperture will close down to slightly different positions for each shot. That's why it is strongly recommended to use a manual aperture lens (such as a Nikon lens) with a Canon body. This is not a problem for still photography, but for stop motion it creates flicker. Using a Nikon manual aperture lens with a Nikon to Canon lens adapter for Canon cameras is good.

Note, a manual aperture lens has a physical ring for controlling the aperture. Do not get a ‘G’ series lens, which has no aperture ring.

Any lens with a manual aperture ring should solve the problem, by keeping the iris blades in the same position for the entire duration of the stop-motion shot.

Electricity levels

Electricity fluctuations may affect your lighting setup over the course of the shot or throughout the day. In this case, a variac transformer is your friend.

Clothing

Wear dark clothing while shooting to reduce the risk of light reflecting off the clothes. This is a very common cause of stop-motion flicker.

Your sets and objects

Watch out for highly specular materials that might be lying around or hanging on the walls of the shooting space. Mirrors, metallic objects may be the cause of the flicker.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Shot with AnimaShooter by QuanteStorie Animation Lab

Shot with AnimaShooter. Great stop-motion by QuanteStorie Animation Lab. Flying Tiger mini car: sequenza di montaggio:
 

Monday, 10 May 2021

The best form of High Ground

#Brickfilming video from aspiring animator (home studio Homebrew Lego Animations) working for AnimaShooter:



Starscream vs Ironhide and Ratchet Stop Motion

Another great stop-motion video by youtube author Abraham Martinez, shot with AnimaShooter: Starscream vs Ironhide and Ratchet Stop Motion.



Saturday, 20 March 2021

AnimaShooter entered on the Unified Register of Russian Programs for Electronic Computers and Databases

AnimaShooter Capture software developed by Dmitry Philonenko -- professional user-friendly stop motion animation software with support for Canon DSLR cameras entered on the Unified Register by the Order of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation dated March 18, 2021, No.156​ Appendix No. 2, register No. 9849​.