Monthly Archives: October 2008

Sony DCR-HC62 – USB Streaming at last that works!

Just purchased the Sony DCR HC62E to use with stop motion movies on PC. First here is the tech spec. Title: Sony DCR-HC62 1MP MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom Maximum Resolution: 0.7 Megapixel Focal Length: 2.5 – 62.5 millimeters Zoom: x25 (optical), x2000 (digital) LCD Display Size: 2.7 inches Item Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.3 inches, 8 pounds Package Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.2 x 4.8 inches, 2.3 pounds OK the reason I chose this paticular camera was for it’s USB streaming capabilities. Did it work – Yes. Basically what you have here is a super webcam with 25x optical zoom , 25 fps at 640×480 with a crystal clear picutre and excellent color reproduction. It takes your stop motion animation up a level if you have been using only webcams. Also you have a DV output on this camera which again is ideal for Stop Motion. The other reason for choosing this camera is that because you are using the USB interface only..it will work with any stop motion software out there. The USB drivers must be loaded from the accompanying CD however before you can use it. Recommended..YES !  ( NOTE – Only Tested on a PC…not sure if it works on MAC )
By |October 25th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Which DV Camcorders Have pass-through ?

      If you are thinking about buying a camcorder and want to use it for stop motion animation such as claymation etc. then I  have compiled a  list of some of the DV camcorders that have “pass through” capabilities. While this is not a full  listing, it will give you some idea of what is available. What I found is that DV pass-thru is available on most DV cameras with the exception of the lowest priced models and those with DCD writeable media. There are other models out there and new models coming on to the market all the time so just make sure you check the manuals to see if the  camera has pass through capabilities. But note unfortunately “Pass-through” is not always obvious as a feature in the manual or specificiations  and you may need to route through the user manual at the manufacturers site. Canon ZR60 ZR100 ZR200 ZR300 ZR400 Elura 80 Elura 85 Elura 90 Optura S1 Optura 50 Optura 60 Optura 400 Optura 500 Optura 600 No pass through on the DC10 or DC20 Sony DCR-HC42 DCR-HC32 DCR-PC55 DCR-HC90 DCR-PC1000 (3cc) DCR-HC21-NO analog DCR-TRV480 DCR-TRV460 JVC GRD72US GR-D73 and GR-D93 GR-DF430US GR-DF450US GR-DF550US GR-D860 Mini DV Camcorder (also can WebCam Function) GR-DZ7US has analog input but not sure about pass-thru GR-X5US has analog input but not sure about pass-thru   Panasonic PV-GS120 PV-GS150 PV-GS250 PV-GS400 PV-DV852
By |October 23rd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

USB Streaming for Stop Motion Animation

Up to recently DV and USB on Webcams and in some cases Analog capture have been the main stay of stop motion animators for capturing frames. But now there is a new kid on the block..”USB Streaming”. It is primarily being pushed by Sony at present but a number of other manufacturers are moving in that direction also. The concept behind it is to promote or allow the use of USB rather than DV / Firewire to import video from your camcorder to your PC / Mac rather than to facilitate live capture. Its the live capture element of the setup that is of interest to us however. In the case of the Sony camcorders it is the hard disk based cameras that it is more evident for obvious reasons. However if you are considering purchasing such a camera for your stop motion then be sure to check the model has what Sony describe as “Webcam Function” rather than just relying on it having USB streaming. JVC also have a good range of camcorders with the WebCam function over Firewire (DV) at a good price. While this is not USB streaming per se the result for stop motion animators is the same.
By |October 16th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bouncing Light For Stop Motion Animation

I had a question recently through our webmaster address asking “Anyway my question is that in movies I see people for lighting use a direct light and bounce it off of something. It is usually a silver or white colorWould that work for better lighting if you bounced say a board wrapped in tin foil or painted white or maybe one of those things u stick in your car window to stop the sun from coming in.” I answered as follows.. In regard to the bouncing light issue..I would say this..The reason animators bounce light is to avoid glare or shiny spots on the characters. This happens if the light is too strong. So there are two ways to dampen the effect  1 – Bounce the light ( as you say ) or 2 – Use a light dampener such as putting greaseproof paper over the light. Be careful not to put it too close to the bulb as it will eventually start to burn. Bouncing the light can work but it takes up space on your set (where sets are small this is an issue ) and it can be time consuming trying to get the perfect deflection angle etc So I would advise getting some GreaseProof paper (available in baking stall of shops ..its used in baking as it is heat proof Let me know how you get on. However there is one other way..which might work in some circumstances…using the set to block / dampen the light eg. This shot is from one of my favourite brickfilms from a guy called.. Lindsay Fleay The film was made in 2004 with a Cine Camera ( http://www.rakrent.com/mp/mp.htm) A work of genius But […]

Legomation.com Gone –> StopMotionCentral.com Arrives

After a year or so, the legomation.com website is taking early retirement. Due to an issue with an alleged trademark infringement we have decided to move to a new domain StopMotionCentral.com. The legomation site was a success as far as we can make out..we got plenty of visitors and held a successful stop motion brickfilm competition. We had feedback from those new to stop motion saying that the site helped them to get started. They said the brickfilm tutorials were clear and easy to follow. The new site we have decided to branch out a bit by including all types of stop motion such as claymation ( clay animation ) 2D animation etc. while keeping the brickfilm or legomation side of things going also. We also have started a WIKI – called StopMoPedia.  It will be cover all you need to know about stop motion animation in a wiki format. So get editting and add an entry. So I hope you visit us and join the forum, visit our blog and our new WikiPedia called “StopMoPedia”.
By |October 7th, 2008|Announcements|0 Comments