Put Dragonframe at the heart of your next stop motion movie! Bring your animation to life. Professional on-screen tools for precise movements. Step, play, capture, repeat. Compose and illuminate the perfect shot with camera controls, test shots, and advanced image review tools. Import and edit multiple audio tracks. Read the dialogue track for multiple characters. Schedule animated lighting with simple keyframes. Automate work lights for the animator. Simple front light / tail light programming. Use the intuitive graphical interface to program advanced camera movements.
Features and highlights
ENCOURAGE YOUR WAY
Switch directly between live view and captured frames or switch to auto-toggle. Play in a loop to get the sense of movement you’re aiming for. The playback and step functions are fully customizable for your needs.
Upload multiple still images or reference videos and view them with their animation. Combine them with opacity, pull a chromakey (bluescreen), and even assign a garbage matte to see only the part you want. Pop-out reference videos into a synced player if you want it aside.
With the Dragonframe keyboard, you can focus on animation instead of searching with the mouse. And the hotkeys are fully configurable, so if you really like a function that isn’t on the keyboard, you can move it there.
Configure camera settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and white balance directly from within the program. Check and adjust focus with Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Fujifilm cameras. Take test photos and aim well, before you start.
Compose for multiple formats with confidence. Create custom aspect ratio masks. Match masks with TV safe guides. Add grid overlays for help with composition. Add an insert mask to allow for post-production inserting or panning.
Check the full resolution images. Check for overexposed or underexposed areas with the crop view. Upload images of other scenes to compare exposure and composition. Compare the contrast of the image with the digital densitometer.
Import multiple audio tracks and perform basic edits. Split tracks and drag segments to adjust timing on the fly. You can even move waveforms and character track readings together, to keep them in sync.
READING THE DIALOGUE TRACK
Create characters, explore your audio, and assign words and phonetics for all your dialogue. View this data while animating, on the X-Sheet, Timeline, or Audio HUD.
Control up to 512 lighting channels along with DDMX-512, DMC-16 or DMC +. Set your lighting schedule before shooting, and then watch the app control your lights during the shot, leaving your animators to focus on the animation.
Define your lighting program with keyframes. Adjust the smoothness in each direction with a simplified “bezier” handle, giving you a high degree of control while maintaining an efficient programming interface.
CUSTOM EXPOSURE LIGHTING
It’s easy to create custom lighting programs for different exposures. You can customize the exhibition lighting program directly or create a new program to share one or more exhibitions.
INTEGRATED MOTION CONTROL
Integrated motion control means you can program camera movements and lighting effects from the same system. It means that you can quickly preview your movements with the same camera that you are animating with. It means that the lighting and motion control will be in the right place, at the right time. So if the animator needs to re-shoot a few frames, the Dragon frame can safely move the equipment back to the correct position, always.
Once you’ve programmed a move, you’ll want to test it out. Run a move test inside the Arc workspace and see what it looks like. The Motion Test captures only video assist frames, to speed up the testing process. In a long move, you can re-shoot only the section you are working on. You will have the movement perfected in record time.
You can use a wide range of hardware, from the Arduino-based do-it-yourself DFMoco sketch to kits available from the eMotimo or Slidekamera.
Note: 30-day trial version. It limits you to 50 frames per shot. Images will have a watermark that cannot be removed. Camera RAW formats are not supported in the demo version.